past Exhibitions

2013 – 2014

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polich and roy
Kenneth Tyler, Roy Lichtenstein and Dick Polich
at the Tallix Foundry, 1977, gelatin silver print, Private collection, copyright National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Dick Polich: Transforming Metal into Art

Curated by Daniel Belasco

August 27 — December 14, 2014
Morgan Anderson Gallery, Howard Greenberg Family Gallery, and Corridor

Dick Polich: Transforming Metal into Art was the first museum exhibition to survey the career of Polich, one of the world's principal art fabricators who, like others in his profession, remains behind the scenes. This exhibition reveals how Polich has impacted the development of contemporary art by opening up the industrial process of metal casting and fabrication to accommodate the creative choices of artists.


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Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Self-Portrait After (from the series "Glasco Turnpike"), 2010, Archival pigment print, the Center for Photography at Woodstock Permanent Print Collection
Race, Love, and Labor: New Work from The Center for Photography at Woodstock's
Artist-in-Residency Program

Curated by Sarah Lewis

August 27 — December 14, 2014
Sara Bedrick Gallery

It is impossible to separate the history of photography from the history of labor, love, and race in America. This exhibition, culled from the collection of the Center for Photography at Woodstock's Artist-in-Residency program, displays images by artists who understand the needs of labor in the fullest sense of the word: a means through which we birth ourselves anew. These artists are participants in a 15-year-old tradition at the Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW), which offers artists of color one of the requirements for a sterling creative practice—embryonic time to probe deeply, unfettered by distractions. At the 20th anniversary of CPW's partnership with the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, it is a moment to honor this residency and examine the themes that have emerged from the resulting, irreplaceable pictures.

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Mike McGregor, Preserve 7, 2013, Courtesy of the artist

Worlds of Wonder, Hudson Valley Artists 2014

Curated by Ian Berry

June 21 — November 9, 2014
Alice and Horace Chandler and North Galleries

Worlds of Wonder, the 2014 edition of the annual Hudson Valley Artists exhibition, is curated by Ian Berry, Dayton Director of the Tang Museum at Skidmore College. To what extent do science and nature, architecture, design, and history weave in and out of contemporary art making? How do artists bring together disparate elements into a singular work, or a cluster of related images or objects? Focusing on the laboratory-like 
environment of the artist studio and the exploration and curiosity that is at the heart of many artistic practices, this exhibition will create its own space for discovery in unexpected places while highlighting new art from the region, paying homage to the cabinets of wonder that were precursors to museum collections.

The participating artists were: Fern T. Apfel, Gabe Brown, Loren Eiferman, Adriana Farmiga, Holly Hughes, Kay Kenny, Mison Kim, Mike McGregor, Reuben Moore, Douglas Navarra, Stephen Niccolls, Caitlin Parker, Sean Sullivan, Judy Thomas, Linda Stillman, and Angela Voulgarelis.


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Eugene Speicher, Girl in a Coral Necklace, c. 1935, Private collection

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.

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.

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Barbara Kasten, Construct A + A, 1984, Gift of Monique Goldstrom, 2001.086.002

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

Curated by Daniel Belasco

February 5 — July 13, 2014
Sara Bedrick Gallery

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.


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Henri Cartier-Bresson, Boys Playing Amidst Ruins—Spanish Civil War, 1937, Museum Purchase, 1960.003
Henri Cartier-Bresson and "The Decisive Moment"
Works from The Dorsky Museum's Permanent Collection

Curated by Wayne Lempka

February 5 — July 13
Dorsky Museum Seminar Room

"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.


Mary Reid Kelley with Patrick Kelley, Still from Priapus Agonistes, 2013, Courtesy of Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, New York, Susanne Vielmetter L.A. Projects, and Pilar Corrias Gallery, London

Mary Reid Kelley: Working Objects and Videos

Curated by Daniel Belasco

January 22 – April 13, 2014
Alice and Horace Chandler and North Galleries

Mary Reid Kelley's visually rich and intellectually stimulating video art converses with history. Fusing techniques of live performance and animation, Reid Kelley creates poignant characters who declaim in droll verse, blending Homer and Cindy Sherman. Mary Reid Kelley: Working Objects and Videos is the first museum exhibition devoted to the finely crafted and researched costumes, objects, and drawings that Mary Reid Kelley creates for her videos, in collaboration with Patrick Kelley. These working objects reveal Reid Kelley as a master of the contemporary impulse to work across and synthesize art media.

