2011-2012 Season

2011-2012 Season

(subject to change)

Gallery Hours:

May 2 through July 22, 2011: M-F 10-4

Closed May 30 & July 2-4

August 29, 2011 through May 4, 2012: M-F 10-8, Sundays Noon-4

Closed September 4-5 & November 23-27

Open by appointment October 9-11

Closed December 12, 2011 through January 16, 2012 &

March 3-11, 2012

Most exhibition receptions are scheduled as part of
Albany First Friday


Harold Lohner: Gathering Harold lohner

August 29 – October 16,  2011, Opening Reception Friday, September 2, 5-9pm,

MoHu Festival logo MoHu reception Friday, October 14, 5-9pm

Gathering is an exhibition of recent works, most of which were produced in the last 3 years and have not been previously shown. Monoprints have been Harold Lohner’s primary medium since he developed his technique during a residency in 1991 at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY. Lohner’s monoprints combine bold color, pattern, and texture with gestural drawing. His portraits and other figurative works are often inspired by found images, gathered and sorted with an eye toward expressive and meaningful form.

Harold Lohner has been a significant aspect of the cultural life of the Capital Region since his artwork first appeared in The Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region exhibition in 1978. His works have been subsequently featured or included in over 80 exhibitions, receiving a dozen honors and awards.  Lohner is a native of the region and earned BA, MA, and MFA degrees from the University at Albany.  In 1982 he accepted a faculty position at Russell Sage College and was Gallery Director there from 1985-1997. In 2002, Lohner transferred to Sage College of Albany.  He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and was named Professor of the Year in 2006. He currently teaches printmaking, artists’ books, and the freshman Visualization course. He is Coordinator of the Fine Arts program and is the faculty advisor for the Little Gallery. He exhibits his monoprints nationally and online at http://www.haroldlohner.com. He has had residencies at the Contemporary Artists Center in North Adams, MA; Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY; and most recently at Kala Art Center in Berkeley, CA. Lohner is a rare individual who has made significant contributions as an artist, mentor, and gallerist.

Gathering is curated by Jim Richard Wilson and Fabienne Waring. The exhibit is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue including essay by Melody Davis, PhD.

Harold Lohner interviewed by Joseph Dalton

Get Visual by David Brickman

Exhibit post card

Exhibition catalogue

Harold Lohner : Monoprint Process Watch Video »

Simone Weil 

New Narratives Film Series: An Encounter with Simone Weil

followed by discussion with director Julia Haslett. 

Sunday, October 16, 4:pm, $5 admission, free with valid Sage I.D.

In collaboration with the Center for Documentary Arts at The Sage Colleges

An Encounter with Simone Weil tells the story of French philosopher, activist, and mystic, Simone Weil (1909-1943) who spent most of her too-short life advocating for the rights of the socially and politically disadvantaged. On her quest to understand Simone Weil, filmmaker Julia Haslett confronts profound questions of moral responsibility both within her own family and the broader context of 21st century America. Using Weil’s writings and teachings as a framework for her own experience, Haslett creates a moving portrait of an extraordinary young woman whose decision to act on her convictions proved that the quest to live a principled life is a journey we should all consider taking.

Following the screening, director Julia Haslett will be present to discuss the making of the film.

Film Trailer


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Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan.

Saturday & Sunday, October 22 & 23, 1-6pm

A provocative art exhibit on the human cost of war.

These “windows” on a war-torn country are also “mirrors” reflecting back our own identity as a nation at war.

Presented by Women Against War. Created and toured by the American Friends Service Committee

Sand Queen

Author Helen Benedict to read from Sand Queen

Sunday, October 23, 4pm

Author and journalist Helen Benedict will read from her her new novel about women soldiers in Iraq, Sand Queen, on Sunday, October 23 at 4 p.m. at the Opalka Gallery on the Sage College of Albany campus. The reading, hosted by The Sage Colleges in collaboration with the Creative Arts Therapy Program, the Center for Documentary Arts, and Women Against War, is held in conjunction with the exhibit Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan. The reading is free and opened to the public.

Benedict will conduct a seminar on women in war the following day, October 24, at 11 a.m. in Bush Memorial, on the Russell Sage College campus in Troy. The seminar is also opened to the public. 

More info at Center for Documentary Art.


