exhibitions

2015 EXHIBITIONS

ANNUAL “5 by 7” SHOW – HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER
The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s 16th Annual 5 by 7 Show launched Friday, December 4, 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 exhibitions program. This year, we have received more than 375 works, a new record! We are very grateful to all participating 5 by 7 Show artists for their amazing creative generosity.

Click here to see the list of 2015 participating artists!!

The 2015 Annual 5 by 7 Show is proudly sponsored by Karen and Les Walker and ARTSYSTEMS. The food at the Preview Party will this year be provided by Shindig from Woodstock.

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Exhibition Dates: December 4, 2015 – January 3, 2016, with the Preview Party on Friday, December 4, 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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UP THE HILL: BYRDCLIFFE RESIDENTS 2015
Up the Hill highlights the role the Byrdcliffe Art Colony has had, since 1902, in making Woodstock one of the United States’ most tightly knit artists’ communities. The participating artists, in multiple disciplines, all live in Byrdcliffe’s historic cottages. They are: Ben Carney, Vivienne Corringham, Marc Delgado, Melanie Delgado, Maya Erdelyi, Auguste Garufi, Jessica Goico, Elissa Gore, Robert Lucy, Christine Noschese, Alicia Peck, Gilbane Peck, Betsy Regan, Simi Stone, Matthew Ward, Morgan Yakus, and Alexander Yerks. Curated by Jeremy Adams, Meredith Morabito, and Derin Tanyol. Read more

Exhibition Dates: October 23 – November 29, 2015, with the Opening Reception on Saturday, October 24, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Performance: performances by Byrdcliffe residents Simi Stone, Ben Carney, Morgan Yakus and Gil Peck, Saturday, October 24, 8:00 pm
Film Screening: special preview screening of Christine Noschese’s Brooklyn Roses, Friday, November 20, 8:00 pm. Read more
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

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Left: Simi Stone. Photo Dion Ogust // right: Still from Brooklyn Roses, directed by Christine Noschese.

HAND/MADE: THE DIGITAL AGE AND THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
The Byrdcliffe Art Colony was founded in 1903 as, in theory, a utopian antidote to ongoing industrialization. Byrdcliffe’s original artisans built their arts and crafts by hand, rather than resorting to the machines of mass-production that by all appearances were destroying the artist’s individual signature. For this exhibit, artists who grew up with the Internet—that is, came of age during what was once called “The Digital Age” and is now, simply, the world as it is—have been invited to respond to these ideas as they concern their artistic practice and contemporary experience. The artists in this group show work in digital media to achieve visually “handmade” results, rejoicing in the manual while being not precisely that. This exhibition includes the work of Karen Azoulay, Jude Broughan, Katie Cercone, Alex Chowaniec, Coco Dolle, Elisa Garcia de la Huerta, Emily Harris, Maria Hupfield, Molly Lowe, Jason Lujan, Erica Magrey, Colin McMullan, Diane Meyer, Benjamin Phelan, Kara Rooney, Tarragon Smith, and Jonathan Taylor. Curated by Nancy Azara with Katie Cercone and Emily Harris, consultants. Read more

Exhibition Dates: September 4 – October 18, 2015, with the Opening Reception on Saturday, September 5, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Panel Talk: Panel talk with Nancy Azara, Katie Cercone and Emily Harris, Saturday, September 5, 3:00 pm
Performance: A Thousand Times Thy Light, Sunday, September 6, 5:00 pm, outside the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts. Read more
Performance: A Roaming Performance, Saturday, October 17, 12:00 pm, starts at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts. Read more
Performance: In the Making, Sunday, October 18, 12:00 pm, inside the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts. Read more
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

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Erica Magrey, video still from Own This, 2011-13.

