Current Exhibitions

1980s Style: Image and Design in The Dorsky Museum Collection

Curated by Daniel Belasco

February 5 — July 13, 2014
Sara Bedrick Gallery

Opening reception: Saturday, February 8, 5–7 pm

Barbara Kasten, Construct A + A, 1984, Polaroid print, 24 x 20 in., Gift of Monique Goldstrom, 2001.086.002

The 1980s had a look all its own. 1980s Style includes prints, photographs, and jewelry from the collection of The Dorsky Museum that exemplify the stark geometries and vibrant colors of the decade. The exhibition asks to what extent are bold shapes, bright colors, asymmetry, and cartoonish figuration the visual and formal manifestations of emotional turmoil and artistic activism? Featuring work by Tina Barney, Richard Bosman, Frank Gillette, Lisa Gralnick, Barbara Kasten, George McNeil, Judy Pfaff, Andy Warhol, and others.



Along His Own Lines: A Retrospective of New York Realist Eugene Speicher

Curated by Valerie Ann Leeds

February 5, 2014 — July 13, 2014
Morgan Anderson, Howard Greenberg Family, and Corridor Galleries

The exhibition catalogue is available online here.

coral necklace
Eugene Speicher, Girl in a Coral Necklace, c. 1935, oil on canvas, 24 x 20 in., Private collection

New York painter Eugene Speicher (1883-1962) was one of the foremost American realists of his generation, closely associated with George Bellows, Robert Henri, Leon Kroll, and Rockwell Kent. Born in Buffalo, NY, Speicher first garnered national recognition in the 1910s for his incisive portraits of actors, artists, and friends, which were collected by many prominent American museums. Splitting his professional time between New York City and Woodstock, NY, Speicher expanded his repertoire to include still life, nudes, and landscape. Along His Own Lines is the first Speicher museum survey since 1963. The exhibition and accompanying catalogue explore Speicher's role in the Woodstock art colony and the New York art world and reevaluate his place in the canon of early twentieth-century American art.


Henri Cartier-Bresson and "The Decisive Moment"
Works from The Dorsky Museum's Permanent Collection

Curated by Wayne Lempka

Through July 13
Dorsky Museum Seminar Room

Henri Cartier-Bresson, Boys Playing Amidst Ruins—Spanish Civil War, 1937, Gelatin Silver Print, Museum Purchase, 1960.003

"The Decisive Moment" was a term coined by the pioneer of street photography, Henri Cartier-Bresson (French, 1908–2004). During much of Cartier-Bresson's early life, photography was still a relatively new medium that was not taken as seriously as other art forms. Photographers were often criticized for not having the same discipline and creativity as traditional artists since they had the ability to create their images in a matter of seconds, not hours or days.

Cartier-Bresson believed "The Decisive Moment"—that split second of genius and inspiration—differentiated the photographer from artists working in mediums such as drawing and painting.

The photographs in this exhibition, with the exception of Boys Playing Amidst Ruins—Spanish Civil War, were donated to The Dorsky by Howard Greenberg.


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