Mark McCarty: Skin

Kate in the Bath, 1996
  Kate in Bath, 1996

 October 30 – December 11, 2011, Reception, Friday, November 4, 5-9pm

The work in this show is exclusively black & white photographs. The 35 works presented span 26 years making evident Mark McCarty’s exploration and representation of humanity as revealed through the intense gaze of a master photographer. In his essay for the catalogue, Lyle Rexer writes: “…he (McCarty) offers many views of what it means to have a body.” Rexer further observes: “Time is McCarty’s ultimate subject. The body lives it but cannot know it. These luminous photographs embrace it as our great shared mystery.”

A highly successful freelance commercial photographer, Mark McCarty is also recognized for his personal work, some of which is held in permanent collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Immigration Museum in Ellis Island, International Center for Photography in New York City and The Albany Institute of History and Art in Albany.

The works in this exhibit were selected by Jim Richard Wilson, Director of the Opalka Gallery, and Fabienne Waring, Assistant to the Director and Exhibition Coordinator. This exhibit is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with essays by Phyllis Galembo and Lyle Rexer.

Selected photos from Skin

Phyllis Galembo and Lyle Rexer essays

Exhibition post card

More Than Skin Deep by Elyse Beaudoin in Metroland

Get Visual review by David Brickman

Times Union interview by Amy Griffin

New Narrative Film Series

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Sunday, November 20, 4:pm, $5 admission, free with valid Sage I.D.

In collaboration with the Center for Documentary Art at The Sage Colleges

A film by Roko Belic, Happy is a transforming spiritual journey. Following the screening, positive psychology educator Mary Judd will lead discussion with Center for Documentary Arts Director Timothy Cahill.

The film introduces the viewer to extraordinary individuals who, regardless of circumstances, live lives of joy and fulfillment. Among the film’s highlights are its profiles of a rickshaw driver in the slums of Kolkata and an American socialite whose life improved after she was disfigured in an accident.

Belic also interviews numerous well-known experts, including Dr. Ed Diener, who has conducted research in the field of positive psychology for 35 years, neuroscientist Richard Davidson, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of the ground-breaking book Flow. The film explores the importance of connectedness, generosity, novelty, play, and engagement in the experience of happiness.

Writer and educator Mary Judd will lead a discussion about the film immediately following the screening. Judd writes extensively about the field of  happiness research and has studied with many of the leading experts, including the “Father of Positive Psychology”(and Albany native), Martin Seligman. She is currently programming a Happiness Retreat for Discovery Retreats to be held in summer 2012 featuring Roko Belic and several of the leading Positive Psychology researchers.

The New Narrative Film Series is a series of documentaries that tell stories of hope, dignity, compassion, and reflection, and transform our perception of our individual lives and collective experience. Each screening is accompanied by the filmmaker or other artist who will share thoughts about the film’s making and meaning with audience members. Presented by the Center for Documentary Arts at The Sage Colleges in collaboration with the Opalka Gallery.

Movie trailer and additional information

Tranquil Power: The Art of Perle Fine

Unequivocably Blue, 1967
  Unequivocably Blue
, 1967, acrylic on plywood, mounted to Masonite,
  Copyright © Perle Fine, courtesy of Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art,
  Cornell University.

January 17 – February 26, 2012, Reception, Friday, February 3, 5-9pm

Curated by Susan W. Knowles

Organized by the Hofstra University Museum and Perle Fine Retrospective, Inc.

Abstract expressionist painter Perle Fine remained faithful, throughout a long and prolific career, to her own tenets of the movement. Active in the modern art scene from the 1930’s until the year of her passing in 1988, Fine's creativity explored and reworked several abstract styles and ideas, but always emphasized her ability to produce a certain harmony on canvas. Her work accentuated the beauty of rhythmic variations and the subtle nuances of color, line, shape and space.

Perle Fine was born in Boston, MA, in 1908. Her interest in art started at early age. In her early twenties she moved to New York City to study at the Art Students League. In the late 1930s she began to study with Hans Hofmann in New York City as well as in Provincetown, MA. In the early 1940s she joined the American Abstract Artists. In 1950 she was nominated by Willem de Kooning and then admitted to the 8th Street “Artists’ Club”, located at 39 East 8th Street.

