Boy Elvis - Graceland photograph by Marla Sweeney at NYSM
Here's a quick heads-up for photography fans: There are a number of important photo shows going on in the immediate Capital Region that I haven't yet had a chance to mention. One has an event today (Thursday, Feb. 11), another opens tomorrow, and a third will run just 10 more days, so you gotta hurry if you want to see it.
In order of imminence:
- Martin Benjamin's retrospective solo show titled Atomic Age at the Yates Gallery of Siena College in Loudonville has a reception today, preceded by a slide talk. Benjamin will speak in the Standish Library's lower level lecture hall L26 from 4 to 4:30 p.m.; a reception for the show will follow in the gallery upstairs, along with a signing for Benjamin's new book titled Atomic Age, and will go till 6. The show opened on Jan. 28 and will remain on view through Mar. 12 during library hours (which are pretty extensive).
- Opening tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 12) without fanfare will be the latest installment in the Bank of America Great Art Series at the New York State Museum. Seeing Ourselves: Masterpieces of American Photography from the George Eastman House Collection is a very personalized selection of images, by those both famous and not, drawn from an archive so huge there are even two of MY pictures in it (no, they're not in the show - but they might have been). A not-so-famous example is shown above; some of the better known names in the show include Ansel Adams, Lewis Hine, and Dorothea Lange. The show will run through May 9.
- A solo retrospective by Dan McCormack titled Varied Projects opened on Jan. 8 at the Photography Center of the Capital District in Troy and covers more than two decades of work too diverse and original to be categorized. It runs through Feb. 21. A complete review of this show will be posted here by the start of the weekend - so please check back. Meanwhile, take note that the PhotoCenter's hours are a bit quirky: 5–9 p.m. Monday,Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday; and noon–6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.