new exhibit at Skidmore’s Schick Art Gallery is the fruit
of more than 18 months of “interaction and collaboration”
among seven artists from the China Art Archives and Warehouse
(Beijing) and Bucknell University: Ai WeiWei, Xiaoze Xie,
Hong Hao, Vernon Fisher, Enrique Chagoya, Dan Mills and
Hai Bo. As Xie explains in the catalogue essay, “Even though
there is not a single theme or artistic medium linking all
the works in the exhibition, there are diverse and complex
correlations between the featured works.” In other words,
words are insufficient: Go to Schick and discover the connections
Pictured is Mills’ Mine! (2004, courtesy of the artist
and Printworks Gallery, Chicago).
Trails opens today (Thursday, July 13) and continues
through Sept. 22 at the Schick Art Gallery (Skidmore College,
815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs); please note that the
gallery will be closed (for Summer vacation?) between Aug.
4 and Sept. 4. There is also an opening reception today
from 6 to 7 PM. Artist-curator Dan Mills will present a
lecture on the exhibit on July 21 at 7 PM in Skidmore’s
Gannett Auditorium (Palamountain Hall). Admission to the
gallery and all events is free. For gallery hours, call
are a band who share much in common with the historical
figure they are named after. No, they aren’t large, bearded,
faux holymen with supercharged sex drives and alleged healing
powers. However, like Rasputin, they are a bit ethereal,
hard to pin down, and mesmerizing. According to the band’s
Web page, they even share the same century of birth with
the mad monk—the 1800s. If this were true, the cello trio
who call their concerts ‘recitals’ would have something
else in common with Rasputin—that they would be long dead.
Alas, Ras putina are not deceased, de spite all their cosmetic
attempts to appear otherwise. No, the rotting fingers of
the living dead could not coax the elegant noises out of
the cello strings that Rasputina can.
Lately, the band who refer to themselves as “The Traveling
Ladies’ Cello Society” have run into a vexing problem. Ever
since member Zöe Keating left this year, there has been
something mucking up their prim-and-proper allure: They
have replaced Ms. Keating with an icky-sticky boy. Will
they be able to turn any more young, impressionable lasses
into brides of the undead? You’ll have to find out for yourself.
Forgive us, our inkwell has run dry and we can no longer
dip our quill.
Rasputina will die for you on Monday (July 17) at 8 PM at
the WAMC Performing Arts Studio, (302 Central Ave, Albany).
Tickets are $15. Call 465-5233 ext. 4 for more information.
51st (dream) state
artist Sekou Sundiata has drawn favorable comparisons to
Gil Scott-Heron and the Last Poets, which should pretty
much give you an idea of where he’s coming from. He’s been
called a “master poet/artist/musician and spokesperson for
our times.” Longstoryshort, Sundiata’s 2000 release
on the Righteous Babe label, is, simply, one of the most
engaging works in its form. And he’s been an influence and
inspiration for artists from Ani DiFranco to Mike Doughty.
In the 51st (dream) state, Sundiata will do what
he does best—recite his socially conscious poetry over Afro-Caribbean,
funk, and jazz music (performed by a 10-piece ensemble)—but
the performance also will incorporate a visual element that
should make for a stirring and thought-provoking evening
at the theater.
51st (dream) state with Sekou Sundiata will be performed
this Saturday (July 15) at 8 PM and Sunday (July 16) at
3 PM at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (14 Castle St.,
Great Barrington, Mass.). Tickets are $24, $36 and $50,
$16 for students. For tickets or more information, call
(413) 528-0100 or visit www.mahaiwe.org.