The Dorsky Sets Up for Spring

The New Paltz Cheerleading squad with Tim Davis, a part of “The Upstate New York Olympics.”
The New Paltz Cheerleading squad with Tim Davis, a part of “The Upstate New York Olympics.”

The Dorsky will be hosting a comedy event and featuring two new exhibitions at the end of March and beginning of April.

On April 5 at 5 p.m., the “Fancy Meeting You Here” comedy troupe will be leading a tour of The Dorsky exhibit, “The Illustrious Mr. X.”

“Fancy Meeting You Here” is a New York based group of art lovers who give comedic museum tours in their spare time and just finished doing so at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. They have also performed at museums in Berlin, London and Amsterdam.

“People tend to be intimidated by museums, make fun of museums, same thing with art,” Dorsky Curator Brian Wallace said. “It makes people feel comfortable by making fun of everything.”

The event is free and is “not just for art students, but for anyone who has ever laughed at an artwork.”

On March 30, the Dorsky will open an award-winning new exhibit called “The Upstate New York Olympics” by photographer and poet Tim Davis.

The exhibit is a series of videos of Davis performing various goofy actions in different upstate locations, such as doing 30 lawn jockey leap frogs and jumping into a forsythia bush. The idea stemmed from Davis’ interest in performance art and his mixed views on the Olympics, loving them, but also finding them “bland” and “too much about national glory.”

The exhibit will also include a selection of trophies which Davis created, depicting him on the top partaking in strange events, as well as collages, also by Davis, which combine ancient Greek pottery and sculpture with images of him doing the odd events.

The Upstate New York Olympics won best in show at the Armory Art Fair, competing with 2,000 other art dealers, and is very funny, Wallace said.

A second new exhibit will open on April 9, “Thick and Thin” by Ken Landauer and Julianne Swartz.

Landauer and Swartz are a couple who usually show their work separately, and this is the first time they have ever shown together. Both artists are very different, as Landauer works mostly with drawing and uses objects that look like other objects, while Swartz tends to work with light, space and minimalist forms. The exhibit will include selected work from each artist, showcasing a variety of mediums such as sculpture, photography and drawings.

“It’s a personal thing to show together,” Wallace said. “There should be an interesting dialogue between work.”