Current Exhibitions

In/Animate: Recent Work by Myra Mimlitsch-Gray

Curated by Akiko Busch

August 31 – December 11, 2016
Sara Bedrick Gallery

Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, Clove Oval, 2010, copper, brass, courtesy the artist


In/Animate surveys the past decade of work by Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, internationally renowned metalsmith and head of the Metal Program at SUNY New Paltz. Curated by author Akiko Busch, the exhibition explores a variety of artistic processes using iron, copper, brass, silver, and enameled steel. Mimlitsch-Gray’s domestic artifacts suggest a coalescence of body and thing, conveying the mutability of the animate and inanimate and reflecting the intimacy between people and the objects they use. A spoon could be a lip, or a dangling twist of fabric, a vein. Over 40 meticulously crafted works contribute to the contemporary conversation about how household objects express ideas about presentation, utility, and class. 

Bradley Walker Tomlin: A Retrospective

Curated by Daniel Belasco

August 31 — December 11, 2016
Morgan Anderson Gallery

Bradley Walker Tomlin, Number 8, 1949, oil on canvas, private collection, courtesy Manny Silverman Gallery

The Dorsky Museum, in partnership with the Everson Museum of Art, is organizing the first retrospective and catalogue of American painter Bradley Walker Tomlin (1899–1953) since 1975. “The gentleman Abstract Expressionist,” in the words of poet John Ashbury, Tomlin was known for his elegance in both painting style and personal comportment. Bradley Walker Tomlin: A Retrospective will include over 40 paintings, works on paper, and printed materials, charting Tomlin’s development from art nouveau illustrations of the 1920s to large-scale Abstract Expressionist paintings of the 1950s. The exhibition explores his formative years in Syracuse, early patronage by Condé Nast, and the important role played by the Woodstock art colony. Tomlin is best known as a key figure in the New York School and had close friendships with Adolph Gottlieb, Philip Guston, and Robert Motherwell. Unlike most of his peers, Tomlin focused on the impersonal possibilities of art. His carefully orchestrated paintings resonate with our time’s renewed interest in abstraction and design.

On the Street and in the Studio: Photographs Donated by Howard Greenberg (Part II)

Curated by Daniel Belasco

August 31 – December 11, 2016
Howard Greenberg Family Gallery

Carmen de Lavallade

Carl Van Vechten, Carmen de Lavallade, c. 1955, gelatin silver print, gift of Howard Greenberg 

Dealer and specialist Howard Greenberg has significantly impacted the study and collecting of photography over the past four decades, expanding the field to include once underappreciated artists and movements around the globe. Among his legacies are 1,148 photographs donated to The Dorsky Museum, forming a rich study collection of works by 101 artists. On the Street and in the Studio is a two-part exhibition that evaluates more than 70 highlights and novelties. In Spring 2016, Part I focused on street photography, defined as spontaneous photographs taken in urban public spaces. In Fall 2016, Part II focuses on portraiture and the personal relationship between photographer and subject

The Dorsky Collects: Selections from the Permanent Collection

Curated by Wayne Lempka

August 31 – Ongoing
Corridor Gallery


Milton Avery, Card Players, 1944, oil on canvas, gift of Mr. & Mrs. Roy R. Neuberger, 1954.002

From its humble beginnings in the 1950s, the permanent collection of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art (formerly known as The College Art Gallery) has grown to comprise roughly 6,000 objects spanning over 4,000 years. While many individuals have been responsible for the increase in the number of objects accessioned into the collection, it was through the initial efforts of both the University’s Faculty Wives Club and the Arts & Crafts Society that a permanent collection was established on campus. When one considers that the few hundred objects which initially formed the core of the permanent collection in the 1950s, have grown to comprise approximately 6,000 objects, one cannot help but reflect upon the diligent efforts and the extreme generosity of a vast number of patrons over the last six decades.

All Excess Stripped Away: Donations to The Dorsky Museum by Hugo Munsterberg

Curated by Elizabeth Brotherton

August 31 – December 11, 2016
Seminar Room

Kitagawa Utamaro, Two women, c. 1800, Woodcut, 1989.010.002, gift of Hugo Munsterberg

The items gathered in this exhibition were all donated to the College Art Gallery (later The Dorsky Museum) by Professor Emeritus Hugo Munsterberg (d. 1995), who began teaching in the Division of Art Education at SUNY New Paltz in 1958. The widely differing cultures and periods that are represented in this group of art works indicate Munsterberg’s broad approach, regarding art as a primordial activity common to all humanity, and as a carrier of meaning that transcended its immediate background or cultural boundary, and also show his support for practicing artists working in the Art Department of SUNY New Paltz or in the larger Hudson Valley area.

CAMPSITE: Hudson Valley Artists 2016

Curated by Corinna Ripps Schaming

June 18 — November 13, 2016
Alice and Horace Chandler Gallery and North Gallery

Jessica Baker, Circle of Change, 2016, Tree logs, coins, courtesy the artist

CAMPSITE: Hudson Valley Artists 2016 draws inspiration from the traditions, rituals, and aesthetics associated with the region’s rich history of summer camps. From tent grounds to sleepaway camps to pleasure resorts, these sites conjure up the promise of new adventures, diversions, libidinal pursuits, and unfettered experimentation. Summer camp can be an escape, a state of mind, or a metaphor by which to confront emotional longings and dislocations of daily life. Moving freely across artistic disciplines and mediums, including performance, textiles, painting, drawing, installation, video, and photography,CAMPSITE promises to transform the museum space into a locus of visual pleasures and unexpected activities where playful exploration leads to more serious engagement with the larger world.

The 14 participating artists are: Jessica Baker, Black Lake (Susan Jennings and Slink Moss), Elizabeth Ennis, Tara Fracalossi, Chris Freeman, Laura Kaufman, Thomas Lail, Meg Lipke, Michael Covello Odalla, Ruby Palmer, Jeff Starr, Amy Talluto, Katharine Umsted, and Chris Victor.

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