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2013 EXHIBITIONS

ANNUAL “5 by 7” SHOW – HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER
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.

Byrdcliffe’s 5 by 7 Show is one of our premier events, exhibiting artists from the Hudson Valley region and beyond. Often called, “Everyone’s Favorite Little Show”, the small works are hung in Byrdcliffe’s Kleinert/James Center for the Arts. The works are exhibited anonymously and each is sold for only $100. The opening night’s Preview Party is held in conjunction with the townwide Woodstock Open House. This is a major fundraising event for Byrdcliffe, and by purchasing one ore more fabulous small works you will help support our exhibitions program.

The 2013 Annual 5 by 7 Show is proudly sponsored by Karen and Les WalkerARTSYSTEMS; and the Woodstock Framing Gallery. The food will this year be provided by New World Home Cooking from Saugerties, NY.

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ALAN SIEGEL WORKS
Solo exhibition of Alan Siegel’s work: paintings, chairs and constructions. Alan Siegel’s imagination flows into every corner of his life. It explores everything he encounters, from his own kitchen to large abstract paintings. He works in many artistic disciplines, blurring the lines between high art and functionality. Siegel has made sculpture, paintings, furniture, drawings, constructions, designed magical houses–plus hybrids of all of these. The Kleinert/James Center for the Art’s exhibition Alan Siegel Works conveys the scope and dark delight of his art. Curated by Nancy Azara, Carol March and Sylvia Leonard Wolf.

Exhibition Dates: October 18 – December 1, 2013, with the Opening Reception on Saturday, October 19, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Gallery Talk: Saturday, October 19, 2013, 3:00 pm, a talk with Alan Siegel
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 
Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm

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From left to right: Ascending, 2013, oil on board, 48″ x 48″; Roller Derby, 1995, laminated plywood and paint, 72″ x 30″.

W O V E N
W O V E N celebrates the limitless artistic expressions of an ancient technique applied to materials new and old, unexpected and comforting. Ranging from works including common weaving materials like cotton and wool to the more exploratory – bullet-riddled steel, wire, tennis balls – the artists in this exhibition engage in an energetic dialogue between contemporary visual culture and the traditions of the textile industry.

Highlighting the interdependence of ingenuity, skill and imagination, the objects making up this exhibition celebrate freedom from functional constraint. The overriding issues are: does the artist’s imagination and ability to execute his/her concept spark an awesome, unexpected visual and emotional reaction – and if so, will it encourage the viewer to liberate his/her imagination to a place previously unrevealed? Curated by Sylvia Leonard Wolf and Tina Bromberg, W O V E N transforms the gallery space at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts into a fantastical, web-like exploration of space, scale, texture, and color.

The artists in the exhibition are: Susan Brandeis, Yale Epstein, Marsha Farley, John Garrett, Rob Goldfarb, Sheila Hicks, Lenny Kislin, Nancy Koenigsberg, Alex Kveton, Jorge Lizarazo for Hechizoo Textiles, Lael Marshall, David Poppie, Kate Rapin, Joanne Russo, Zoe Siegel, Mamie Spiegel, Altoon Sultan, Harriet Tannin, Suzanne Tick, Grace Wapner, James Brendan Williams, Bhakti Ziek.

Read an article about the W O V E N exhibit on the artprofiler.com blog!

Read Gordana Vukovic’s blog about the W O V E N exhibit!

Exhibition Dates: August 16 – October 6, 2013, with the Opening Reception on Saturday, August 17, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Gallery Talk: Saturday, August 17, 2013, 3:00 pm
Closing Reception: Saturday, September 28, 2013, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 
Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm

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From left to right: Bhakti Ziek, Mamie Spiegel, John Garrett, Bhakti Ziek, Lael Marshall, Lael Marshall, Suzanne Tick.

CATHERINE MURPHY – GIVE AND TAKE
Paintings by Catherine Murphy, Two Subjects – Forty Years. Curated by Portia Munson.

Give and Take is a retrospective exhibition of paintings by Catherine Murphy. It is very specific as it traces forty years of work through portraits of her husband Harry Roseman and self-portraits of the artist, varying from direct portraiture and self-portraiture to symbolic or textual evocations of the sitter: a shadow, a name traced on glass. It explores how we use what we’ve got to get where we need to go. With very different results Catherine Murphy, like Giacometti, has spent a life chasing reality. There is the world and there is the painting, two fictions distilled into one object. Harry and Catherine are artists wanting to see what will happen next, curiosity trumping entropy.

Read a comprehensive article about Catherine Murphy’s exhibit on Hyperallergic!

Exhibition Dates: June 28 – August 11, 2013, with the Opening Reception on Saturday, June 29, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Gallery Talk: Saturday, June 29, 2013, 3:00 pm, a talk with Catherine Murphy
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm

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Catherine Murphy, Self Portraits, Oil on canvas, 38 x 45 inches, 1985.

GIMME SHELTER
An outdoor sculpture exhibit at Byrdcliffe. Shelter is our most basic need; without it we can perish long before dehydration begins. There is almost no material that humans cannot use to make a structure in which to hide, keep warm overnight, or live for years. This show will present local and regional artists that have constructed site-specific sculptures and structures on the terraces around White Pines at the Byrdcliffe Art Colony. The works address shelter and habitation through form, function, material and method. From the finished and refined to the rustic and haphazard, Gimme Shelter hosts a compelling investigation of the nature of spaces intended for occupation. Curated by Peter Barrett.

