Damien Hirst, I Can See Clearly Now, part of the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art’s Circa 1986
September 18 to July 31
Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art
Fans of leg warmers, Madonna’s True Blue, or Top Gun can get into the wayback machine and learn what the art world was doing in 1986. Five New York-based couples let the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art scour their private collections for the right pieces to capture the ’80s speculative boom and later art-market bust. What they’ve found, though, are works by artists still fetching huge prices at auctions today, including pre-skull-obsession Damien Hirst and pre-balloon-doggie Jeff Koons.
Improvement in Electro-Magnetic Motors (Patent #156,920), by Charles J. B. Gaume, at the Hudson River Museum
September 24 to January 1
Hudson River Museum
We’re a country of inventors, so you could consider old “Yankee Ingenuity” as a national artform. The Hudson River Museum recognizes our entrepreneurial spirit with an exhibition of more than 50 working patent models. (Through the Industrial Revolution, seekers of patents were required to submit working scale models of their inventions.) Gaze in amazement at the first patented rocking chair or burglar alarm, in addition to other familiar toys, tools, and instruments.
Dana Schutz, Gravity Fanatic
September 25 to December 18
The Neuberger Museum of Art
Though we never tire of the Old Masters, the true excitement in the art world is the buzz around what’s coming next. Painter Dana Schutz is certainly destined for artistic stardom, to the extent that it exists. Having only gotten her MFA from Columbia University in 2002, she’s already been exhibited in major museums and galleries. The Neuberger offers a ten-year survey of her paintings and drawings, described as blending fantasy with reality.
Edward Steichen, Untitled (New York), part of Storied City: New York in Picture Book Art at the Katonah Museum of Art
October 2 to December 31
The Katonah Museum of Art
Everybody ♥’s NY—yes, we do, too, despite what our “Westchester vs.the City” feature might say (see page 67). There’s no doubt that the City holds a special place in the imaginations of writers and illustrators. The Katonah Museum of Art examines how Gotham’s iconic landmarks look in illustrations from more than 35 picture books. The award-winning artists featured in the exhibition include Richard Egielski, Mordicai Gerstein, Brian O. Selznick, and Northern Westchester’s own Jerry Pinkney.
October 6 to November 23
ArtsWestchester’s Arts Exchange
Artists going back to the beginning of time have been inspired by nature and the environment, and artists working in our area are no exception. (Hudson River School, anyone?) ArtsWestchester and the Clay Art Center team up to explore the relationship between art and nature with an exhibition of contemporary ceramic sculpture and installation. Clay, after all, definitely comes from the Earth.
Also Consider: Looking for Santa? The Stamford Museum & Nature Center examines a 1903-1905 attempt to reach the North Pole with Last Frontiers: Anthony Fiala and the Race to the North Pole (September 10 to October 30). Get mentally back in summer mode when The Rye Arts Center hosts an exhibition of Vacation Locations (September 11 to October 15). Feel the siren call to check out undersea life at the Pelham Art Center’s The Ocean Reglitterized (September 16 to October 29). Artists Andrea Kantrowitz, David Konigsberg, and Kristen Thiele contribute to the Still Life Show at Kenise Barnes Fine Art in Larchmont (September 17 to October 22). See Jill Oberman and Jury Smith’s ceramic sculptures at the Clay Art Center’s In|Form exhibition (October 1 to October 29), then support the Center further by checking out the jazz trio and clay demonstrations at the Center’s annual benefit on October 13. If you’re looking for a bit of whimsy to brighten up the fall, try TGIF, Tiny Drawings, an exhibition of small cartoons and illustrations by Rob Shepperson at the Flat Iron Gallery in Peekskill (November 3 to November 30). The Canfin Gallery in Tarrytown hosts boldly colored New Works by artist Jylian Gustlin (November 19 to December 4).
Why do you think your gallery has lasted so long?
I think we’ve lasted because we have always tried to be a resource for the community. I try to bring the best of what I see in the contemporary art world to Westchester. I want to be where you go to be introduced to and educated about art.
What’s changed the most in the past 10 years?
The art world has grown enormously. We do a lot of business around the world and around the country. Art is a global business now. We work in a very local way, with Scarsdale residents and Westchester residents. We get to know them very well and tailor what we exhibit to what we think they’d like to have in their homes. But it used to be that art was for a very small community of collectors who had very specific tastes and would really follow what was going on. Now, more people than ever want art in their homes.
What do you have planned for your anniversary exhibition?
It’s going to be two parts, highlighting some of the artists and the exhibitions that we’ve done in the past that were important to us, and also looking ahead to the future. We’ve had a lot of wonderful art that’s passed through in the past ten years, and we want to appreciate all of the things we’ve had on our walls. We are also planning a ‘Once in Ten Years Anniversary Sale’ of art at greatly discounted prices by a host of artists as part of the celebration.
10th Anniversary Exhibition (Part I) will take place Sept 9 to Oct 15, and 10th Anniversary Exhibition (Part II) will take place Oct 21 to Nov 26, all at Madelyn Jordon Fine Art. The date of the anniversary sale had not been set as of press time, but appraiser James Lipton will be on-hand to appraise art. Exact dates will be posted on madelynjordonfineart.com
How is your gallery different from other galleries?
We’re a cooperative gallery. Once an artist is accepted for membership, their solo show is their own, and they can work in any medium. I’ve exhibited paintings and glass fusion work in the same show. It makes us different from other artists’ groups, where you’re accepted for one medium but not for another. We’re dedicated to the freedom of each artist.
What’s in store for your 20th anniversary show?
We’re gathering as many people as we can who have ever been members of the Upstream Gallery. We spent a couple of months reaching out to people we may have lost touch with. Even people who passed away will have their artwork on view; we contacted a few family members that we were still in close connection with. It’s our whole history in one show.
What’s your goal for the next twenty years?
We want to do more outreach events. Last December, for example, we did a show with the Empire State College that combined poetry and art. They pretty much supplied all of the poets. They wrote poems in response to paintings and our artists created paintings inspired by poetry. We had a poetry reading in the gallery. We’re doing that again this year. We want to do more of these types of events that deeply draw people in. We also had an event for one weekend in June—talented Dobbs Ferry High School juniors and seniors got to exhibit in the gallery. For next summer, we’re going to have an expanded series with high school students in the rivertowns.
Reunion: Twenty Years of Making Art at Upstream will be on view at the Upstream Gallery from September 15 to October 9.