Perle Fine was chosen by her fellow artists to show in the Ninth Street Show held on May 21-June 10, 1951. Perle Fine participated from 1951 to 1957 in the invitational New York Painting and Sculpture Annuals. She was among the 24 out of a total 256 New York School artists who was included in all the Annuals. These Annuals were important because the participants were chosen by the artists themselves.

In the 1950s Fine moved to the Springs, section of East Hampton on the eastern end of Long Island where Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner. Willem de Kooning, Conrad Marca-Relli and other members of the New York School found permanent residence. Perle Fine died of pneumonia on May 31, 1988, at the age of 83 in East Hampton, New York.

Tranquil Power: The Art of Perle Fine contains paintings, prints, drawings, and wood assemblages dating from the 1930s to the 1970s.  A selection of historical photographs of the period, depicting Fine and others in her various artistic circles, which were taken by professional photographer Maurice Berezov (her husband) are also shown.  Coinciding with the exhibition tour is the publication of the first monograph on Fine, with scholarly text by Kathleen Housley, Trinity College, New Haven (Midmarch Arts Press, 2005) The exhibition coordination is by Independent Curator, Susan W. Knowles.

Tranquil Power: The Art of Perle Fine was organized by Perle Fine Retrospective, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee, and the Hofstra University Museum, Hempstead, New York, with assistance by Susan W. Knowles, Curator.  The Exhibition has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts, the Judith Rothschild Foundation, the Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust, and the Kanter Family Foundation.

Installation views

Exhibition post card (pdf)

Gallery Guide for exhibit (pdf)

Times Union review (pdf)

Special Presentation:

Much Ado poster

Much Ado about Much Ado: Exploring Shakespeare's Play and its Characters:   

Friday, February 3, 7pm

A lecture and discussion titled "Much Ado about Much Ado: Exploring Shakespeare's Play and its Characters" by Dr. David Salomon, associate professor of English, joined by director David Baecker and members of the Much Ado About Nothing cast.



34th Annual Photography Regional Exhibition

Curated by Danny Goodwin

Map Reading Near Baggy Point (detail) 

March 12 – April 22, 2012,

Reception: Friday, April 6, 5-9pm

Exhibiting Artists: Justin Baker , Tim Davis, Barbara Ess, Tara Fracalossi, Kyra Garrigue, William Jaeger,  Nicholas Kahn, Carlos Loret de Mola, Margaret Saliske, Richard Selesnick,  Georgia Wohnsen,  Allen Yates

Panel Presentation: Sunday, April 15, 5:00pm

Panelists: William Jaeger, Nicholas Kahn, Melissa Stafford, Danny Goodwin, moderator

Curator's statement: "One of my paramount concerns in this exhibition is the shifting and contingent nature of the contemporary definitions of both title terms:  photography and regional. Photography is a science, an art form, a cultural and historical phenomenon, a philosophical trajectory and, at the fringes of conservative practice, suspiciously like a religion.  Photography has always been a technological medium and, therefore, has always assumed the burden of constant, accelerated, often radical transformation as it goes along.  Modes of production, distribution and consumption have become far less hierarchical and predictable and this can’t but have a huge impact on every artist’s studio practice.

It is no longer enough to have and use a camera and a computer, because that is what everyone—and I mean everyone—does.  I suspect it may still take an artist to tease out something meaningful and interesting. As artists, our practice has been radically altered by technology precisely because it exists in a radically altered landscape. 

My self-assigned project with this exhibition is to launch an interrogation of the medium’s various mutations through the work of a select few practitioners who happen to live or work within 80 miles of the gallery.  You may be surprised at the “straightness” of some of the work in the show, but I ask you to reflect on the relevance, for example, of work being done with a 4”x5” view camera on film now vs. thirty years ago.  You may also be confused by the presence of media that we don’t all agree even counts as photography.  At least I hope so.  I appreciate this opportunity to showcase what I feel is important regional work and I look forward to the conversations and ruminations elicited."

Danny Goodwin is Associate Professor of Digital Media and Photography and Art Department Chair at the University at Albany, who makes work that utilizes photography, video, digital media and sculptural installation, and deals chiefly with issues of surveillance, secrecy and deception. His work has been seen in solo exhibitions at Jack the Pelican Presents in Brooklyn, Art Resources Transfer in NYC, Penn State University, and in group exhibitions at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Artists Space, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Momenta Art, Cooper Union School of Art, The California Museum of Photography and Proposition Gallery in Belfast, Ireland. Danny Goodwin is a 2005 Artists' Fellowship recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). He received an M.F.A. in Combined Media from Hunter College in 1992 and a B.F.A. in Photography from the School of Art at the University of North Texas in 1989.

