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, 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 UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

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.

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″.



PAGEANT OF INCONCEIVABLES
Exhibition focusing on ceramic arts that perform as inner portraits rather than as functional objects, exploring themes of empathy and humanity.

Participating artists: Bill Adams, Ann Agee, Joan Bankemper, Mary Carlson, Stella Chasteen, Alice Mackler, Dan McCarthy, Eva Melas Rebecca Morgan, Aneta Regel, 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



THE AESTHETICS OF PERSUASION
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.

Curated by Linda Weintraub.

Exhibition Dates: August 10 – October 7, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 11, 2018, 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 – 6:00 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.



OSI AUDU, NEW PORTRAITS: FRAMING THE INTANGIBLE: FORMAL 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.

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: Yoruba Head, 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.



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.

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



2018 PAST EXHIBITIONS

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.