MUSIC IN THE WOODS: ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF MAVERICK CONCERTS
This multi-venue exhibition celebrates the centennial of the Maverick Concert Hall, founded by Woodstock’s original rebel, Hervey White. The creative achievement at the Maverick—hosting the oldest continuous summer chamber music festival in the US—is emblematic of the collective artistic aspirations of Woodstock. This exhibition, presented concurrently as two separate installations in the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts and at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM), draws from the richness of local private collections, from Maverick Concerts, WAAM, and from the archives of Maverick Concerts, WAAM, the Alf Evers Archive of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, the Woodstock Public Library, and the Historical Society of Woodstock. Programming bringing together various communities of the Woodstock art colony—visual artists, writers, musicians, poets—will enhance the exhibition. Curated by Susana Torruella Leval. Read more

Read an article about the “Music in the Woods” exhibit in the July 23 issue of the Woodstock Times.

Exhibition Dates: July 24 – August 30, 2015, with the Opening Reception on Saturday, July 25, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
FREE recital by Violinist Carmit Zori and Cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach: July 25, 2015, 4:00 – 5:00 pm // Read more
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Exhibition Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm, or by appointment on Tuesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Konrad Cramer, Portrait of Hervey White. Silver gelatin print. Maverick Festival Collection, Woodstock Public Library.

NINA KATCHADOURIAN: NEW SORTINGS
Acclaimed photographer, videographer, and sound artist Nina Katchadourian queries linguistic codes, the dynamic relationship of narrative to context, and compulsions to categorize and order. This solo exhibition at the Kleinert/James will focus on Katchadourian’s Sorted Books, an ongoing photographic series that has taken her to libraries public and private around the country. Given a collection of books, Katchadourian arranges them such that the titles on the spines, line by line, form concise narratives, lyrical ruminations, or political commentary. In addition to other work from her Sorted Books project, Katchadourian is creating a new Sorted Books series using the library of Woodstock historian Alf Evers, owned by Byrdcliffe. Evers’ over 1000 books, acquired in 2004, will be for the first time made available to the public concurrently with the opening of the Nina Katchadourian exhibition. Another wall will be left open for “community book sortings,” to be developed interactively over the course of the show. Curated by Derin Tanyol. Read more

We thank the following sponsors for their support: George Baird III and Erica Obey; Susan Spencer Crowe; The Five Partners Foundation; and Carole and Robert Kunstadt.

Exhibition Dates: June 13 – July 19, 2015, with the Opening Reception on Saturday, June 13, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Artist’s Talk: Talk with Nina Katchadourian, Saturday, June 13, 3:00 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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Nina Katchadourian, “Only Yesterday,” from Kansas Cut-Up, 2014. C-print, 12.5 x 19 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco.

MANUEL BROMBERG: CLIFF SCULPTURES
At 98 years of age, Manuel Bromberg continues his life’s work. He is a painter, muralist, sculptor, and influential teacher whose distinguished career spans three quarters of a century. From New Deal muralist to decorated World War II artist, from award-winning painter to pioneering creator of monumental cliffs, Bromberg has been unswervingly loyal to his own sensibilities. He defies category or the restraints of a single style.

Bromberg is an original participant in what has come to be known as the Woodstock Art Colony, the term used to describe artists who, working in a combination of realist American Regionalism and/or European-based abstraction, settled in Woodstock in the wake of the establishment of the Byrdcliffe Art Colony, the Maverick Colony, and the summer school of the Art Students’ League. Manuel Bromberg: Cliff Sculptures brings together a focused scope of the artist’s fiberglass cliffs (1968-2010), looking at Bromberg’s innovative idea of reimagining the scale and weight of rock formations in nature. A combination of wall-mounted and free-standing sculpture, these large works will be the subject of this solo exhibition at the Kleinert/James. Curated by Portia Munson and Jared Handelsman. Read more

Read an article in Roll Magazine about Manuel Bromberg’s exhibit!

And, another great article about Manuel Bromberg’s cliff sculptures in the Woodstock Times!

Exhibition Dates: May 1 – June 7, 2015, with the Opening Reception on Saturday, May 2, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Artist’s Talk: Talk with Manuel Bromberg, Saturday, May 2, 3:00 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

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Manuel Bromberg, Catskill II. Fiberglass, polyester resin, wax, marble dust.

