While the New York City art world tends to sleep for the summer, in the last few years the Hudson Valley has become a top destination during the season. With the Marina Abramovic Institute underway and a spate of new galleries opened, the city of Hudson is the heart of the region’s art scene. But there are many more public works, institutions, and galleries to see along the way up the riverfront with expansive spaces and sweeping acreage. This week begins the two-week run of VisionaireFILM’s A Portrait of Marina Abramovic directed by Matthew Placek, a 3D film and immersive installation at Second Ward in Hudson. The film stars the artist set in the future home of her institute in the city. Here are five other art events to check out this summer in the Hudson Valley.
The 500-acre art park in New Windsor mounts two exhibitions this summer, Dennis Oppenheimer: Terrestrial Studio and Outlooks: Josephine Halvorson. Halverson presents three new site specific works for Measures, while the Oppenheimer show covers his 45-year-long career, with much of his work mounted in the outdoors. Both shows are on view until mid-November.
By night over the Hudson River, points of light illuminate the Bannerman castle ruins at the Hudson Highlands State park, constellating the shape of the original structure. Melissa McGill’s public art project not only references the colonial history of the river valley, but its indigenous people, who believed that the Opi Temakan, or the Milky Way, was a road between the present and the future. The installation is on view nightly through 2017.
Jack Shainman Gallery
Just north of Hudson, the New York-based Jack Shainman Gallery celebrates its second anniversary at The School, a 30,000-square-foot converted elementary school. The anniversary exhibition, A Change of Place: Four Solo Exhibitions, features painting, photography, and sculpture by Pierre Dorion, Hayv Kahraman, Richard Mosse, and Garnett Puett. The School is open on Saturdays from 11am to 5pm.
Robert Irwin’s Excursus: Homage to the Square3 is up all summer at the minimal and conceptual mecca he helped designed. The piece, installed last year, was originally commissioned by Dia for its former space in New York City; the current installation was done specifically for the Beacon space. The work separates rooms with transparent scrims and covering windows with theatrical gels that change the color of the light depending on the time of day.
The exhibition Tony Oursler: The Imponderable Archive, curated by Tom Eccles and Beatrix Ruf will be on view at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, from June 25 to October 30, 2016. The exhibition represents a large-scale research project into the vast archives maintained by the artist, encompassing more than 2,500 photographs, documents, and objects that contribute to the history of his installation and filn work. The show runs concurrently with a theater screening of Oursler’s film Imponderable at MoMA in New York.