Object Out Loud: Arman and Nick Cave
Oct 15—Jan 7 • Katonah Museum of Art
Both of the celebrated artists featured in this unlikely exhibition use found objects as the basis of their work, creating pieces composed of items many might only see as trash. A pioneer of post-modern art, Arman’s sculptures address social unrest and upheaval through accumulations of tools, musical instruments, and other objects. A noted performance artist and sculptor in his own right, Nick Cave similarly works to further social commentary with his incredible assemblages of scavenged articles.
Romare Bearden: Abstraction
Sept 10—Dec 22 • Neuberger Museum of Art
It’s safe to say collage would not be the robust artistic genre it is today without the forward-thinking work of Romare Bearden. Honored in 1967 with the National Medal of Arts, Bearden founded the civil-rights-inspired art group The Spiral and was a celebrity by the time of his death in 1988. Few, however, are aware of Bearden’s abstract watercolors, stain paintings, and mixed media works, which are featured in this exhibition that illuminates a rarely glimpsed side of a true creative master.
In the Limelight: Toulouse-Lautrec Portraits from the Herakleidon Museum
Sept 23—Jan 7 • The Bruce Museum
The decadence and debauchery of 19th-century Paris are brought to life in this exhibition of landmark French painter, printmaker, and illustrator Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. Roughly 100 drawings, prints, and posters by the post-Impressionist will be on display, many of which satirize famous faces of the day, such as Sarah Bernhardt and Jane Avril. The extensive collection provides an up-close look at City of Lights’ boozy nightlife as seen through one of its most prominent artists.
Give Us the Vote
Oct 10—Jan 1 • ArtsWestchester
Time to get patriotic. This eye-popping collection of contemporary art is inspired by the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. With works by a host of up-and-coming and established artists — including Sable E. Smith, Zoe Buckman, and Steve Lambert — this rousing show examines the state of voting rights in modern-day America while presenting a heartfelt take on the movement for civil liberties.
Walks with Artists: The Hudson Valley and Beyond
Oct 7—Jan 21 • Hudson River Museum
Take a jaunt through our region’s scenic splendors in this gathering of more than 30 paintings from the Hudson River Museum’s collection. The lush assemblage of landscapes includes the works of such artists as Herman Fuechsel, Gifford Beal, George Stengel, Louis Aston Knight, Richard Haas, and Alison Moritsugu. This marks the first time this collection of paintings has been on view to the public in several decades, and it highlights the work of the museum’s two-year conservation initiative.
Between I & Thou
Through December • Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art
Get a taste of the world’s varied cultures, societies, religions, and locales through this exhibition composed of artists hailing from across the globe. Focusing on the themes of storytelling and diversity, the HVCCA’s sizeable show features more than two dozen international artists. These include Faith Ringgold, a renowned African American creator known for her colorful quilts and life-size sculptures, as well as painter Judith Zabar and textile artist Aminah Robinson.