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Ansel Adams next big draw for Hyde

2013-09-15T21:04:00Z 2013-09-15T21:11:33Z Ansel Adams next big draw for HydeBy BILL TOSCANO — btoscano@poststar.com Glens Falls Post-Star
September 15, 2013 9:04 pm  • 

GLENS FALLS — After a hugely successful summer show of the works of one 20th century American icon, The Hyde Collection will turn to another in a show that opens early next year.

As staff members of The Hyde work with representatives of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum of Sante Fe, N.M. dismantle the “Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George,” and prepare for Oct. 13 opening of the “2013 Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region” exhibition, the big day on the horizon is Jan. 25, 2014, opening of “Ansel Adams: The Early Works,” which will hang in the Wood Gallery until April 20, 2014.

“Adams is a household word just as O’Keeffe was, and it should be a very strong exhibition us. This is the kind of exhibition we will be looking for from here on out,” said Hyde Director Charles Guerin.

The O’Keeffe exhibit was the Hyde’s most successful in its five-decade history.

Adams, a master of landscape photography, died in 1984. The Hyde exhibit will focus on his early work, from the 1920s and into the 1940s. It will include his warm-toned images from the 1920, which evoke the look of paintings, to his sharp-focused “straight photography, of the 1930s and on to his high-contrast style of the 1940s. The exhibit is from the collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg and is organized by arts2art Circulating Exhibitions.

At the same time, the Wood Gallery will also host “Photo-Secession: Painterly Masterworks of Turn-of-the-Century Photography,” which will include the return of Alfred Stieglitz, whose work, “A Family Album: Alfred Stieglitz and Lake George,” closed Sunday as well.

The “Photo-Secession” exhibit will include Stieglitz, Edward Steichen and Paul Strand, along with a number of other early 20th century photographs who broke away from use of the camera as a tool for mechanical reproduction and embraced creativity and craftsmanship instead.

Fall exhibits

The Adams show is the early 2014, and The Hyde has two other exhibits going up this fall.

The “2013 Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region” exhibition, opens Oct. 13, and is being organized by Dan Cameron, the chief curator at the Orange County (Calif.) Museum of Art.

Founded in 1936, the annual Mohawk-Hudson Region show is coordinated by The Hyde, the Albany Institute of History and Art and the University Art Museum at the University at Albany. It is hosted at each site on a rotating basis and is one of the oldest regional exhibitions in the country.

Cameron has selected 85 works by 75 artists for the show, which will run through Dec. 29. It will be in the Wood Gallery, and there will be an annex show at The Shirt Factory Gallery through Nov. 2.

“The Window Project” will be the next exhibition in the Hoopes Gallery. Teaching artist Gabi Moore is working with young artists ages 16 to 21 to use discarded windows to create art with. The museum did a similar exhibition “The Door Project” last year. It will be in the Hoopes Gallery Oct. 12 until Dec. 31.

More in 2014

At the same time the Adams show is up in the Hyde gallery, the Hoopes Gallery will welcome “Winter Light: Selections from the Thomas Clark Collection.”

That show, organized by Erin Coe, The Hyde’s chief curator, will include a selection of winter landscape paintings from the early 20th Century.

The exhibit will from Jan. 25, 2014, to May 10, 2014.

The summer show in the Wood Gallery, running from June 14, 2014, to Sept. 14, 2014, will be “Larry Kagan: Lying Shadows, which will include 30 wall-mounted steel sculptures. Kagan, a faculty member in the art department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has worked for the last 15 years on steel-wire sculptures and the specific shadows they cast on the wall.

The final show of 2014 in the Wood Gallery will be “Picturing America: Signature Works from the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, a touring exhibition put on by the Westmoreland, which is in Greensburg, Penn. It includes works ranging from the 1758 “Portrait of John Gardiner” by John Singleton Copley to Milton Avery’s 1948 piece “Arrangement with Plants.”Other artists who will be represented include Mary Cassatt, Benjamin West and Charles Wilson Peale.

The show will run Sept. 27, 2014 to Jan. 4, 2015.

The other exhibition on the schedule for 2014 is “Anne Diggory: Hybrid Visions,” which will be in the Hoopes Gallery Sept. 27,. 2014 to Jan. 4, 2015. It will feature recent work by Diggory, who uses a style that combines photography and painting. Diggory is from Saratoga Springs.

O’Keeffe moves on

The next stop for “Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George” is the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Sante Fe, N.M., and will run there from Oct. 4 until Jan. 26, 2014.

After the exhibit in Sante Fe, the exhibit heads on to its final stop, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The exhibit there will run from Feb. 15, 2014 to May 11, 2014

After the O’Keeffe Museum closes the Lake George exhibit, it will put up a show on O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams in Hawaii. “Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams: The Hawaii Pictures,” will run from Feb. 7, 2014 until Sept. 14, 2014 The exhibition will include 14 O’Keeffe paintings and photos from several trips Adams made to the islands.

O’Keeffe and Stieglitz are among the featured artists in a show called “American Modern,” that is up at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. That show, drawn from the MoMA’s holdings, is up until Jan. 26, 2014, includes a number of other well-known 20th century artists.

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