Designed to Scale, meanwhile, showcases objects created by
contemporary designers working for Syracuse China, Carr & Lamb, and
other companies in upstate New York. Those objects include Wendell
Castle’s walnut rocking chair, “Mephistopheles,” women’s skis designed
by Don Carr and Chas Holman’s “Geemo Building Toy,” a bendable plastic
toy. The show emphasizes diversity in the design process.
In conjunction with the two exhibits, the museum is screening Objectified,
a 75-minute documentary on Sunday, Sept. 12 at 2 p.m. The film examines
manufactured products, our relationship with such objects, and the
people who design them. Good Design finishes on Oct. 12 while Designed to Scale ends its run on Oct. 24.
Another downtown venue, the Redhouse (201 S. West St.;
425-0405), has mounted artworks by the late Joan Lukas Rothenberg, a
local artist and activist for whom the venue’s gallery is named. Joan Lukas Rothenberg—A Retrospective,
which encompasses ceramics, collages, mixed-media pieces and fine
lithographs such as “Reflections” and “The Conversation,” hangs until
At Syracuse University, Light Work (316 Waverly Ave.; 443-1300) is featuring Laura Heyman’s Pa Bouje Anko,
a series of outdoor portraits taken in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, before
and after a Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake devastated that city. The photos
document the courage of Port-au-Prince’s residents. The exhibition opens
Monday, Sept. 14, with a reception scheduled for Oct. 7.
In addition, the gallery is presenting Bearing Witness, a show
selected from Light Work’s permanent collection. The exhibition samples
several series including Suzanne Opton’s stunning portraits of U.S.
soldiers, Paula Luttinger’s works dealing with human rights abuses
during Argentina’s so called “dirty war,” and “Return,” a body of work
created by Sylvia de Swaan. It focuses on her journey to Eastern Europe
decades after her family was forced to flee that region.
A third Light Work exhibit, displayed in the Schine Student Center
(303 University Ave.) showcases Jon Reis’ images. For more than 35
years, the Ithaca photographer has documented Americana, creating
incisive, often whimsical photos of subjects such as cheerleaders at an
Ithaca High School football game, a roadside scene on Route 81 near
Tully, and a girl eating a pretzel at Coney Island. The show runs until
SUArt Galleries (Shaffer Art Building on the SU Quad; 443-4097) is presenting Four X Four: Community Curators and the Syracuse University Art Collection,
in which four individuals were each invited to develop an exhibition
from the collection. Guest curators include Jack White, interested in
artworks portraying sports such as boxing and wrestling; Roy Simmons
Jr., who focuses on Ivan Mestrovic’s sculptures; Nancy Keefe Rhodes,
curator for a display of American art made between World War I and World
War II; and Dr. Kheli Willetts, who explores works referencing the
seven vices and virtues. The quartet will be feted at a reception on
Thursday, Sept. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Off campus, but still under the SU umbrella, the Community Folk Art Center (805 E. Genesee St.; 442-2230) presents Dogs in Transition: Pit Bulls and Mill Dogs,
large scale paintings and drawings of the canines as well as paintings
reflecting the cruelty of puppy mills. The show opens Sept. 25 with a
reception from noon to 2 p.m.; it runs through December.
The Wilson Art Gallery, located in the Le Moyne College
Library (1419 Salt Springs Road; 445-4153), kicks off its fall season
with an exhibit featuring Charles Wollowitz’s sculptures, Katya
Krenina’s illustrations, paintings by Barry Darling, and images from
David Moore’s current body of work, “Remnants of Identity.” All four
artists serve on the college’s faculty. There will be a reception on
Friday, Sept. 10, between 4 and 6 p.m.
At Onondaga Community College, the Gallery at the Ann Felton Multicultural Center (498-2787) is displaying artworks by OCC faculty. The exhibit runs through Sept. 28.