Post Card (pdf)

Installation photos

About the Artists (pdf)

Karen Bjornland review in Daily Gazette

Tim Kane review in Times Union

2012 Northeast LGBT Conference

 March 30 - April 1, 2012


NE LGBT Conference

Dona Ann McAdams, Money for AIDS not for War. One AIDS Death Every 8 minutes: ACT UP's Day of Desperation, Grand Central Station, Evening Rush Hour, January 23, 1991

Dona Ann McAdams, ACT UP’s Day of Desperation, Grand Central Station. Evening rush hour. January 23  1991

Out of the Box: Historic Photographs from the LGBT Movement by Dona Ann McAdams 

Russell Sage College Gallery, Troy, NY 

March 30 – April 17, 2012

Troy Night Out Reception:  Friday, March 30, 5-8pm

Artist guided tours:  Saturday, March 31, at 11:15am and 5:00pm

EXHIBITION HOURS:  Monday-Friday 9-5, Saturday & Sunday Noon-4

The Northeast LGBT Conference, the Visual and Performing Arts Department of Russell Sage College and the Opalka Gallery of The Sage Colleges presents “Out of the Box,” a selection of Dona Ann McAdams’ historic photographs from the LGBT movement. The work spans over four decades, from 1970s San Francisco to New York City to the present.

As a young photographer, Dona Ann McAdams bought one of her first rolls of film from the man who owned Castro Camera: Harvey Milk. Ever since that first encounter in what would become Milk’s campaign headquarters, the award-winning photographer has fiercely explored the nexus of photography, politics, and gay and human rights.

McAdams’ photography has been exhibited nationally and internationally at, among other places, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the International Center for Photography, and the Bibliotheque Nationale. Her monograph, Caught in the Act, was published by Aperture, and her many awards include a Bessie Award, an Obie Award, and the Dorothea Lange Paul Taylor Prize from Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies.

McAdams will be present at the reception for the exhibition during Troy Night Out, Friday, March 30, from 5-8pm. She will conduct tours of the exhibit on Saturday, March 31 at 11:15 a.m. & 5 p.m.

Out of the Box flyer (pdf)

Out of the Box brochure (pdf)

Selected photographs from "Out of the Box"

Voices in Wartime poster 

New Narratives Film Series: Voices in Wartime

Sunday, April 22, 4:pm

The ancient convergence of poetry and war is the subject of the powerful documentary Voices in Wartime, to be screened for one performance only at 4 p.m., April 22, at the Opalka Gallery, Sage College of Albany. Following the film, Dr. Edward Tick of Soldier’s Heart will lead a discussion about poetry as witness and healing force to the legacy of warfare. The event is sponsored by the Center for Documentary Arts at The Sage Colleges and the Opalka Gallery. It is opened to the public.

Voices in Wartime is a feature-length documentary by Seattle filmmaker and author Andrew Himes. The film etches the experience of war through the images and words of poets both world-famous and unknown. Soldiers, journalists, historians, and battle experts interviewed in Voices in Wartime add diverse perspectives on war’s effects on combatants and civilians alike. The film includes poets from many countries, from the U.S. and Great Britain to Colombia, Nigeria, Iraq and India.

$5 admission, free with valid Sage I.D. Parking on campus is free.

More information and film trailer

In collaboration with the Center for Documentary Arts at The Sage Colleges


8th Annual Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition 

BFA 2012 card 

May 4 – July 20, 2012,

Reception Friday, May 4, 5-9pm

Hours for this exhibit: Monday-Friday 10-4
Commencement weekend, May 12 & 13, 12-4
Closed May 29 and July 2-4



Sage Summer Art exhibition

August 3, 2012




Gallery Hours:

August 29, 2011 through May 4, 2012, M-F 10-8, Sundays Noon-4

Closed September 4-5 and November 23-27

Open by appointment October 10-12

Closed December 12, 2011 through January 16, 2012 & March 3-11, 2012

May-July hours: M-F 10-4.

Closed May 29 & July 2-4, 2012