The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY-New Paltz announces the simultaneous opening of two exciting new exhibits. Curated by Karen Quinn, senior historian and curator at the New York State Museum, “Tonalism: Pathway from the Hudson River School to Modern Art” considers a late-19th-century movement in painting with ties to the mid-Hudson region and its immediate influence on developments in Modernism. The exhibition builds on the work of well-known trailblazers such as James McNeil Whistler and George Inness, while also shedding light on the contributions of lesser-known masters with ties to New York. Featured artists include Frederick Kost of Long Island, Birge Harrison of Woodstock, Alexander Wyant of Arkville and Keene Valley and Walter Launt Palmer of Albany. “Tonalism” is on exhibit from August 28 through December 8, with an opening reception on Saturday, September 7 from 5 to 7 p.m.
On display for the same span is “Paper Media: Boetti, Calzolari, Kounellis,” the first-ever exhibition in the US to focus on works-on-paper by artists related to the Italian art movement, Arte Povera. Curated by Francesco Guzzetti, the inaugural and former scholar-in-residence at Magazzino Italian Art Foundation in Cold Spring, “Paper Media” features work by three masters: Alighiero Boetti, Pier Paolo Calzolari and Jannis Kounellis. The opening reception also falls on Saturday, September 7 from 5 to 7 p.m.
“Tonalism” and “Paper Media,” opening reception on Saturday, September 7, 5 to 7 p.m., free/donation, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY-New Paltz, (845) 257-3844, www.newpaltz.edu/museum