The artists in the exhibition are: Marisa DiPaola, Michael C. Johnson, Michelle Levante, Nathaniel Lieb, David d’Ostilio, Gilbane Peck, Brent Sturlaugson, Susan Togut.

Exhibition Dates: June 14, 2013 – April 13, 2014, with the Opening Reception on Saturday, June 15, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Artists Talk: Saturday, September 21, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: White Pines, Byrdcliffe Art Colony, 454 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock, NY

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From left to right: Nathaniel Lieb, Unmitigated Gall, 2013 (Ultra-lath, wire, trees); Brent Sturlaugson, Cavate, 2013 (Soil).

ARTIST UNKNOWN / THE FREE WORLD
This exhibition features hundreds of images of vernacular photography found online by artists John D. Monteith and Oliver Wasow. From the bizarre to the sublime, these anonymously sourced amateur photographs provide a fascinating view of American culture through the new frontier of social media. Artist Unknown / The Free World is born of countless hours of online conversations between Wasow and Monteith. It reflects a new, emerging genre in contemporary visual culture and the artists’ recognition that in a digital environment the artist’s practice is increasingly migrating from the confines of the studio to the image-rich landscape of the World Wide Web. Byrdcliffe exhibition organized by Doug Milford. Exhibition originally presented at Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Florida, organized by Jane Hart, Curator of Exhibitions.

Read an interview (Part 1) with Oliver Wasow about this exhibit and social media in the Huffington Post!

Read an interview (Part 2) with Oliver Wasow about this exhibit and social media in the Huffington Post!

Exhibition Dates: May 10 – June 23, 2013, with the Opening Reception on Saturday, May 11, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Gallery Talk: Saturday, May 11, 2013, 3:00 pm, a talk with Oliver Wasow
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm

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WILLIAM PACHNER – IMAGINED FRAGMENTS
An exhibition of black and white drawings on paper by William Pachner. Born in Czechoslovakia, Pachner studied in Vienna before coming to the United States in 1939 on the eve of World War II. During the war, his anti-fascist illustrations appeared in the foremost national magazines. When he learned in 1945 that all members of his family had been exterminated by the Germans, he quit his commercial career and resolved never again to do a commercial job, but to paint what he felt. Pachner has had numerous solo exhibitions in New York City and Florida, and was the recipient of several awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts, two Ford Foundation grants and a National Institute of Art and Letters Award for painting. About his paintings, Pachner says, “I want, in each work, the world, like my countryman Mahler, the whole pie, not just one triangular wedge of it, but all of it in all of its contradictions, paradoxes, ironies, unbearable sorrows, indescribable joys, tragic comedy, farce, pathos and drama, both authentic and fraudulent”.

Curated by Ann Pachner, Nancy Azara, Byron Bell and Matthew Leaycraft.

Exhibition Dates: March 29 – May 5, 2013, with the Opening Reception on Saturday, March 30, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Gallery Talk: Saturday, April 6, 2013, 2:00 – 3:00 pm – a talk with William Pachner and Michael Perkins
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 – Thursday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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William Pachner, Ladder with Tree, Tempera, 24 x 36 inches, 1980’s.

THE ANIMALS LOOK BACK AT US
For the first time in the history of art, the animals look back at us in art imagery. Their gaze is direct, a direct address, a one-to-one relationship. The animals are fully present in all their living wholeness, vulnerability, intensity, and even ferocity. They are their very own being rather than merely there for our admiration or projected needs. The artists in this exhibition are in the vanguard of a new movement, which by resonating with the inner life of animals, is opening up a vital dialogue with our fellow sentient beings. Curated by Sara Lynn Henry. Sara is an independent curator and art writer concerned with art, nature and science matters. She is also a Professor of Art History, Emerita, and N.E.H. Distinguished Teaching Professor of Humanities, Emerita at Drew University.

The artists in the exhibition are: Terri Amig, Catherine Chalmers, Sue Coe, Lee Deigaard, Mary Frank, Jan Harrison, Gillian Jagger, Isabella Kirkland, David Marell, Gwynn Murrill, Christy Rupp, Janice Tieken, Eva van Rijn.

Exhibition Dates: February 22 – March 24, 2013, with the Opening Reception on Saturday, February 23, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Artists Gallery Talk: Saturday, February 23, 2013, 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 – Thursday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Exhibition Event: Introducing the Animals We Live With – Saturday, March 23, 2013, 3:00 pm
A discussion with the audience by Curator Sara Lynn Henry and Naturalist Spider Barbour about the animals we live with, in our back yards, our neighborhoods, on our farms, up the mountains, and in our homes. Who are they? What is our experience with them? How do we see them and they us? Which are increasing and which decreasing in presence? In the process, we shall also introduce the animals in the works of art and see what they have to say. Questions about animal consciousness and emotions will come up. The event is a collaboration between Byrdcliffe and the Woodstock Land Conservancy.

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Jan Harrison, Big Cat – Mountain Lion With Foliage Fur, 2011, Pastel, charcoal and ink on rag paper, 34.25 x 45.25 inches, seven inch border of rag paper around image. Private Collection. Photo credit: Nancy Donskoj.

BYRDCLIFFE ANNUAL MEMBERS SHOW – TOGETHER AGAIN
Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s annual eclectic exhibition, showcasing the inspiring work of our artist members, in all media and methods. Curated by the Byrdcliffe Exhibition Committee.

Exhibition Dates: January 19 – February 10, 2013, with the Opening Reception on Saturday, January 19, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 
Gallery Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 – 5:00 pm, or by appointment on Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
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All 2013 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.