Undercurrents: The River as Metaphor / Hudson Valley Artists 2017

Curated by Livia Straus

June 10 – July 30, 2017 Public Opening Reception Saturday, June 10, 5–7 pm
Alice and Horace Chandler and North Galleries

Michael Washburn, Resource Recovery – Charles Point, 2016, inkjet print on paper, courtesy the artist

: The River as Metaphor brings together works that address modernity by reflecting on the Hudson River: its history, its grandeur, and its singular ability to provide us with a roadmap for meeting the challenges we face in the course of everyday life.

Margaret Saliske, Cut 3, 2016, aluminum, digital photography, matte varnish, courtesy the artist

Moving freely across disciplines and media, from drawings and paintings to photographs, video installations and sculptural installations, Undercurrents poses probing questions about our conceptions of and relationships with the river that defines our region: What are the perspectives of contemporary artists living along the Hudson River, and how are they reflected in their art? Can we look to the history of the Hudson Valley to anchor our moral sensibilities? How can the river and the artists it inspires guide us through the ongoing process of adjusting to new norms and realities?




This year, 41 artists were selected to showcase their work from more than 190 submissions:

Fern T. Apfel, Andrew Barthelmes, Arlene Becker, Don Bruschi, Peter Bynum, Laura Cannamela, Tobe Carey, Larry W. Chapman, Dick Crenson, Carlo D’Anselmi, Shelley Davis, William Durkin, Richard Edelman, Susan English, Kari Feuer, Jenny Lee Fowler, Matthew Friday, Steve Gentile, Mark Gibian, Carla Goldberg, Theresa Gooby, Sarah Heitmeyer, Keith Hoyt, Ellen Kozak, Minjin Kung, Polly M. Law, Harry Leigh, Iain Machell, Annie-hannah Mancini, Barbara Masterson, Mike McGregor, Antonella Piemontese, Camilo Rojas, Margaret Saliske, Suzy Sureck, James A. Thomson, Susan Togut, Michael Washburn, Dan Wolf, Brian Wolfe, and Xuewu Zheng.

Bynum Psychedlia Rising
Peter Bynum, Psychedelia Rising, 2015, acrylic paint on tempered glass (2 layers), LED light panel, remote dimmer, steel bracket, courtesy the artist

For the eighth consecutive year, one or more of these artists will see their work added to the Dorsky’s permanent collection through the Hudson Valley Artists’ Annual Purchase Award, which is made possible by the Alice and Horace Chandler Art Acquisition Fund. Artists whose work has been purchased in the past include Nestor Madalengoita, Richard Edelman, Deb Lucke, Holly Hughes, Stephen Niccolls, Patrick Kelley, Adie Russell, Elisa Pritzker, Charles Geiger, and Curt Belshe and Lise Prown, among others.



Jenny Lee Fowler, i swim in this river, 2017, hand-cut Arches hot press on acid-free mat board, courtesy the artist



Livia Straus is the director and co-founder of the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (HVCCA) in Peekskill, N.Y., a non-profit organization dedicated to developing exhibitions and interdisciplinary programs that enrich our understanding of contemporary art and its relationship to social issues.

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