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, Erika DeVries, Jennifer Hicks, Paula Lalala, 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.

2018 CURRENT AND 2018/2019 UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

OSI AUDU: DIALOGUES WITH AFRICAN ART
A solo show examining issues of identity rooted in the artist’s cultural experiences growing up in Nigeria, as well as broader metaphysical, scientific, and social concepts of the self. Audu’s paintings are influenced by the abstract geometric possibilities in traditional African sculpture, such as the inverted trapezoidal shape of the Yoruba Shango axe, the Benin Head of the Queen Mother, and the Cross River Head with a spiral hairstyle. The exhibition will include original 19th/20th-century African sculpture that the artist uses as inspiration for his work. Read more

Curated by Sylvia Leonard Wolf.

Exhibition Dates: October 19 – December 2, 2018
Artist’s Talk and Opening Reception: Saturday, October 20, 2018, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
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

Osi Audu
Left: Osi Audu, Self-Portrait after Egungun Headdress, 2017. Acrylic on canvas, 76 x 95 inches // right: Osi Audu, Self-Portrait: Shango Head, 2017. Pastel and graphite on paper, mounted on canvas, 56.5 x 95 inches.



THE HAIKU BOX PROJECT
Starting September 29, 2018, visitors to the Byrdcliffe Art Colony will be able to explore the grounds in search of artist-made haiku boxes installed along the wooded mountainside. The Japanese tradition of the haiku, short-form poems consisting of stanzas of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, is most famously exemplified by the seventeenth-century poet Bashō; haiku boxes, where passersby have the opportunity to write a haiku and drop it into the box, can be found at various historic sites around Japan. The installation at Byrdcliffe will include a very basic box locator map, but one of the objectives of the project is to allow visitors a sense of discovery: the luxury of taking the time to find the boxes and consider leaving an anonymous haiku, thought, prayer, or secret inside the box.

Each box design, commissioned from artists from across the country, incorporates a paper and pencil for visitors to write their haiku. The boxes will be in place from September 2018 through June 2019.

Participating artists: Colin Chase, Stuart Farmery & Robin McKay, Michael Houser, Alyssa McClenaghan, Mad Monk, Don Porcaro, Debra Priestly, Christina Tenaglia, Marie Vickerilla, and Hanne Gravesen Vorkapich. The project is organized by Melinda Stickney-Gibson, a visual artist who serves on the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s Exhibition Committee.

The Haiku Box Project will be open starting at 1:00 pm on Saturday September 29, concurrent with Byrdcliffe’s fourth seasonal Artists-in-Residence Open Studio at the Villetta Inn and demonstrations in its ceramics and jewelry studios. The afternoon concludes with a performance at the Byrdcliffe Barn by classical pianist Simon Mulligan.

Exhibition Dates: September 29, 2018 through June 2019
Location: White Pines, 454 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock, NY
Hours: Open during daylight hours

Haiku Box Project
Left: Hanne Gravesen Vorkapich, 2018, recycled materials (melted plastic, iron, empty wasps nest, bark). 16″ x 10″ x 9″; middle: Don Porcaro, 2018, stone, brass, and steel hook. 10.5″ x 9″ x 7.5″; right: Marie Vickerilla, 2018, wood, vellum, plexiglass, and rope. 14″ x 10″ x 2½”



ANNUAL “5 by 7” SHOW – HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER
The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s 19th Annual 5 by 7 Show launches Friday, December 7, 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 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.

Please submit one or two 5 by 7 artworks this year – the submission deadline is Friday, November 23, 2018, 5:00 pm.
Click here to read the show’s submission guidelines

Exhibition Dates: December 8, 2018 – January 6, 2019, with the Preview Party on Friday, December 7, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Thursday through Monday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm (11:00 am – 6:00 pm on the weekends), or by appointment on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

5 by 7 show


2019 ANNUAL MEMBERS’ SHOW

Exhibition Dates: February 1 – March 24, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 2, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 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 Monday through Thursday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


BYRDCLIFFE RESIDENTS 2018

Exhibition Dates: April 5 – May 12, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 6, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: April hours are Friday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm; May hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm; or by appointment on Monday through Wednesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


LABYRINTHS OF THE MIND
A group show of contemporary abstract and semi-abstract paintings examining visual intersections between neuropsychology and focus on the individual. Artworks by Andrew Carnie, David Sher, Danielle Tageder, Barbara Takenaga, and other well-known artists are simultaneously contemplative and science-based, examining the relationship between visual structure and the dynamics of the brain itself.

