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Local Sculptor Bringing ‘Terrible Beauty’ To Public

RICHARD FRIEDBERG WORKS DEBUT

Local Sculptor Bringing

‘Terrible Beauty’ To Public

Richard Friedberg, well known in Oneonta artistic circles, discusses “Big Wave,” one of nine sculptures based on natural disasters that go on display Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute in Utica. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

UTICA – “Terrible Beauty,” an exhibit of monumental sculptures by an Oneonta-area artist, Richard Friedberg, will open Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art in Utica.

Developing a novel aluminum mesh as his raw material, Friedberg’s nine sculptures in the show are based on such catastrophes as BP’s Deepwater Horizon wellhead blowout in the Gulf of Mexico and the Fukushima nuclear accident and resulting tsunami.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28

Tour Christmas Exhibit

Inspired By ‘Little Women’

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HOLIDAY TOUR – 2 p.m. Tour holiday exhibit ‘A Little Women Christmas,’ celebrate a Victorian Yuletide. Free, open to public. Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, 310 Genesee St., Utica. 315-797-0000 or visit www.mwpai.org/view/exhibitions/current/victorian-yuletide/674/guided-tours-victorian-yuletide-a-little-women-christmas

McCurry Communicates Calm, Universal Joy
PHOTOGRAPHY REVIEW

McCurry Communicates

Calm, Universal Joy

Ian Austin examines "Mahout Reads with his Elephant," shot by Frank McCurry in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in 2010. (Libby Cudmore/AllOTSEGO.com)
Ian Austin examines “Mahout Reads with his Elephant,” shot by Frank McCurry in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in 2010. (Libby Cudmore/AllOTSEGO.com)

PHOTO EXHIBIT: “Reflections on The World Through His Lens: Steve McCurry Photographs,” Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute, Utica, through Dec. 31.

By IAN AUSTIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

"Sharbat Gula," McCurry's most icon portrait looks back at Austin, eye to eye.
“Sharbat Gula,” McCurry’s most icon portrait looks back at Austin, eye to eye.

UTICA – Even if his name doesn’t ring a bell, it is unlikely you have not seen McCurry’s work. Many of the 60 works, spanning three decades of work over six continents, will be easily recognized. Entering the exhibit you are met by the penetrating gaze of his most famous photo,  of Sharbat Gula, or, as the world first knew her, “Afghan Girl”.

After she appeared on the June 1985 cover of National Geographic, her photo became as iconic and recognizable as the Mona Lisa. It is considered the most famous portrait in the world, and with good reason. Standing before this piece, you feel like it is not only looking at you, it is looking into you.

Her eyes fixed in an expression that seems to change from fearful, to predatory, to vulnerable and beyond. The color of the eyes mirror the green of her shirt and the wall behind her is contrasted by her red shawl. It is a perfect photograph. It captures the moment that two cultures, alien and strange to each other, are locked in observing the other for the first time. And, like all great art, it makes us reflect and question ourselves and our place in the world.

Hartwick’s Terry Slade’s Work Dominates At MWP Museum

Hartwick’s Terry Slade’s Work

Dominates At MWP Museum

Terry Slade, lower right, leads a Gallery Talk last Friday through his exhibition, "Dreams and Apparitions," at Utica's Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute Through Oct. 2. The massive "Mantra for Survival of the Earth"
Terry Slade, lower right, leads a Gallery Talk last Friday through his exhibition, “Dreams and Apparitions,” at Utica’s Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute Through Oct. 2. The massive “Mantra for Survival of the Earth” in the Edward W. Root Sculpture Court greets all visitors to the museum.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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