For Current and Upcoming Exhibitions at The Dorsky Museum, visit The Dorsky’s website at www.newpaltz.edu/museum.


Mary Reid Kelley: Working Objects and Videos

Curated by Daniel Belasco

January 22 – April 13, 2014
Alice and Horace Chandler and North Galleries

Opening reception: Saturday, February 8, 5–7 pm

Mary Reid Kelley with Patrick Kelley, Still from Priapus Agonistes, 2013, HD video, sound, 15 min. 9 sec., Courtesy of Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, New York, Susanne Vielmetter L.A. Projects, and Pilar Corrias Gallery, London

Mary Reid Kelley's visually rich and intellectually stimulating video art converses with history. Fusing techniques of live performance and animation, Reid Kelley creates poignant characters who declaim in droll verse, blending Homer and Cindy Sherman. Mary Reid Kelley: Working Objects and Videos will be the first museum exhibition devoted to the finely crafted and researched costumes, objects, and drawings that Mary Reid Kelley creates for her videos, in collaboration with Patrick Kelley. These working objects reveal Reid Kelley as a master of the contemporary impulse to work across and synthesize art media.


1980s Style: Image and Design in The Dorsky Museum Collection

Curated by Daniel Belasco

February 5 — July 13, 2014
Sara Bedrick Gallery

Opening reception: Saturday, February 8, 5–7 pm

Barbara Kasten, Construct A + A, 1984, Polaroid print, 24 x 20 in., Gift of Monique Goldstrom, 2001.086.002

The 1980s had a look all its own. 1980s Style includes prints, photographs, and jewelry from the collection of The Dorsky Museum that exemplify the stark geometries and vibrant colors of the decade. The exhibition asks to what extent are bold shapes, bright colors, asymmetry, and cartoonish figuration the visual and formal manifestations of emotional turmoil and artistic activism? Featuring work by Tina Barney, Richard Bosman, Frank Gillette, Lisa Gralnick, Barbara Kasten, George McNeil, Judy Pfaff, Andy Warhol, and others.


Along His Own Lines: A Retrospective of New York Realist Eugene Speicher

Curated by Valerie Ann Leeds

February 5, 2014 — July 13, 2014
Morgan Anderson, Howard Greenberg Family, and Corridor Galleries

The exhibition catalogue is available online here.

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Eugene Speicher, Girl in a Coral Necklace, c. 1935, oil on canvas, 24 x 20 in., Private collection

New York painter Eugene Speicher (1883-1962) was one of the foremost American realists of his generation, closely associated with George Bellows, Robert Henri, Leon Kroll, and Rockwell Kent. Born in Buffalo, NY, Speicher first garnered national recognition in the 1910s for his incisive portraits of actors, artists, and friends, which were collected by many prominent American museums. Splitting his professional time between New York City and Woodstock, NY, Speicher expanded his repertoire to include still life, nudes, and landscape. Along His Own Lines is the first Speicher museum survey since 1963. The exhibition and its accompanying catalogue explore Speicher's role in the Woodstock art colony and the New York art world and reevaluate his place in the canon of early twentieth-century American art.