exhibitions

EXHIBITIONS

The Kleinert James Center for the Arts (Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild) mounts exhibitions and organizes events that honor both the cultural legacy established by the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in 1902 and its contemporary artistic endeavors. Beyond spotlighting Byrdcliffe’s utopian crafts tradition, the K/J’s program features regional, national, and international artists; fine art and functional crafts; historical traditions and cutting-edge experiments; and two, three, and four dimensional artworks.

All exhibitions, opening receptions, and gallery talks are free and open to the public.

Byrdcliffe’s Exhibition Committee as of March 2016 is:
Byron Bell, Tina Bromberg, Oscar Buitrago, Paula Lalala, Ken Landauer, Katharine McKenna, Douglas Milford, Portia Munson, Melinda Stickney-Gibson, Katharine Umsted, Linda Weintraub, and Sylvia Leonard Wolf (chair). Matthew T. Leaycraft (member Emeritus).

Exhibition programming at Byrdcliffe is dependent on private and corporate sponsors. Contributions at all levels are encouraged, with the following incentives:
$250 and above: You or your company will be named as a sponsor on all printed materials associated with the exhibition to which you have contributed, as well as on our website
$100-$249: You or your company will be named as a sponsor on our website
$20-$99: You or your company will receive an acknowledgement on the exhibition checklist.

2017 CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

COMPOSITION: THE ABSTRACT LANDSCAPE
Composition: The Abstract Landscape examines the ways in which abstract paintings rely on spatial relationships in nature. Not all works in the show are identified by the artist as landscape, and some are fully non-objective. But all of the work is structured in ways that reveal how the compositional tools of landscape painting remain guiding principles in the creation of abstraction. The exhibition includes Gregory Amenoff, Josephine Bloodgood, Donald Elder, Yale Epstein, Jenny Nelson, Thomas Nozkowski, Sandra Nystrom, Robert Ohnigian, Thomas Sarrantonio, Roberta Sickler, as well as representative examples by historic painters who lived in the region: Milton Avery, Sally Michel Avery, Jake Berthot, and Philip Guston. Read more

Curated by Derin Tanyol. Exhibition generously sponsored by Five Partners Foundation and the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation.

Exhibition Dates: July 7 – August 20, 2017
Artist Talks: Saturday, July 8, 2017, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 8, 2017, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Family Day with art activities: Saturday, July 22, 2017, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, Wednesday through Friday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm, or by appointment on Tuesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

abstract landscape
Left: Philip Guston, Untitled (Roma), 1971. Oil on paper, 18 x 24 inches. Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, Gift of Dan Kadish // right: Thomas Sarrantonio, Etude, 2013. Oil on paper, 5 x 5 inches. Courtesy of the artist.



STUART FARMERY: SCULPTURES IN THE LANDSCAPE
Opening July 9, 2016, the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild hosts Stuart Farmery: Sculptures in the Landscape, an outdoor exhibition of sculpture by Stuart Farmery. Farmery is a British-American artist based in nearby Ghent, NY. His work will be displayed on the grounds of White Pines, the 1902 home of Byrdcliffe’s founders, Ralph and Jane Whitehead, where it will remain until September of 2017. Installation of the work commences in June, with the public opening and reception on July 9. Curated by Katharine Umsted. Read more

Exhibition Dates: reopened on September 17, 2016; on view through September 4, 2017
Reception: Friday, July 21, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: White Pines, 454 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock, NY
Exhibition Hours: Open during daylight hours

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Left: Director’s Chair, 2015. Stained white pine, 98″ x 28″ x 30″ // middle: Big Pink, 2016. Stained wood, 132″ x 17″ x 17″ // right: Blue Cloud, 2016. Stained wood, 12″ x 39″ x 12″.


DRAWING SOUND
Drawing Sound is an installation of graphic scores created by pianist/composer Marilyn Crispell, saxophonist/composer Raymond MacDonald, and Jo Ganter, a visual artist based in Scotland. The project was born of a research project at the University of Edinburgh in which Ganter and MacDonald experimented with creating images that would be both effective in directing musical performance and as independent pieces of visual art. The result was a series of luminous abstractions that used color and shape to direct professional musicians, who composed music by way of the images. Ganter and Crispell then worked together to create a new suite of original prints that function as graphic scores. The installation at the Kleinert/James comprises graphic scores and projected video animations with a musical soundtrack. As part of the opening reception for the show, there will be a performance with Marilyn Crispell, piano; Raymond MacDonald, saxophones; George Burt, guitar; David Rothenberg, clarinets and laptop electronics; and Doug James, drums. Read more

Curated by Oscar Buitrago, Kerrie Buitrago, and Melinda Stickney-Gibson. This exhibition is generously sponsored by The University of Edinburgh and The Hope Scott Trust Fund.

