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ArtScene TV Episode 16: Dorsky Museum of Art

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Islet Trans-Hematopoietic, neckpiece by Doug Bucci, resin, 2010.
  • Islet Trans-Hematopoietic, neckpiece by Doug Bucci, resin, 2010.

Each month, filmmaker Stephen Blauweiss produces "ArtScene," a monthly video web series with short segments on artists, galleries, and museums in the Hudson Valley. Here, Stephen gives an outline of this month's film. Check out the film and others from the "ArtScene" series at Chronogram.com/TV

This month's film features highlights from three exhibitions currently at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. The exhibitions are contemporary design, street photography, and early holography.

"Made for You: New Directions in Contemporary Design" is an antidote to box stores and mass production, with subjects ranging from fashion to home furnishings. On display are functional and artistic pieces from 20 regional artists. Featuring an extraordinary array of media, including glass, wood, plastic, and ceramics, most objects are hand-crafted, while others utilize 3D printing. This is a great chance to see what's going on in design in the Hudson Valley and beyond and is exhibited through July 10.

"On the Street and in the Studio: Photographs Donated by Howard Greenberg" highlights selections from the 1,145 images in the Dorsky collection donated by gallerist and curator Greenberg. These include work from under- appreciated artists around the globe, such as Morris Huberland, to masters like Eugène Atget and Henri Cartier-Bresson. The exhibition is in two parts. The first focuses on street photography, defined as spontaneous photographs taken in urban public spaces (through July 10). The second focuses on portraiture and the personal relationship between photographer and subject (August 31-December 11).

"The Floating World: Holograms by Rudie Berkhout" (through July 10) focuses on the Dutch born artist's innovations to the field of holography. Berkhout was a pioneer artist in the new technology of holograms in the early '70s. Holography is a method of making a three-dimensional image by using a divided beam of light from a laser. Berkhout plays with landscape and abstraction in what he calls "Future Memories," his series exploring myth, religion, and philosophy.

Located at the State University of New York at New Paltz, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art has more than 9,000 square feet of exhibition space distributed over six galleries. The museum exhibits national and international art, with a focus on the Hudson Valley. The museum's permanent collection spans more than 4,000 years, and includes more than 5,500 works from around the world. Exhibitions are accompanied by educational programs, lectures, and gallery talks. Newpaltz.edu/museum.

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