Danny Goodwin, 3-D Cardboard Box Prototype, 2015 Archival pigment print, 32 x 44 in. ©Danny Goodwin

GLENS FALLS, NY — The Hyde Collection is proud to present the 80th annual Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region exhibition, which opens Sunday, October 30. When Michael Oatman was invited by Erin Coe, Director of The Hyde, to curate MHR, he knew the show would have to be spectacular. To celebrate the exhibition’s 80th year, Oatman created an art experience that includes 126 works from 106 artists and stretches the boundaries of the regional art show.

MHR features works of art throughout The Hyde’s campus — on the lawn, in the Charles R. Wood, Rotunda and Whitney-Renz galleries, and in the historic Hyde House. “I thought we could do something different by trying to take the emphasis off regionalism and think more about situating our artists in a broader historical framework,” said Oatman, who is an artist, professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and juror and curator of this year’s MHR.

The result is a sprawling exhibition that features video, collage, mixed media, photography, oil, gauche, sculpture, watercolor, and intervention works. Each work is organized into a conceptual category, themes Oatman saw develop as he juried 520 submissions from 274 artists. Each relates to the history of display: site, vault, salon, cube, mirror/grid, and landview.

Michael Oatman

Michael Oatman

“I wanted to create dialogue between works, between artists. The objective, of course, was to pick great work because there are a surplus of great artists in the region, but I also made a claim for work I think is in deep dialogue with history,” Oatman said. By pairing drawings in a cluster in the “salon” section, for instance, Oatman hopes to start discussions about the artwork, and about the political implications and historical value of their display. “The show is like Russian nesting dolls,” he said.

Oatman is known for large-scale collages and installations integrating found, modified, and handmade components, including artifacts of material culture, painting, drawing, and video. His work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Fine Art from the University at Albany. He has taught at RISD, Harvard University, and the University at Albany, among others, and has served as artist-in-residence at RISD and other institutions. Oatman has spoken at numerous prestigious universities and served on boards for numerous arts organizations. He was named Best Artist of the past 30 Years in the Capital Region and several times was honored as Best Artist of the Capital Region by Metroland newspaper, and was named one of the Top Three Artists in the Capital Region by the Times Union. He has received numerous awards for his art, including Juror’s and Purchase awards at past MHR exhibitions, and grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Brown Fellows Award from the School of Architecture at RPI. He has served as juror and curator for exhibitions through the Northeast, and has been published in several publications.
“Referring to Michael as the juror seems like a misnomer,” said Erin Coe, Director of The Hyde Collection. “I invited him because I wanted to re-imagine this long-running regional exhibition.”

Coe and Oatman developed a theme for the exhibition centered on the idea of an M-80, a symbol of an explosion, to burst the show in new directions. “I knew Michael could take a show that is already well-known and respected, and redefine it,” Coe said.

In its eight-decade run, MHR has shined a light on the brightest talents living within 100 miles of Albany. It is hosted alternately by The Hyde, Albany Institute of History and Art, and the University Art Museum at the University at Albany. This year’s exhibition is an appropriate lead-in to The Hyde’s transformation, as the Museum expands its focus to include Modern and Contemporary art. With the donation of the Feibes & Schmitt Gift, the Museum now offers an extensive collection of some of the world’s best-known Post-war artists, as well as its world-class collection of American and European art.

Artists in the exhibition
The 2016 Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region show features the works of Darcie Abbatiello; Fern Apfel; Robin Arnold; Cyndy Barbone; Sharon Bates; Debra Bilow Span;Joan Dix Blair; Jane Bloodgood-Abrams; Pennie Anne Brantley; Regis Brodie; Scott Brodie; Jill Burks; Laura Cannamela; Laura Christensen; Brian Cirmo; John Cooley; Ryder Cooley; Janet Cooper; Peter Crabtree; Matt Crane; Douglas Culhane; Katie DeGroot; Tasha Depp; Andrew Dines; Jean Egger; Ray Felix; Abraham Ferraro; Sid Fleisher; Katria Foster; Scott Nelson Foster; Scott Frost; Kyra Garrigue; Richard Garrison; Barry Gerson; Danny Goodwin; Mimi Czajka Graminski; Kathy Greenwood; Bart Gulley; Robert Gullie; John Hampshire; Daesha Harris; Niki Haynes; Andrea Hersh Hung; Brece Honeycutt; Stephen Honicki; Jessica Houston; Jody Isaacson; William Jaeger; Richard Kathmann; Patricia Kay; Pooh Kaye; Matt LaFleur; Erik Leeuwe; Channing Lefebvre; Iain Machell; Dana Matthews; Mark McCarty; Daniel McCormack; Susan Meyer Barbra; Paul Miyamoto; Moosechat Arts; Art Murphy; Stephen Niccolls; Dorothea Osborn; Victoria Palermo; Philip J. Palmieri; Elizabeth Panzer; Leslie Parke; Derek Parker; Liz Parsons; Katherine Patterson; James Paulsen; Sara Pearsall; Donald Powley; Frank Rapant; Steve Rein; Jamie Rodriguez; Anne Roecklein; Paul Rothenstein; John Ruff; Ben Schwab; Max Seiler; Russell Serrianne; Rebecca Soderholm; Rosary Solimanto; Jeff Starr; Charles Steckler; Sean Stewart; Susan Stuart; Barbara Todd; Linda Van Alstyne; James Van Duyne; Jason Van Staveren; Gyula Varosy; K. Velis Turan; Laura Von Rosk; MaryPat Wager; Pamela J. Wallace; Hazle Weatherfield; Carolyn Webb; Wendy Williams; Dennis Wilson; Terry Wise; Gerald Wolfe; and Deborah Zlotsky.

Also at The Hyde
The Hyde Collection is proud to offer Transforming The Hyde: The Feibes & Schmitt Gift in its Hoopes Gallery. The exhibition features a selection of Modern art from the gift of Werner Feibes and the late James Schmitt. The gift represents a remarkable group of paintings, drawings, prints, mixed media, and sculpture by many of the world’s leading modern artists, including Josef Albers, Sol LeWitt, Grace Hartigan, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Motherwell, Bridget Riley, and David Smith, among others.

What is The Hyde?
The Hyde Collection is one of the Northeast’s exceptional small art museums with distinguished collections of European and American art, and Modern and Contemporary art. Its permanent collection of nearly 4,000 works spans centuries and consists of paintings, drawings, graphics, sculpture, furniture, and decorative arts. The core collection, acquired by Museum founders Louis and Charlotte Hyde, includes works by such artists as Sandro Botticelli, El Greco, Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens, Edgar Degas, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and American artists Thomas Eakins, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, and James McNeill Whistler. The Museum’s collection of Modern and Contemporary art features works by artists including Josef Albers, Dorothy Dehner, Sam Gilliam, Adolph Gottlieb, Grace Hartigan, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, George McNeil, Robert Motherwell, Ben Nicholson, Robert Rauschenberg, and Bridget Riley. The Hyde Collection presents changing exhibitions in its three galleries, as well as lectures, cultural events, family activities, and school programming in its modern museum complex and historic house at 161 Warren St., Glens Falls.
For more information, please visit www.hydecollection.org or call 518-792-1761.