Curated by Sara Lynn Henry.

Exhibition Dates: May 17 – June 30, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 18, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
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 Monday through Wednesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


PSYCH OUT
A group show of psychedelic outdoor sculpture on the grounds of White Pines, 454 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, commemorating the 50-year anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival.

Curated by Alan Baer.

Exhibition Dates: June – September, 2019
Opening Reception: date TBD in conjunction with a special musical performance
Location: White Pines, 454 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Open during daylight hours


WOODSTOCK COLLECTS
Multi-venue exhibition at Byrdcliffe’s Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, The Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Woodstock School of Art, and the Historical Society of Woodstock featuring Woodstock art sourced from regional private collections.

Exhibition Dates: July 5 – August 18, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 6, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Thursday through Monday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm (11:00 am – 6:00 pm on the weekends); or by appointment on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


PETE MAUNEY PHOTOGRAPHS
Solo show of Tivoli-based photographer Pete Mauney focusing on three series: About a Mile, a photographic installation documenting Mauney’s regular walks during a 28-year period along a two-mile stretch of the Amtrak line on the Hudson; Hidden Transit, documenting cargo ships on the Hudson River as they pass Tivoli; and Some Fireflies, time-lapse photographs that capture an experience we all know intimately: watching the tiny flickering lights of fireflies on summer nights.

Curated by Tina Bromberg and Doug Milford.

Exhibition Dates: August 23 – October 6, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 24, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: August hours are Thursday through Monday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm (11:00 am – 6:00 pm on the weekends); September/October hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00pm; or by appointment on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


CRAFTSWOMEN: ZULMA STEELE AND HER CIRCLE
A retrospective examining the career of one of Byrdcliffe’s earliest artist residents while also commemorating the 80-year anniversary of the Woodstock Guild of Craftsmen, founded in 1939 with Steele at the helm. The exhibition will include ceramics, furniture designs, paintings, and works on paper by Zulma Steele as well as a representative selection of textiles, ceramics, and other crafts by members of the original Guild.

Curated by Henry T. Ford and Derin Tanyol.

Exhibition Dates: October 18 – December 1, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 19, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: October/November hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm; December hours are Thursday through Monday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm (11:00 am – 6:00 pm on the weekends): or by appointment on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


TWENTIETH ANNUAL “5 by 7” SHOW – HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER
The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s 20th Annual 5 by 7 Show launches Friday, December 6, 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 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 7, 2019 – January 5, 2020, with the Preview Party on Friday, December 6, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Thursday through Monday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm (11:00 am – 6:00 pm on the weekends), or by appointment on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm



2018 PAST EXHIBITIONS

THE AESTHETICS OF PERSUASION: Graphic Visualizations of Entreaties & Warnings by Artists, Graphic Designers, & Neighbors
The Aesthetics of Persuasion assembles over 100 images that display all the hallmarks of “fine art” except one: they are functional. Function and art are commonly considered contradictions. Historically, however, this was not so. The annals of art history are dominated by works that elevated the stature of leaders, infused courage to march into battle, instilled piety before gods, inspired patriotism, or exposed evil. It was not until the nineteenth century that the concept of “art-for-art’s-sake” became art’s ruling creed. It contended that art’s worthiness is corrupted by moralizing and entreaty. This rarified concept purged art of motives, leaving only art’s justification for itself.

By converting self-expression into public communication, the images exhibited in The Aesthetics of Persuasion reverse the mandates of art-for-art’s sake. They are drawn from historic and contemporary sources, and include satirical images by Honoré Daumier, warnings by international AIDS organizations, recruitment for World War I enlistment, commemoration of the national parks by WPA artists, popular culture entreaties, and collections of contemporary artworks. In each instance the creative process originated with the intention to serve a social function. They stimulate the eye to convert, warn, instruct, and entice. This exhibition celebrates the remarkable communicative potential of visual form and color when it is summoned to stir the viewers’ emotions, thoughts, and ultimately their behaviors. Read more

Curated by Linda Weintraub.

Click here to read the visitors guide for the show.

Exhibition Dates: August 10 – October 14, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 11, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Discussion and Performance: Sunday, September 23, 3:00 – 4:30 pm. Curator Linda Weintraub will host a “Gathering of Persuaders,” a discussion and performance including artists in the show and other activists at the BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: August hours are Thursday through Monday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm (11:00 am – 6:00 pm on the weekends); September/October hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm; or by appointment on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Aesthetics of Persuasion
Left: Keith Haring, Silence=Death, 1989 // right: Honoré Daumier, Un plaideur peu satisfait (An unsatisfied litigant), 1846. Lithograph.



