Saturday, January 7, 2017

Tonight on Warren Street

As is often the case on a Saturday in Hudson, there are several gallery openings happening today along Warren Street. Shapes Effect, a solo exhibition of paintings by Katharine Mojzsis, is opening at John Davis Gallery362½ Warren Street (6 to 8 p.m.). Future Now, an exhibition of sculpture by Michael Richison and new paintings by Joseph Conrad-Ferm, is opening at FRG Objects & Design/Art, 217 Warren Street (5:30 to 8:30 p.m.). Broken America, new work by George Spencer, together with paintings by guest artist Will Clark and new works by gallery artists, is opening at 510 Warren Street Gallery (3 to 6 p.m.). Of particular interest is an exhibition opening at Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street, called Abandoned Luncheonette.

The exhibition takes its name from the 1973 Hall and Oates song of the same title. If you don't remember it, you can read the lyrics here and hear the song performed here. Here's what the gallery's press release says about the American institution that inspired the paintings, works on paper, photography, and sculpture assembled for this exhibition:
Luncheonettes came into being in the early 20th century, in small towns and big cities, serving quick meals in informal settings. The meals would be considered comfort food today: satisfying, familiar and easy to prepare, like pancakes, hot dogs or cupcakes. The environment would be shiny, clean and welcoming, for dining alone, a couple on a date, or small parties.
Perhaps their simplicity and familiarity is just as comforting as the food. Over and over again, one knows what to expect. But when your local or favorite luncheonette is shuttered, what memories might remain?
Abandoned Luncheonette includes works by Conor Backman, Lisa Beck, Francis Cape, Jennifer Coates, Adriana Farmiga, Frederick Hayes, Richard Klein, Tracy Miller, Walter Robinson, Nancy Shaver, Amy Talluto, and Tony Thompson. The opening reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition continues through February 19.

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