Current Exhibitions

Just My Type: Angela Dufresne

Curated by Melissa Ragona and Anastasia James

February 9 – July 14, 2019
Morgan Anderson Gallery and Howard Greenberg Family Gallery

Angela Dufresne, Kerry Downey, 2016, oil on canvas, courtesy the artist


What’s in a face? In Angela Dufresne’s hands, a face is sometimes stretched to its absolute limits, becoming landscape, becoming monstrous, becoming pure color. Just My Type is a study in the topology of the face, as it transforms and morphs, never standing still long enough to zero in on a fixed “type.” The typologies in her paintings are hybrid machines; they threaten “categories” that identify us by normative names or force us into vulnerable positions. Dufresne wields heterotopic narratives that are non-hierarchical and perverse and poignantly articulate, porous ways of being in a world fraught by fear, power, and possession. Known for her impressive tableaux vivants that are both grandiose and humble, Just My Type: Angela Dufresne will feature intimate and rarely exhibited portraits of the artist’s friends, family, and community, as well as phantasmagoric beings that challenge our understanding of what makes a type.


In Celebration: A Recent Gift from the Photography Collection of Marcuse Pfeifer

Curated by Wayne Lempka

February 9 – July 14, 2019
Sara Bedrick Gallery

Peter Hujar, Susan Sontag, 1975, Gelatin silver print, © 1987 The Peter Hujar Archive LLC; Courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco


Through the generosity of former New York City gallery dealer Marcuse Pfeifer, The Dorsky Museum is the recipient of a major gift of 19th and 20th century photographs representing some of the leading artists in the history of the medium.  This exhibition will showcase over fifty photographs from the Pfeifer gift while tracing both the evolution of the medium and celebrating the generosity of the donor. 


Beginning in the late 1970s, Marcuse Pfeifer was one of the first gallery dealers in New York City to exclusively show photographs. Her gallery gained the reputation as being one of the very few spaces where one could not only view but purchase images from both well-known and up-and-coming artists.  Through Pfeifer’s efforts she was instrumental in helping to promote the medium of photography as an art form. 


BFA/MFA Thesis Exhibitions

Curated by art faculty and students

April 26 – May 21, 2019
Alice & Horace Chandler Gallery and North Gallery

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At the end of each semester, students graduating with Bachelor of Fine Arts or Master of Fine Arts degrees exhibit art work created as part of their thesis projects in the museum's west wing. The BFA and MFA students have worked with one another and with faculty advisors and museum staff to plan these exhibitions. Each student has completed the design and installation of his or her own work.

BFA I (4/26–30): Kaitlyn Antoniadis | Jack Burnham | Marissa Contelmo | Julianne Farella | Sari Friedman | Shale | Isa Karis | Brendan Komarek | Jingdi Ma | John William Murphy | Arielle Ponder

BFA II (5/3–7): Amanda Aponte | Julia Betts | Kaitlyn Burch | Brandon Fiege | Zhike Gan | Joseph Kattou | Liz Leupold | Irene Raptopoulos | Jonathan Renino | Alejandra Salinas | Marco Venegas

MFA I (5/10–14): Sylvie Lissa Alusitz | Julia Arvay | B Jensen Hale | Tamar Hedges | Amanda Heidel | Geuryung Lee | David Munford | Heather Rosenbach | Jolynn Santiago | Sharon Strauss

MFA II (5/17–21): Emily Brownawell | Xiao Chen | Lynn Herring | Bora Kim | Betsy Lewis | Ruizhi Li | Rosa Loveszy | Megumi Naganoma | Andrew Sartorious

See more here! https://www.newpaltz.edu/art/bfa_mfa.html

(*special days for these exhibitions: Fridays through Tuesdays, 11-5p)


Mohonk Mountain House at 150

Curated by Kerry Dean Carso

February 9 – July 14, 2019
Seminar Room

F. D. Lewis, Mohonk Mountain House, 1899, vintage gelatin silver print

 

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of Mohonk Mountain House, this small exhibition features art, photographs, postcards, and ephemera related to Mohonk and the Shawangunks, with contributions from students in Professor Kerry Dean Carso's fall 2018 art history course, "Art of the Hudson Valley."

In 1869, Alfred Smiley made his first visit to Lake Mohonk and convinced his twin brother Albert to purchase Stokes Tavern, an inn on the lake.  Under the Smiley family’s management, the tavern evolved into Mohonk Mountain House, an eclectic architectural assemblage of towers, balconies, and porches.  A wonderland of picturesque carriage trails dotted with rustic summerhouses allowed guests to explore the mountain and lake scenery.  Today Mohonk Mountain House transports guests to the heyday of the mountain house era, while also providing modern amenities.

Students have researched and written about images from the early days of Mohonk to the recent past, exploring themes such as art and architecture, landscape design, and recreational activities. 


The Dorsky Collects: Selections from the Permanent Collection

Curated by Wayne Lempka

Ongoing
Corridor Gallery

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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.


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