“Rear View” Art Exhibit Opens Dec. 6 at Pine Hills

November 22, 2019 | Adult Services

APL celebrates “Rear View: Life Examined” with an opening reception on Friday, Dec. 6, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Pine Hills Branch. The art exhibit is a partnership with APL and Opalka Gallery as part of the Art at APL program.

The reception will include the unveiling of “A Melody with Embedded Harmonies,” a new temporary installation by artist Kenneth Ragsdale, made possible by an Upstate Coalition for a Fairgame Arts Grant. 

The Dec. 6 opening reception is free and open to the public, and includes light refreshments and live music by the Joseph Giordano Trio.

“Rear View: Life Examined” showcases artists whose work begins with memory. Whether starting from oral histories, (Daesha Devón-Harris and Paul Miyamoto), from old snapshots (David Austin, Steve Rein, and Gail Skudera), or from actual memories (Leona and Gavin Christie, Meighan Gale, and Kenneth Ragsdale), these artists examine the ways we try to hold on to, reconstruct, and reckon with memories throughout our lives. This process knits together our past to our present, forging a narrative of a life, examined.

The exhibition can be viewed during library hours and continues through May 2, 2020.

Art at APL is a curated fine arts exhibition program at the Pine Hills Branch showcasing the work of contemporary artists connected to the Capital Region. The program, which began in 2013, integrates professional artwork into public spaces within the library, enriches the library experience, and gives visitors something interesting and educational to look at while they browse the collections. The program is funded in part by the Friends & Foundation of Albany Public Library.

Stephanie Simon

Stephanie Simon is manager of APL's Communication and Creative Services Department, which provides content and information for the library's website, social media, publications, videos, podcasts, and other outlets. Stephanie also manages APL's public relations and marketing efforts.