INFLUENCE 
Curator Oliver Wasow has an innovative tack on defining art criticism’s oft-used word influence, positing the nostalgic, understated, even surreptitious creative relationships artists have with what he calls “the mundane and everyday cultural detritus” in their studios. He invited a group of both well-known and emerging artists to curate their conglomerations of personal objects, suggesting “book covers, an object bought in a flea market, a family photo, an article of clothing, an ashtray, a children’s toy, an album cover, a tree branch, a cereal box….the stuff you have pinned to your studio wall, or stored on your hard drive” as potential candidates for inclusion in the exhibition. During the exhibition’s run in the Kleinert/James, objects chosen by the artists will be displayed in close proximity to one of their artworks. Audiences should not necessarily expect literal translations of an artist’s chosen objects of influence into the artwork on view. Influence, rather, queries how those objects intermingle with artistic practice, which Wasow suggests is defined at least in part by the things artists gather around themselves. Curated by Oliver Wasow. Read more

The exhibition includes the artwork and influential “stuff” of: Kamrooz Aram, Black Lake (Susan Jennings and Slink Moss), Dike Blair, Tim Davis, Gail Fitzgerald, Dana Hoey, Alix Lambert, Miranda Lichtenstein, Cameron Martin, Carl Ostendarp, Alexander Ross, Peter Rostovsky, Lisa Sanditz, and Matthew Weinstein.

Exhibition Dates: March 6 – April 19, 2015, with the Opening Reception on Saturday, March 7, 4:00 – 6:00 pm 
Curator’s Talk: Talk with Oliver Wasow, Saturday, March 7, 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

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Left: Alexander Ross, Untitled, 2001, oil on linen, 39″ x 39″ // right: Alexander Ross’s copy of Barflyze, a comic book by Basil Wolverton.

OVERLOOK/HOMEWARD and DON FREEMAN’S ART HOUSE
This short-run exhibition presents artworks created at the Byrdcliffe Art Colony between 1903 and 1918 as well as material from the collection of the Historical Society of Woodstock. On view will be 22 objects from Byrdcliffe’s permanent collection that are coming home after an 8-year loan for study purposes to the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, including photographs and paintings by Eva Watson-Schütze, Zulma Steele, and Ralph and Jane Whitehead. The exhibition provides the visual context for the premiere of Overlook, a solo performance by Hélène Lesterlin, who uses an amalgam of voices, historical accounts, dance, and local folklore to bring to life stories from Woodstock’s past. During gallery hours throughout the weekend, visitors are invited to contribute to a visual installation and audio station designed by Lesterlin from some of the historical materials and interviews that inspired the solo performance. Overlook/Homeward takes Lesterlin’s performance and the homecoming of Byrdcliffe’s historical objects as a point of departure to celebrate the intensive intellectual history that forms the underpinning of what is today called the Woodstock Art Colony. The weekend begins with a screening of Don Freeman’s lush documentary film Art House, taking viewers through 12 artist-made homes including Byrdcliffe’s White Pines. Read more

Exhibition Dates: Friday, February 27 – Sunday, March 1, 2015, 12:00 – 6:00 pm
Free Screening of Art House: Friday, February 27, 7:30 pm
Reception and Premiere Performance of Overlook: Saturday, February 28, 7:30 – 9:30 pm (Performance begins at 8:00 pm)
Location: Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Cost: Exhibition and film screening free to the public // Reception and Performance cost: $20 ($18 for Byrdcliffe members)

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ANNUAL MEMBERS’ SHOW “re: MEMBER”
The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild invites all Byrdcliffe members to participate in its 2015 Annual Members’ Show, this year called “re: Member”. The show is open to all current members. A “Best in Show” award in the amount of $100 will be presented for one work chosen by the Exhibition Committee. Curated by the Byrdcliffe Exhibition Committee. Read more

Exhibition Dates: January 16 – February 22, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 17, 2015, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Open Mic Night: Saturday, January 17, 2015, 6:15 – 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

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All 2015 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.