Janine Antoni and Stephen Petronio at the Tang Museum

Janine Antoni and Stephen Petronio at the Tang Museum, Skidmore College, through July 16, 2017. Blog Post by Dr. Melody Davis   It’s a clothes line, a simple rope, with associations ranging from the mundane to the metaphysical.  In the performance of Antoni, a visual artist, and Petronio, a choreographer and dancer, the rope becomes…

David Salle: Bogus Art, or a Bogus View of Art?

Article by Dr. Melody Davis Published on thealt.com March 29, 2017 David Salle’s March 23 talk at University at Albany, hosted by Joe Donahue and recorded by WAMC radio, was a promotional vehicle for Salle’s How to See: Looking, Talking and Thinking About Art, a new book of art criticism published by W. W. Norton. Beginning…

Go, run, get there..

Blog Post by Dr. Melody Davis   It’s an astounding experience when you’ve taught a work for decades without seeing it in its  entirety—then you do.  So it was when I encountered James Rosenquist’s FX 111 from 1965 in the Museum of Modern Art’s 1960s show.   Rosenquist’s work, usually just seen in sections, is a…

Codrescu for the Holiday Break

Blog post by Dr. Melody Davis Codrescu for the Holiday Break     We have a sparse calligraphic tradition in the West.  In other parts of the world, such as Asia, Africa, and Islamic cultures, the interdependence of word-form and image is treated with respect, even reverence.  How can we truly separate them, after all?  Ion…

Your Summer Field Trip. Yes, You !

Your Summer Field Trip yes, you  Ah, the lazy daze of Summer, sunshine, beaches, bar-b-ques, and ART.    No classes, no excuses.   This is the time to attend to your duty of sallying forth into the world and seeing how others go about IT.   Rest assured, the burden will be a light one.  Follow the path:…

The Clark Art Institute

The Clark Art Institute The new Clark, designed by Tadao Ando, is a wonder of architecture and interior design.  The planarity of the pink granite, vertical metal bars, fenestration, and gravel garden is harmonious, gentle, and postmodern with a Japanese touch.  If you can go by May 17th, you can visit “Machine Age Modernism:  Prints…

Melinda McDaniel and John McQueen at the Arts Center of the Capital Region

Memory Books             The assumed equivalency of photography and memory is a clichè in our culture, but Melinda McDaniel takes this transparency as a starting point for questioning how we relate to  photographic material, how we process its information, and how we layer images, whether experienced first-hand or through media that offer a simulacrum of…

Doc’s Picks in Chelsea

Doc’s Picks in Chelsea If you’re going to New York over the holidays (and if you weren’t, change plans)–here are a number of must-see shows. Sculpture leads the list with expansive exhibits of Ursula von Rydingsvard, Melvin Edwards, and Martin Puryear.  I’ve been tracking Edwards’ work for some time, finding a Lynch Fragment or a…

Jack Shainman’s The School, Kinderhook

Jack Shainman recently opened The School, a gallery with 30,000 square feet of exhibition space, located in Kinderhook, New York, a short drive from Albany. This is a must-see for students, even if only for Antonio Jimenez Torrecilla’s masterful architectural transformation. If you’re lucky, you may get to see one of Nick Cave’s fantastical suits,…