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Exhibition Dates: August 25 – October 15, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 26, 2017, 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Performance: Saturday, August 26, 2017, 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Workshop: Sunday, August 27, 2017, 1:00 – 3:00 pm; free and all ages are welcome
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm, or by appointment on Tuesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

drawing sound
Left: Jo Ganter and Raymond MacDonald, Time Points, 2015. Archival inkjet print, 11.75 x 16.5 inches // right: Jo Ganter and Raymond MacDonald, Running Under Bridges, 2015. Archival inkjet print, 39.5 x 59.25 inches.



TERRA
This exhibition is a visual conversation addressing the environmental and sustainability issues facing today’s world community, and the immediate personal responsibility that belongs to each and every one of us. Eight artists present beautiful, thoughtful works, which vary widely in terms of the means of presentation, but which are steadfastly natured-based: a quirky, Renaissance-like painting by Julie Heffernan; a wall of 20+ black walnut ink drawings of rocks and rivers by Iain Machell; a large totem-like twig sculpture by Nancy Azara; an installation of beautifully hand-carved “spoons” by Samm Kunce, painstakingly made from a fallen ancient lilac bush on her property; large-scale photographs by Edgar Cardenas, a sustainability artist/scientist; a pair of detailed, landscape paintings on large ash log slices by Alison Moritsugu, depicting the subtle destructive signs of the emerald ash borer and a compelling narrative on the decline of native species; a new project-specific sculpture by Ian Laughlin, and a series of small “damaged” books on found wooden ledges by Matthew Fasone.

Curated by Melinda Stickney-Gibson.

Participating artists: Nancy Azara, Edgar Cardenas, Matthew Fasone, Julie Heffernan, Samm Kunce, Ian Laughlin, Iain Machell, and Alison Moritsugu.

Exhibition Dates: October 20 – November 26, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 21, 2017, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm, or by appointment on Tuesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Left: Nancy Azara, THE GHOST SHIP, 2016. Vine, gesso, paint, & aluminum leaf on wood posts, 4′ x 12′ x 1.5′ // middle: Iain Machell, ROCKS + RIVERS (detail), 2016-2017. Black walnut ink on polypropylene. Installation, dimensions variable // right: Julie Heffernan, Self-Portrait as Infanta on Eggshells, 1999. Oil on canvas, 68″ x 49″. Loaned courtesy of Jacquie Littlejohn.



ANNUAL “5 by 7” SHOW – HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER
The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s 18th Annual 5 by 7 Show launches Friday, December 1, with a catered champagne reception and preview party at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, one of the most exciting art events happening in Woodstock each holiday season. All work submitted is restricted to 5 inches by 7 inches in size and is exhibited anonymously, a playful way to give an equal voice to all and showcase the talent of our members side by side with that of the international art world community in our midst. This is a major fundraising event for Byrdcliffe, and by contributing and/or purchasing a small work you will help support our arts programming, including exhibitions and performances.

Exhibition Dates: December 2, 2017 – January 7, 2018, with the Preview Party on Friday, December 1, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm, or by appointment on Tuesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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2017 PAST EXHIBITIONS

THE RITUAL OF CONSTRUCTION
The Ritual of Construction is a group exhibition of artists working in a variety of media, using units of geometric origin to make their work. The conceptual underpinning of the show is in part based on what Roberto Calasso, a theorist who studies ritual and myth, has described as meticulously enacted activities of construction and deconstruction whose meaning, in the end, remains unintelligible to all but the practitioner. “How,” writes Calasso, “can we know something that doesn’t want to let itself be known? In only one way: by becoming to some extent, the thing itself.” Read more

The artists in the show are: Laura Battle, Emily Berger, Benigna Chilla, Susan Spencer Crowe, Ann Feitelson, Anne Francey, Lisa Hoke, Mona Mark, Altoon Sultan, and Stephen Westfall.

Curated by Jeanette Fintz.

Exhibition Dates: May 19 – July 2, 2017
Gallery talks with particating artists: Saturday, May 20, 2017, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 20, 2017, 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm, or by appointment on Tuesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

ritual of construction
Left: Benigna Chilla, Vertical Weave, 2010. Intaglio monoprint, 30 x 22 inches // right: Susan Spencer Crowe, Chatham, 2016. Encaustic and cardboard, 20 x 10.25 x 4.5 inches.



FRESH AiR: 2016 ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE AT BYRDCLIFFE
An exhibition featuring the work of artists in various media who participated in Byrdcliffe’s 4-week residencies during the 2016 season. Work in the show was either created at the Byrdcliffe Art Colony or inspired by the residency. Read more

Curated by Katharine L. McKenna.

