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  Each region of the country has its own distinctive history and culture that set it apart from others. The Capital Region of New York—consisting of Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, and Saratoga Counties— is no different.

Last month, The Albany Institute of History and Art opened an exhibition celebrating the heritage of this area. The Capital Region in 50 Objects will be on view through April 3rd.

The exhibition was planned in partnership with the Times Union and was made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts. Additional funding was provided by the New York Council for the Humanities and the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.

The Albany Institute of History and Art is just down the road from our studio in Albany. I went there to talk about the exhibition with Chief Curator Doug McCombs and Curator Diane Shewchuk.

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  The Springfield Museums, located in the heart of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, is comprised of five world-class museums; the Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, the Springfield Science Museum, and the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History.

The Museums Association is proud to be home to the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, a series of full–scale bronze sculptures of Dr. Seuss's whimsical creations, honoring the birthplace of Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss.

Heather Haskell - Director of the Springfield Art Museums and Collections joins us this morning to discuss highlights from two of those those museums – The George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum and D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

  The exhibit - Monet to Matisse at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica features more than 60 paintings and pastel drawings from the renowned collection of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis, Tennessee.

The exhibition includes landscapes, portraits, interiors, and still-lifes by leaders of French Impressionism. Monet to Matisse is an expansive view of nineteenth-century French painting and its influences. It is a story of artistic freedom and the shift from stilted academic historicism to near abstraction.

The exhibit runs through November 29th. Anna D'Ambrosio, Director of the MWPAI Museum of Art joins us.

  Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1 (Portrait of the Artist's Mother) by James McNeill Whistler is one of the most renowned works of art by an American artist. It is considered by many to be the most important American painting not on American soil.

Better known as Whistler’s Mother, the painting has been owned by the French state since 1891 and is in the collection of the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, presents the painting as the centerpiece of an exhibition on view at the Lunder Center at Stone Hill through September 27th.

Jay Clark, The Clark’s Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs takes us on a tour of the exhibition.

  This week, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College announced a new upcoming exhibition entitled Dismantling The House, which opens Friday, August 21, and runs through October 18.

Ian Berry is the Director of The Tang and joins us now to tell us more about that and to fill us in on all other things Tang – including their UpBeat on the Roof summer concert series.

  Yesterday marked the 125th anniversary of the death of artist Vincent van Gogh.

For van Gogh, nature was the defining subject of his art. Over the course of his short but intense working life, Van Gogh studied and depicted nature in all its forms and there is a fantastic and extensive exhibition of this work at The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown Massachusetts through September 13th.

The exhibition is curated by Richard Kendall - our guide on this audio tour.

  Charles Burchifeld is best known today for his fantastic watercolor landscapes, but from November 1921 to August 1929, he worked at the M. H. Birge & Sons Company, eventually becoming one of their best wallpaper designers.

His designs were so highly regarded that they printed his name in the selvage. He based many of his early designs on watercolors he had produced in Salem, Ohio. Later designs were either company determined variations on traditional themes, or imaginative designs based on his special view of nature.

The new exhibit - Surrounded: Sampling Burchfield's Wallpaper – at The Arkell Museum at Canajoharie highlights works from the collection including color variations of wallpapers produced with rollers, original painted designs for wallpapers and coordinating fabrics.

We welcome Museum Director Diane Forsberg and Steve Larson co-owner of Adelphi Paper Hangings who will talk about the tour of his company scheduled for July 25th.

  Two iconic American artists, Andy Warhol and Winslow Homer, are featured in major exhibitions at The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY this summer.

The Late Drawings of Andy Warhol: 1973-1987 features 50 drawings, some of which are on view to the public for the very first time. This exhibition has been organized by The Andy Warhol Museum, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.

Homer’s America: Selections from the Permanent Collection presents approximately two dozen works, including engravings, etchings and paintings that chronicle American life.

Both exhibits opened on June 21 and will be on view into September. Our friend Erin Coe is the Director of The Hyde and she joins us now.

Courtesy Norman Rockwell Museum

  Roz Chast has loved to draw cartoons since she was a child growing up in Brooklyn and began selling cartoons to The New Yorker as soon as she submitted them in 1978. Her cartoons have also been published in many other magazines, she has illustrated several books and won many awards for her work.

In her first memoir, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Chast brought her signature wit to the topic of aging parents.

The memoir and her other work is currently featured in an exhibition at The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA.

 

   The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College will hold their annual Frances Day, a community open house from noon to 5 - Saturday, July 11th - full of art, art-making, food, music, and fun in honor of the museum's namesake.

Frances Young Tang was a wife, mother, and 1961 Skidmore College graduate who died in 1992. In her memory, the Tang family made a substantial donation that led to the Tang Teaching Museum becoming a reality. The museum opened in 2000. Frances Day honors Frances Young Tang's legacy of creativity and philanthropy with a day of free activities for art-lovers of all ages.

To tell us more about Frances Day, we welcome - Ian Berry, Dayton Director of the Tang Teaching Museum; Ginger Ertz, Museum Educator for K-12 and Community Programs; and the Museum Educator for College and Public Programs, Megan Hyde.

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