note: The following list of area organizations dedicated to
exhibiting art and/or historical materials is just the tip
of the iceberg. In addition are numerous smaller spaces—both
nonprofit and for-profit—that add to the rich diversity of
the area’s visual-arts scene. Please refer to Metroland’s
Museums & Galleries listings in the weekly Night &
Day section of the paper for up-to-date information on all
museum and gallery exhibits.
at the Albany Public Library, 161 Washington Ave., Albany, 462-4775.
Old gallery, new space, exhibiting the work of regional artists.
Eight shows annually. Web site: www.albanycentergalleries.org.
Closed Sunday-Monday. Free.
Institute of History & Art
125 Washington Ave., Albany, 463-4478. The state’s oldest
museum has just expanded, renovated and modernized, and continues
to be dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting and
promoting interest in the history, art and culture of Albany
and the Upper Hudson Valley region. Closed Monday. Admission
fee (Wednesday evening, free).
International Airport Gallery
Third level, Albany International Airport, Colonie. 242-2243.
Fabulous exhibitions showing regional, contemporary art, site-specific
installations, area museum collections and travelling national
exhibits of regional interest, all in a space flooded by light.
Open daily. Free.
Urban Cultural Park and Henry Hudson Planetarium
25 Quackenbush Square, Albany, 434-0405. The Visitors’ Center
is open daily (free). The Henry Hudson Planetarium offers
star shows on weekends (admission fee).
Arts Center of
the Capital Region
265 River St., Troy, 273-0552. The center’s gallery features
contemporary art from the region and beyond, plus a folk-art
exhibit space on the second floor. This is also the place
to get involved in the arts, hands on, through a multitude
of courses offered throughout the year. The center also has
a resident theater company. Open daily. Free.
Fine Arts Building, Union College, Schenectady, 388-6714.
Faculty and student shows are featured, plus exhibits by visiting
artists and others of regional, national and international
repute. Open daily. Free.
39 South St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 443-7171. Permanent
installations as well as exhibits from regional artists and
seasonal shows. Open daily.
306 Hudson Ave, Albany, 433-1537. Funky little gallery reminiscent
of something you might find in New York City. Monthly exhibits
and poetry readings. Closed Sunday-Tuesday. Free, donation
Museum at Saratoga
36 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 584-5540. With its large exhibition
space, this interactive museum for kids and families features
hands-on exhibits, workshops and special events. Closed Monday.
of Saint Rose Art Gallery
Picotte Hall, 324 State St., Albany, 485-3900. Regular shows
by artists of regional, national and international acclaim,
as well as student and faculty shows. Closed Saturday. Free.
Emma Willard School, 285 Pawling Ave., Troy, 833-1344. This
gallery, housed on the campus of an elite girls’ school, mounts
regional exhibits on a regular basis. Open daily. Free.
408 Fulton St., Troy, 274-8464. Features changing exhibits
by local and regional artists. Closed Sunday. Free.
Hudson Valley Community College
LRC Gallery, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy, 629-4822. Exhibits
of works by students and regional artists. Closed Sunday.
161 Warren St., Glens Falls, 792-1761. The permanent collections
here include historic art and artifacts from the United States
and beyond. Special touring exhibits are often featured. Web
site: www.hydeartmuseum.org. Closed Monday. Free.
Caverns Road, Howes Cave, 296-8949. Presents the enduring
spirit of the Iroquois through the fine and performance arts,
and through anthropological and ethnographic exhibits. Located
in a 45-acre nature park; includes a children’s museum. Closed
Monday. Admission fee.
105 Eighth Street, Troy, 235-2120. Planetarium shows, live
animal shows and a myriad of children’s activities and workshops.
Closed Monday-Tuesday. Admission fee.
LuLu Gallery and Café
288 Lark St., Albany, 436-5660. On the third floor of this
café is where you’ll find an airy exhibition space given to
displaying solo shows of works by regional artists, as well
as the occasional group show. Open daily. Free.
Museum of Contemporary Art
1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass., (413) 664-4481.
