Current Exhibitions

The Stories We Tell: Hudson Valley Artists 2015

June 20 — November 8, 2015
Alice and Horace Chandler Gallery/North Gallery

Opening reception Saturday, June 20, 5–7 pm

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Deb Lucke, Barking Deer, Fall 2013, Archival inkjet print, courtesy the artist

The Stories We Tell focuses on the narrative form of contemporary art and examines how stories shape our experience and our understanding of the world. Instinctively, we are all storytellers merging fiction with non-fiction and conflating the real with the imagined.

Sean Bayliss | Allen Bryan | Dina Bursztyn | Maureen Cummins | Tasha Depp | Marcia Due | Richard Edelman | Ben Fishman | Kevin Frank | Derek James | Tana Kellner | Virginia Lavado | Deb Lucke | Kathleen MacKenzie | Nestor Madalengoitia | Norman Magnusson | Matthew Maley | Perry Meigs | Phyllis Gay Palmer | Michael Rose | Phil Sigunick | Ken Tannenbaum | Jean Tansey | Jerry Thompson | Karen Whitman | Tona Wilson

This year's edition of the museum's annual juried exhibition of work by Hudson Valley artists will run from June 20 — November 8, 2015 in the Dorsky's Alice and Horace Chandler Gallery and North Gallery. The exhibition is being juried by Mary-Kay Lombino, an award-winning curator of contemporary art and The Emily Hargroves Fisher '57 and Richard B. Fisher Curator and Assistant Director for Strategic Planning of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College.


Grace Hartigan: Myths and Malls

Curated by Daniel Belasco

Sara Bedrick Gallery
February 7 — July 12, 2015

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Grace Hartigan, Reisterstown Mall, 1965, oil on canvas, 80 x 102 in., Collection of Hart Perry

Grace Hartigan (1922–2008) was prominent in the Abstract Expressionist group of New York artists in the 1950s. Grace Hartigan: Myths and Malls is the first museum show of her work since 2001, focusing on a dozen vigorously painted oils and works on paper that chart her shift from abstraction to Pop in the early 1960s, when she moved from New York to Baltimore. Hartigan devised a new painterly language to address popular culture, the urban environment, and her identity as a woman artist. Many of the paintings, collected by Hartigan's friend Beatrice Perry of Germantown, NY, have not been exhibited in decades.

The Conservation of the George Inness Painting Keene Valley, Adirondacks, 1885: Works from The Dorsky Museum's Permanent Collection

Curated by Wayne Lempka

March 25 – July 12, 2015
Seminar Room

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George Inness, Keene Valley, Adirondacks, 1885, oil on board, gift of Elizabeth Koppitz, 1961.001.001

Thanks to a generous grant received in 2013 from the Conservation Treatment Grant Program administered by the Greater Hudson Heritage Network, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art was able to have much-needed cleaning and repair work completed on one of the museum's most important 19th century paintings along with its period frame. The 1885 oil on board, Keene Valley, Adirondacks, was conserved by Marie Bruno from Arte Artigianato Restauro, Inc. and its original period frame by Janine Lambers of Lambers, Inc.

Besides featuring the conserved painting and frame, this exhibition also provides photographic documentation to give viewers a brief overview of the various steps painting conservator Marie Bruno followed to complete a project such as ours.

The Conservation Treatment Grant Program of Greater Hudson Heritage Network is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.



Videofreex: The Art of Guerrilla Television

Curated by Andrew Ingall

February 7 — July 12, 2015
Morgan Anderson and Howard Greenberg Family Galleries

John Dominis, Videofreex (l. to r.) David Cort, Bart Friedman, and Parry Teasdale (holding Sarah Teasdale) introduce Lanesville, NY resident Scottie Benjamin to Sony Portapak technology at Maple Tree Farm, 1973, Courtesy Videofreex

This exhibition surveys the history and mythology of the Videofreex, a collective of artists, storytellers, and activists who produced and disseminated alternative media across New York and other U.S. communities during the 1970s. The Videofreex exploited the new technology of portable video as an emerging medium for creative expression and as a democratic tool for disseminating independent points of view in a pre-digital age. By establishing the first pirate television station in the United States, the Videofreex created a base for media education and training, and an informal media art center hosting local and international visitors. The core members of the Videofreex, many of whom are active today as artists and media makers, include Skip Blumberg, Nancy Cain, David Cort, Bart Friedman, Davidson Gigliotti, Chuck Kennedy, Mary Curtis Ratcliff, Parry Teasdale, Carol Vontobel, and Ann Woodward.

Read curator Andrew Ingall's blog on the Videofreex website.


The Maverick Festival at 100

Curated by Daniel Belasco

Corridor Gallery
February 7 — July 12, 2015

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Stowall Studios, Ruth Schrader in The Arabian Nights, 1928, Gelatin silver print, Jean Gaede and Fritzi Striebel Archive, Center for Photography at Woodstock

Marking the centennial of Woodstock's legendary Maverick Festival founded by Hervey White in 1915, this exhibition of vintage photographs celebrates the outdoor carnival's effusion of creative expression. Photos and documents in the Center for Photography at Woodstock's Jean Gaede and Fritzi Striebel Archive, on long-term loan to The Dorsky Museum, capture the radical whimsy and spirit of theater, music, costume, and painting at the Maverick from 1915 to 1931. Highlights include images of well-known Woodstock artists at play, including Charles Rosen, George Bellows, Eugenie Gershoy, Konrad Cramer, and Wilna Hervey.

If you are a person with a disability who will require special accommodations please contact Amy Pickering at 845.257.3844
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