Woodstock Collects – Opening Reception

September 14, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts
36 Tinker Street

Five-venue exhibition celebrates unity among Woodstock’s arts organizations

With a town-wide reception on Saturday September 14, the multi-venue exhibition Woodstock Collects invites the public to bask in over a century of rich visual traditions making Woodstock the art colony to beat all art colonies. The exhibition, sourced entirely from local private collections, will be on view through the fall of 2019 at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Historical Society of Woodstock, the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM), the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, and the Woodstock School of Art. This first-time collaboration among five of Woodstock’s key arts organizations includes regionally and internationally known artists like Milton Avery, George Bellows, Lucile Blanch, Manuel Bromberg, Konrad Cramer, Julio de Diego, Mary Frank, Marion Greenwood, Philip Guston, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Georges Malkine, Fletcher Martin, Zulma Steele, Eva Watson-Schütze, and many more.

Each of the five participating organizations uses a different curatorial approach, telling a story that illuminates that organization’s history. The Center for Photography at Woodstock’s exhibition, curated by Hannah Frieser, will be on view through October 20; featuring the experimental photographs of Konrad Cramer, Manuel Komroff, and Nathan Resnick, the exhibition focuses on their changes from Pictorialism to abstraction. Deborah Heppner, curator of the show at the Historical Society of Woodstock (on view through October 27), invited HSW board members to submit works of personal or historical significance, along with written narratives of how the artworks came into their possession. WAAM’s contribution to Woodstock Collects, titled An Artistic Legacy: 1+1+1, presents three-tiered groupings based on a work by historic Woodstock artists from WAAM’s permanent collection and private collections, the work of one of the artist’s descendants, and the work of a contemporary artist selected by the descendant; curated by Janice La Motta, WAAM’s exhibition is on view through December 29. Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s Legacy of the Arts: Friends, Families, Lovers (through October 13) was curated by Tina Bromberg, Abigail Sturges, and Sylvia Leonard Wolf and celebrates artists from every stage of the Guild’s history, from Ralph and Jane Whitehead’s Arts and Crafts utopia, to the formation of the Woodstock Guild of Craftsmen in 1939, to the merger between the Guild and the Byrdcliffe Art Colony in 1976 and the addition of the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts in 1996. Finally, Jenne M. Currie curated the exhibition The Art Students League in Woodstock 1947–79 for the Woodstock School of Art, examining the vital role that instructors at the Art Students League (housed until 1979 at what is today WSA’s campus) and their peers in the artistic community have played in the town’s rich cultural history. WSA’s Woodstock Collects exhibition is on view through October 12.

While each venue’s exhibition has its own personality, the sum of the five shows reveals the mutual sustainability of the arts in Woodstock, held together by a community of artists, collectors, cultural leaders, and donors.

Art historian Susana Torruella Leval notes that together, the five organizations participating in Woodstock Collects “point to a common future as part of the town’s artistic alliance—confirming that creative energy and activity are alive and well in Woodstock.” The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated 72-page catalogue with essays by Leval and the exhibition curators.

Public receptions will be held on September 14, 2019 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Historical Society of Woodstock, the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, and the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. The day ends with a celebration at the Woodstock School of Art from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

On Sunday, October 13, visitors will be able to enjoy the show until 2:00 pm, at which point a fundraising auction begins for the Family of Woodstock Hotline. More info on that at: familyofwoodstockinc.org.

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild (Kleinert/James Center for the Arts)
36 Tinker Street, Woodstock NY 12498

Gallery Hours:
Mon/Thurs/Fri: 12:00 – 6:00 pm and Sat/Sun: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
By appointment Tues/Wed