Participating visual artists: Samira Abbassy, James Adelman, Ann Arden McDonald, Dottie Branchreeves, Meghan Burke, James Byrne, Caitlin Cass, Gabe Chiarello, Alexis Elton, Silvia Forni, Stephanie Gammara, Kayla Gibbons, Dan Gratz, Isabella Hackerman, Amber Hany, Jess Harvey, Robert Hickman, Paul Hunter, Robert Kolhouse, Christopher Law, David Leonard, Vanessa Madrid, Henrietta Mantooth, Michele Mirisola, Meredith Nichols, Padma Rajendran, Jessica Sandford, Charles Shields, Lori Solondz, Grace Sachi Troxell, Tara Vaughan, and Ella Weber.

Exhibition Dates: April 14 – May 14, 2017
Gallery talks with participating artists: Saturday, April 15, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 15, 2017, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Readings by 2016 AiR writing residents: Saturday, April 15, 2017, 6:00 pm. Free event
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm, or by appointment on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

fresh air
Left: Robert Kolhouse, Woodstock.exe. White earthenware and glaze, 20 x 15 x 10 inches // right top: Jessica Harvey, Ghost Vessels, White Pines. Archival inkjet print, 11 x 14 inches // right bottom: Vanessa Madrid, White Oval — I Have an Inner Rainbow. Oil on burlap, 26 x 23 inches.



SELECTIONS: WOODSTOCK CERAMIC ARTS TODAY
Selections: Woodstock Ceramic Arts Today features work by contemporary ceramicists from the region: Rich Conti, Eric Ehrnschwender, Sophie Fenton, Mary Frank, Robert Hessler, Alan Hoffman, Jolyon Hofsted, Brad Lail, Young Mi Kim, Joyce Robins, Arlene Shechet, Grace Wapner, and Elena Zang.

Selections: Woodstock Ceramic Arts Today highlights a major feature of Byrdcliffe’s interdisciplinary mission. The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, whose programming includes exhibitions, classes, musical performance, and an artists’ residency program, is renowned for its ceramics program, which dates from the early days of the Byrdcliffe Art Colony. Selections complements the exhibition currently on view at the Samuel Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz, Carl Walters and Woodstock Ceramic Arts, which runs from February 4 – May 21, 2017. The Dorsky exhibition focuses on Walters’s ceramic sculpture, as well as his functional ceramics—plates, bowls and vessels. Ceramics made by artists who worked at the Byrdcliffe Art Colony, including Zulma Steele, contextualize his work. The exhibition at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts moves this history forward, demonstrating the breadth of production in the ceramic arts since the early days of the Woodstock Art Colony.

The exhibition will be cohosted by the Historical Society of Woodstock, 20 Comeau Drive. The Historical Society will be open on Saturdays and Sundays during the run of the exhibition, February 24 – April 9 2017. For hours and more information, visit www.historicalsocietyofwoodstock.org.

Curated by Tom Wolf, Professor of Art History at Bard College, and the students in his class “History of Art in Woodstock.” Read more

Exhibition Dates: February 24 – April 9, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 25, 2017, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Closing talks with participating artists: Saturday, April 8, 2017, 3:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Friday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm, or by appointment on Tuesday through Thursday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

woodstock ceramic arts
Left: Young Mi Kim, Orenda 1. Porcelain, reduction fired. 18.5 x 12 inches // right: Grace Bakst Wapner, And Hugged the Narrow Ledge. Ceramic, 15 x 10 x 13 inches.



2017 ANNUAL MEMBERS’ SHOW “BYRD & IMAGE”
The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild invites all Byrdcliffe members to participate in its 2017 Annual Members’ Show, this year called “BYRD & IMAGE“. The show is open to all current members. A Curator’s Choice award in the amount of $100 will be presented for one work chosen by the Exhibition Committee. In addition to being an opportunity to see exciting new work, the opening reception and Open Mic Night tradition, now in its third year, are lively community events that accompany the show. Read more

Click here to download the 2017 Members’ Show BYRD & IMAGE Guidelines
Click here to download the 2017 Members’ Show BYRD & IMAGE Loan Agreement
Click here to download the 2017 Members’ Show BYRD & IMAGE Artwork Submission Labels

Drop-off Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Exhibition Dates: January 6 – February 19, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 7, 2017, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Open Mic Night: Saturday, January 28, 2017, 8:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Friday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm, or by appointment on Tuesday through Thursday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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All 2017 Byrdcliffe arts programming is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Our exhibitions program is made possible in part through support from the County of Ulster’s Ulster County Cultural Services & Promotion Fund administered by ARTS MID-HUDSON.