PAGEANT OF INCONCEIVABLES
Pageant of Inconceivables is an exhibition of ceramic works that operate/act as inner portraits rather than solely functional objects. The exhibition focuses on works that use clay as their medium, and that are inspired by anthropomorphic associations. Exploring themes of empathy and humanity, Pageant of Inconceivables unites subtle evocations of the figurative, transforming the gallery into a procession of unpredictable beauty. Through the materials and traditions of ceramics, Pageant of Inconceivables demonstrates the depth to which personal narrative and expression can be taken. Read more

Participating artists: Bill Adams, Ann Agee, Joan Bankemper, Mary Carlson, Stella Chasteen, Alice Mackler, Dan McCarthy, Eva Melas, Rebecca Morgan, Kathy Ruttenberg, Sally Saul, Arlene Shechet, Elise Siegel, Jessica Stoller, and Arnie Zimmerman.

Curated by Portia Munson and Katharine Umsted.

Exhibition Dates: June 8 – August 5, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 9, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: June hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm; July/August hours are Thursday through Monday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm (11:00 am – 6:00 pm on the weekends); or by appointment on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Pageant of Inconceivables
Left: Arnie Zimmerman, Lovers Pitcher, 2015. Stoneware, 10 x 9 x 5 inches // middle: Joan Bankemper, The Love of Three Oranges, 2018. Ceramic, 29 x 16 x 12 inches // right: Eva Melas, Carbut, 1989. Ceramic earthenware and glaze, 13 x 9 x 20 inches.



IN THE AiR: BYRDCLIFFE ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE 2017
This is the second iteration in a newly established annual exhibition of work by artists who were in residence at Byrdcliffe during the 2017 season, both as part of our four-week residencies at the Villetta and Eastover, as well as by longer-term residents of the historic Byrdcliffe Art Colony. Read more

Participating artists: James Adelman, Katherine Bickmore, Laura Brown, Lucille Colin, Viv Corringham, Amanda Lucia Côté, Eliza Evans, Gwen Fabricant, Susan Feldman, Jodie Goodnough, Elissa Gore, Janet Gorzegno, Emily Harris, Faith Shakti Heyliger, Madeleine Hines, Erika Kari, Anne Mailey, Henrietta Mantooth, Anne Arden McDonald, Virginia Melnyk, Rebecca Nison, Elizabeth Primamore, Betsey Regan, Justin Roykovich, Beth Shipley, Claire Stankus, Alex Valls, Daniel Wilkinson, Sarah-Anne Winchester, and Clare Wu.

Curated by Oscar Buitrago.

Download the In the AiR Exhibition Catalog!

Exhibition Dates: April 6 – June 3, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 7, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Panel talks with participating artists: Saturday, April 7, 3:00 pm
Readings/performances by participating artists: Saturday April 7, 7:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: April hours are Friday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm; May/June hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm; or by appointment on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

In the AiR
Left: Eliza Evans, Slick, 2017. Mixed media on board, 12 x 12 inches // middle: Erika Kari, You Mistake Veins for Rivers, 2017. Oil on canvas, 40 x 42 inches // right: Virginia Melnyk, Strange Succulent 1, 2017. Various fabrics and stuffing, 3′ 4″ x 2′ 7″ x 2′ 7″.



SALON STYLE: BYRDCLIFFE MEMBER ARTISTS 2018
The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild invites you to participate in its 2018 Annual Members’ Show, this year called Salon Style, which runs from February 9 to April 1, 2018. The show is open to all current members. A Curator’s Choice award in the amount of $100, plus the opportunity to represent Byrdcliffe in Family of Woodstock’s Annual Guitar Sculpture Exhibition, will be presented to one artist chosen by the Exhibition Committee. The opening reception and Open Mic Night tradition, now in its fourth year, are lively community events that accompany the show.

Click here to download the 2018 Members’ Show Salon Style Guidelines
Click here to download the 2018 Members’ Show Salon Style Loan Agreement
Click here to download the 2018 Members’ Show Salon Style Artwork Submission Labels

Drop-off Date: Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Exhibition Dates: February 9 – April 1, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 10, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Open Mic Night: Saturday, March 3, 2018, 8:00 pm, emceed by Sabrina Asch
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

Salon Style; image


     

All 2018 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.