An impressive compound located in a renovated 27-building
former mill complex. Called Mass MoCA for short, this institution
is fast becoming a destination for the art-savvy and the curious
who are drawn to its world-class exhibitions, performances
and funky events. Open daily. Admission fee.
Museum of Dance
99 S. Broadway (Route 9), Saratoga Springs, 584-2225. The
only museum in the country devoted exclusively to professional
dance. In addition to changing exhibits, it features a permanent
exhibit on American dancemakers who’ve been inducted into
the Museum’s Dance Hall of Fame. Closed November through May.
York State Museum
Empire State Plaza, Albany, 474-5877. Features permanent exhibits
relating to New York history, a variety of changing exhibits
and the Discovery Place for kids. Open daily. Free for most
exhibits, donations suggested.
Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge
Route 183, Stockbridge, Mass., (413) 298-4100. A museum devoted
to exhibiting the works of its namesake. Also features other
special exhibits. Open daily. Admission fee.
The Sage Colleges of Albany, 140 New Scotland Ave., Albany,
292-1778. Shows by regional, national and international artists
are regularly featured. Closed Saturday. Free.
County Historical Society
57 Second St., Troy, 272-7232. One of New York state’s premier
historic-house museums. RCHS collects and preserves the history
of Rensselaer County. Re-opening October 28. Closed Sunday-Monday.
251 River Street, Troy, 270-8667. Features a polished, informative
slide presentation on the Hudson-Mohawk industrial gateway,
plus a permanent exhibit on the area’s historical contributions
to industry in the United States. Closed Sunday-Monday. Free.
County Arts Council Arts Gallery
320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-4132. Exhibits of works
by regional artists. Closed Sunday. Free.
Terrace Heights, Schenectady, 382-7890. Ongoing exhibits include
the astronomical planetarium, Thomas Edison’s Schenectady
heritage, hands-on activities and technology exhibits. Also
regular exhibits of works by regional artists. Closed Monday.
Saisselin Art Building, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs,
580-5000 ext. 5049. Faculty and students exhibit their works
here, as well as artists from the area and beyond. Open daily.
Museum and Library
88 Shaker Museum Road, Old Chatham, 794-9100. Features a premier
Shaker collection in the rolling farmland of Columbia County;
look for workshops and festivals, too. Closed Tuesday. Admission
Rensselaer Union, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 15th Street
and Sage Avenue, Troy, 276-6505. This college gallery exhibits
regional, national and international artists, as well as the
art of students and faculty. Open daily. Free.
Route 203, Spencertown, 392-3693. An art gallery and a craft
gallery for exhibits, classroom for classes and workshops
as well as a performance. Closed Monday-Tuesday. Admission
to galleries is free.
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
255 South St., Williamstown, Mass. (413) 458-9545. Features
collections of French Impressionist, Italian Renaissance,
English, Dutch, Flemish, Spanish and American 19th-century
painters; also sculpture, 19th-century American porcelain,
silver and furniture, and national traveling exhibits. Closed
Monday. November-June 16 admission is free.
Teaching Museum and Gallery
Skidmore College, 815 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 580-8080.
The swanky-looking new building is considered inappropriate
to the conservative college campus, but the Tang lives on.
An impressive permanent collection as well as cool exhibits
traveling through. Closed Monday. Free.
Fine Arts Building, University at Albany, 1400 Washington
Ave., Albany, 442-4035. Works by regional, national and international
artists presented in theme exhibitions. Faculty and student
works are showcased in annual exhibits. Web site: www.albany
.edu/museum. Closed Monday-Tuesday. Free.
College Museum of Art
Main Street (Route 2), Williamstown, Mass., (413) 597-3180.
This college art gallery typically features an impressive
array of historic and contemporary exhibits by artists of
regional, national and international import in its many exhibition
spaces. Closed Monday. Free.
Awareness Children’s Museum
229 Glen St., Glens Falls, 793-2773. Part of the 50-country
International Youth Art Exchange, this museum boasts changing
exhibitions of children’s art from around the world, interactive
exhibits, hands-on activities and reference materials. Closed
Monday during fall and winter. Admission fee.
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