of Wonder and Delight
much depends/upon/a red wheel/barrow/glazed with rain/water/beside
the white/chickens.” So wrote master imagist poet William
Carlos Williams. The latest exhibition at the Hyde Collection
celebrates still life with similar awe and gravity.
of Wonder and Delight, brings together 51 still lifes
in a variety of media including oil, watercolor, collage,
sculpture, textile, ceramic and glass, on loan from the
collection of the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach,
The works in the exhibition span four centuries, from the
Ming dynasty to the current day and study major genres of
still-life through some of the preeminent artists in Western
history, including Gustave Courbet, Henri Matisse, Pablo
Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Andy
According to the Norton Museum, “Still-life works celebrate
the significance of even the most mundane aspects of daily
existence. They embrace a moment in time and create a memory
that combines real life and its representation in art.”
So much depends on vase, pitcher and hosta of Still Life
by Charles Sheeler (pictured). So much on fish and a garland
of Wonder and Delight opens at The Hyde Collection tomorrow
(Friday, Jan. 28) with an opening reception from 6:30 PM
to 8:30 PM and runs through April 21. Admission to the reception
is $15, free for members. For more info, call the Hyde at
you’re probably wondering, “what are the Americana-rock
duo Wye Oak doing these days?”
Well, they’ve just finished an acclaimed stint opening for
the Decemberists at the Beacon Theatre on Broadway in New
York City, and are revving up for a busy year of touring.
Or, as they described it on their website, “we’re gearing
up for an absurd amount of touring in 2011.” This includes
Sunday’s show in Albany.
They also have a new album set for release on the Merge
label in March, titled Civilian. Also per the band
themselves, “the title track for the record is floating
around the Internet in MP3 form, so go have a listen.”
Wye Oak will perform Sunday (Jan. 7) at 7 PM downstairs
at Valentine’s (17 New Scotland Ave., Albany). The opening
acts will include Que Caro, We Are Jeneric and If Madrid.
Tickets are $10. For more info, call 432-6572.
know when “they” tell you not to worry, because failure
isn’t that bad? It’s occasionally true. John Cariani’s atmospheric
comedy about life in Maine, which he developed from sketches
he’d written for auditions, became an international success
only after flopping Off-Broadway.
As The New York Times describes it, Almost, Maine
is “almost a dozen two-character vignettes exploring the
sudden thunderclap of love and the scorched that sometimes
follows . . . [It takes a] whimsical approach to the joys
and perils of romance.” And beginning this weekend, the
Schenectady Civic Players will present this world-wide crowd
Schenectady Civic Players will present Almost, Maine
beginning tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 28) at 8 PM and ending
Feb. 6 at the Schenectady Civic Theatre (12 S. Church St.,
Schenectady). Tickets are $15. For more info, call 382-2081.