Jervis McEntee: Painter-Poet of the Hudson River School
Curated by Lee A. Vedder
August 26 – December 13, 2015
Morgan Anderson and Howard Greenberg Family Galleries
Jervis McEntee, Winter Sunset after a Storm, 1870, 2010.013.001
Jervis McEntee: Painter-Poet of the Hudson River School, curated by Lee A. Vedder, Ph.D., is the first museum retrospective of McEntee's 40-year career and seeks to redefine his place in the history of 19th-century American landscape painting. While most of the Hudson River School painters came from far beyond its riverbanks, Jervis McEntee (1828-1891) was born and died in Rondout (later Kingston), on the Hudson's west bank. Moreover, he devoted the major part of his energies to painting the nuances of the local Hudson Valley and nearby Catskills, following his own unique artistic compass. The exhibition and accompanying catalogue will present McEntee's art in the context of his aesthetic and poetic temperament, and the inspiration and encouragement he derived from his close circle of artist friends, which included architect Calvert Vaux and fellow landscape painters Frederic Church, Sanford Gifford, John F. Weir, and Worthington Whittredge. The exhibition will include approximately 80 paintings and works on paper from private and public collections.
Thomas Benjamin Pope: Landscapes of Newburgh and Beyond
Curated by Chloe DeRocker
August 26 – December 13, 2015
Thomas Benjamin Pope, Untitled (Rosary Heights Looking South to City of Newburgh), n.d., oil on canvas, 16 x 26 in., collection of Richard and Marguerite Lease
Thomas Benjamin Pope: Landscapes of Newburgh and Beyond showcases eight paintings by Hudson River School artist Thomas Benjamin Pope from the collection of Richard and Marguerite Lease. Scenes from the Hudson River Valley, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and possibly Europe tell the story of Pope's life and travels. Pope's landscapes display his distinct approach to representing the atmosphere, particularly the sky. To this day Pope remains a notable figure in the history and culture of his beloved Newburgh.
Reading Objects 2015
August 26 — December 13, 2015
Sara Bedrick Gallery
Frank Paulin, Automat, Times Square, 1956 [printed 2009], pigment print, gift of the artist, 2009.035.004
Reading Objects 2015 is part of an ongoing, interdisciplinary series featuring works from the permanent collection of The Dorsky Museum. The works on display are accompanied by texts or other responses to the work prepared by SUNY New Paltz faculty and staff. Responses take the form of poetry, prose, fiction and non-fiction, as well as collaborative texts.
Andrew Lyght: Full Circle
Curated by Tumelo Mosaka
January 20 — April 12, 2016
Alice and Horace Chandler and North Galleries
Opening reception Saturday, February 5, 2016, 5–7 pm
Andrew Lyght, Air Rights NYLyght 6136, 2009–10, color pencil and inkjet print on cotton rag paper, courtesy the artist
Full Circle is a venture into the departures, encounters, discoveries, and transgressions that inform Andrew Lyght's artistic practice and life. While living and working for decades in various cultural contexts such as Guyana, Canada, and the United States, Lyght has pursued an extensive inquiry into the mechanics of art making. Curated by Tumelo Mosaka, Andrew Lyght: Full Circle is the artist's first museum exhibition since he moved to Kingston, NY in 2006. Best known for his flexible and volumetric forms, vibrant paintings, and abstract linear drawings, Lyght creates a wide range of works that analyze the structural properties of painting and reanimate pictorial space as an open system. Over the many years he has developed an art form that explores the built environment as a dynamic pictorial subject, introducing new ways of seeing the world around us.