ArtRage Gallery (505 Hawley Ave.; 218-5711), premieres Robert Shetterly’s Americans Who Tell the Truth
this weekend. The exhibition, a series of 28 paintings, presents
portraits of activists, artists and writers, ranging from current-day
individuals like Dr. Paul Farmer, Muhammad Ali and Winona LaDuke to
historical figures such as Emma Goldman and Mark Twain. Shetterly will
give a gallery talk on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m., followed by a
reception. Then, on Sunday at 2 p.m., Sue Coe, whose portrait appears in
the show, will discuss her art and activism. Her work has delved into
factory farming, prisons, AIDS and the oil spill off the Gulf Coast,
among other topics.
In Marcellus, Baltimore Woods Nature Center (4007 Bishop Hill Road; 673-1350) is hosting On the Wild Side,
a selection of prints, paintings and drawings by Cynthia Page, an
artist and wildlife rehabilitator. She also conducts educational
programs with hawks, falcons and owls, among other species. The show
presents a range of artworks including pieces that appeared in the 2009
New York State Breeding Bird Atlas. Page will discuss her work at a
Sept. 18 reception running from 2 to 4 p.m.
Edgewood Gallery (216 Tecumseh Road, 445-8111), is currently
hanging a two-artist show of Niokolay Mikushkin’s paintings, depicting
landscapes and floral scenes, and Bobbi Lamb’s sculptures. There will be
an opening reception on Sept. 17 between 6 to 8 p.m. That exhibit
finishes on Oct. 29, followed by Arlene Abend’s one-woman show on Nov.
7. It’s a retrospective of her sculptures.
Limestone Art and Framing Gallery (207 Brooklea Drive, Fayetteville; 632-4445), opens Objects and Atmospheres
with an artist reception on Friday, Sept. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. The show
presents Joshua Primmer’s stoneware pieces, Brenda Edwards’ soft-focus
paintings and works on paper, and oils from Nathan Sullivan’s “Form
Series.” The exhibit ends Oct. 22.
At a new venue, Brian’s Art Gallery & Custom Framing (201
Wolf St.; 424-9663), Brian Fisher will be displaying an entire
collection of works by deceased Camillus artist, his father, Fred
Fisher. The discovered paintings debut on Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 5
p.m., with an unveiling at noon. The show runs through December.
A Skaneateles gallery, Imagine That (30 E. Genesee St.;
685-9363), is showing Joyce Bond Backus’ work throughout September. The
current exhibit features new figurative artwork.
Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center (205 Main St., Auburn; 255-1533) has hung two exhibitions. Landscapes displays paintings by Neil Berger, Nancy Treheme Craig and Richard Henry. Fred Yehl: A Retrospective
offers tempera paintings portraying trees, buildings, flowers and other
subjects, and illustrations. Both shows finish Oct. 17. Then on Oct. 31
Schweinfurth opens Quilts=Art=Quilts, an annual juried
exhibition emphasizing quilts as a visual medium. It displays works by
artists from throughout the United States and Canada.
At SUNY Oswego, the Tyler Art Gallery (312-4113) is hosting One on One,
which presents work by Yvonne Buchanan and Dorene Quinn. Although
Buchanan works in multiple media, her artworks at Tyler are video
projections, with images manipulated to challenge viewer perceptions.
Quinn’s sculptures and installations examine connections between humans
and the natural world.
On the Cornell University campus, the Johnson Museum of Art ((607) 255-6464) is exhibiting Sublime Form: European Decorative Design 1900-1920 and Toward a New Art: Pictorialist Art from the Permanent Collection.
The latter show explores the work of famed photographer Alfred
Steiglitz as well as his impact on other photographers. Both exhibits
wrap up Oct. 10.
The Main Street Gallery (105 Main St., Groton; (607) 898-9010)
opens Tracy Helgelson’s solo show with a Sept. 11 reception running
from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibit presents both landscapes and oil-on-panel
paintings based on period photos.
Colgate University’s Picker Art Gallery (228-7634) features Highlights from the Permanent Collection,
paintings from the 16th to 20th centuries. An opening reception takes
place Monday, Sept. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m., with the exhibit running from
Sept. 14 to Dec. 17.