Dedron, Mona Lisa, 2012, The Shelley and Donald Rubin Private Collection

Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Art

Curated by Rachel Perera Weingeist

July 20 — December 15, 2013
Morgan Anderson Gallery, Howard Greenberg Family Gallery, Sara Bedrick Gallery, and Corridor

Anonymous seeks to explore the tension between an ancient culture's unbroken artistic tradition and the personality-driven world of contemporary art. Anonymity and self-expression are commonly polarized values and artistic goals within the global art market. In traditional Tibetan art, artistic craft was used to support the transmission of Buddhist culture. In the present atmosphere however, art is becoming a vital medium of self-expression for Tibetans and artists are increasingly creating work focused on the individual. A cautious 21st century visual language steeped in irony, metaphor, and allusion has fully emerged.

Largely drawn from The Shelley and Donald Rubin Private Collection, the exhibition will feature over 50 works of painting, sculpture, installation, and video art by 27 artists living in Tibet and around the world, including Dharamsala, Katmandu, New York City, Oakland, Thimphu, Zurich, and the Australian Outback. Many works were made exclusively for the exhibition and will be on view to the public for the first time.


Shanti Grumbine, Between the Lines: Sling Shot (February 22, 2012, A1), 2012, courtesy of the artist

Screen Play: Hudson Valley Artists 2013

Curated by Daniel Belasco

June 22 — November 10, 2013
Alice and Horace Chandler and North Galleries

Screens, whether in hands, vehicles, or rooms, have become a nearly ubiquitous interface. In Screen Play, the Dorsky Museum's annual exhibition of Hudson Valley Artists, fifteen artists responded to or used screens as a material, process, or metaphor. Screens as varied as textiles, painted canvases, projected images, and digital monitors serve as poetic and practical means to translate pictures from one realm to another. The screen "assembles experience, processes it, and disseminates it," design philosopher Villem Flusser wrote. Collapsing the differences of hard and soft and digital and analog, the screen becomes a unifying surface upon which we project and receive memories and desires.

Diann Bauer, Amy Brenner, Vernon M. Byron III, Adriana Farmiga, Shanti Grumbine, Patrick Kelley, Linda Kuehne, Abshalom Jac Lahav, LoVid, Rachel Rampleman, Steve Rossi, Adie Russell, K. Velis Turan, Jonathan Wang, Harvey Weiss

Andrea Frank, Plant #1, 2012, courtesy the artist

Fields of Vision: Work by SUNY New Paltz Faculty

Curated by Carl Van Brunt

April 13, 2013 — June 23, 2013
Morgan Anderson Gallery, Howard Greenberg Family Gallery, Sara Bedrick Gallery, and Corridor

In our post-modern society, the art world is both more connected and more fragmented than ever before. New York City, once the capital of that world, is now just one of a network of regional centers spanning the globe. And close-up, contemporary practices appear to be a mash-up of disparate concepts, political agendas, media, and styles. Fields of Vision explores how art and design being made by full-time Department of Art faculty at the State University of New York at New Paltz fits into this local/global picture.


François Deschamps, David Traoré, 2011, courtesy of the artist

Malian Portrait Photography
Photo-Rapide: François Deschamps

Curated by Daniel M. Leers

January 23 – April 14, 2013 at The Dorsky
Alice and Horace Chandler Gallery and North Gallery

These two exhibitions provide a nuanced glimpse of the people and culture of the West African nation of Mali. Photo-Rapide features photographs by François Deschamps made in collaboration with his Malian sitters as well as instant portraits of visitors to the show produced by Deschamps in an on-site West African-style photo studio. Malian Portrait Photography showcases historic portraits by some of the best-known Malian photographers including Malick Sidibé and Seydou Keïta. Together, these complementary exhibitions bring to light the rich photographic tradition in one of the most fascinating nations on the African continent.

Russel Wright, Oceana decorative accessories, 1930s

Russel Wright: The Nature of Design

Curated by Donald Albrecht and Dianne Pierce

August 29 — December 16, 2012
January 23 — March 10, 2013
Morgan Anderson, Howard Greenberg Family, and Corridor Galleries

Russel Wright: The Nature of Design explores the work and philosophy of renowned industrial designer Russel Wright, whose former home in the Hudson Valley—Manitoga—is now a national historic landmark. The exhibition focuses on one of Wright's most pervasive preoccupations, which also has much relevance today: the relationship of humankind with the natural world. While examining Wright's entire career from the 1920s through the 1970s, this exhibition will focus on his work between 1945 and 1968, when Wright increasingly designed in experimental and innovative ways.

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