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New York | A Day Upstate: Rita McBride at Dia Beacon | Mother Gallery, Garage Gallery, Analog Diary

July 22, 2023 | 11:00 am 4:00 pm

RITA MCBRIDE installation. Photo: Don Stahl

Join ArtTable members and guests for a day of art, walking, and networking during Upstate Art Weekend this July! It’s a perfect time to take a break from the city and connect with colleagues. Please note that this is a walking tour.

We’ll start the day at Dia Beacon, where Curator Alexis Lowry will guide us on a tour of “Rita McBride: Momentum.” McBride, renowned for her extensive body of work encompassing architecture, design, and public space, operates at the confluence of these disciplines. Her work predominantly revolves around creating expansive installations and large-scale works, and includes elements of performance, textual compositions, and smaller sculptural pieces. You’ll have a little time to explore other exhibits at Dia before joining the group on a shuttle to downtown Beacon.

We’ll enjoy a delicious (Dutch treat) lunch at a Main Street restaurant. Just a few minutes away on foot, we’ll tour “Reclaimed,” at Garage Gallery with Co-Founder Susan Keiser. The exhibit features work by Laura Petrovich-Cheney, Jaynie Crimmins, and Rinat Goren. “‘Women’s work’ is such a loaded term—loaded with seemingly impossible to dislodge assumptions about who does what in this world and what it’s worth. Said dismissively, these two short words have the power to devalue the lives and work of half the population. Still. But said authoritatively, joyfully, hopefully, it can refer to the unheralded artists who have long woven and embroidered seemingly worthless scraps of everyday life into entirely new vocabularies of expression.”

Our next stop will be “Chromazones” at Analog Diary with Founding Partner Katharine Overgaard. “This show celebrates the myriad compositional, technical, and narrative possibilities achieved through color—painted, drawn, poured, and sculpted—and draws unexpected and generative through-lines between otherwise disparate artists and their works. Chromazones is fecund, life-affirming, and curious.” Featuring artists Latifa Alajlan, Polly Apfelbaum, Michael Berryhill, Eugene von Bruenchenhein, Julia Chiang, Martha Clippinger, Holly Coulis, Pam Glick, Tamara Gonzales, Clare Grill, Alteronce Gumby, Marcia Hafif, EJ Hauser, Andrew Masullo, John McAllister, Dan Miller, Ron Nagle, Ken Price, Julia Rommel, Sylvia Snowden, Emma Soucek, Tracy Thomason, Yukine Yanagi, and Kennedy Yanko.

To finish the day, we’ll join Founder Paola Oxoa at MOTHER Gallery for “I AM THE PASSENGER Pt II” featuring artists Lisa Beck, Trudy Benson, Seth Cameron, Mariah Dekkenga, Stacy Fisher, Rico Gatson, Russell Tyler, and Susan Weil. I AM THE PASSENGER is an intergenerational group exhibition of non-objective painting, in two parts—acting as a looking glass for perceiving our current moment in time and place within the lineage of non-objective painting. We relate to non-objective painting in both corporeal and immaterial ways. Non-objective painting wants to stir something. Non-objective painting connects with our bodies. Severe yet playful, non-objective painting is evidence of the artist operating within a greater movement of creation. We bear witness to the journey of artist as passenger when we stand in view of non-objective painting. Non-objective painting is about feeling and perceiving in the body, it’s personal, it’s universal. Organized by Trudy Benson, Paola Oxoa, and Russell Tyler. Stay and socialize at the Upstate Art Weekend reception at MOTHER, explore on your own in downtown Beacon, or wrap up the day!

If you plan to make a night (or weekend) of it, Upstate Art Weekend has so much to offer. The fourth edition of UPSTATE ART WEEKEND, July 21-24, 2023, includes 130+ participants located in Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties. Visit for details.

Thanks to Margaret Graham for spearheading this event, and to Courtney Maier Burbela and Racine Berkow for their assistance!


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  • ArtTable Member Guests – $35
  • Public – $40

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Detailed Itinerary:

Meet us at Dia Beacon at 11:00 am
Dia Beacon is located adjacent to the Beacon train station, which is served by Metro-North Railroad trains from Grand Central Terminal and Poughkeepsie. Trains run hourly in either direction during museum operating hours. For train information, visit New York residents dial 511, all others dial toll-free 877 690 5114. For detailed train, driving, and parking instructions, see the Dia Beacon website. Dia Beacon is an 8-10 minute walk (1/2 mile) from the Metro-North Beacon Station.

11:15 am-12:00 pm Dia Beacon guided tour of “Rita McBride: Momentum” with Alexis Lowry
12:00 pm-12:30 pm self-guided wander through Dia Beacon
12:30 pm board the Beacon Free Loop Shuttle to Main Street (6 min)
12:45-1:45 pm Dutch Treat/No Host lunch at a Main Street restaurant
2:00-2:30 pm tour of “Reclaimed” at Garage Gallery with Susan Keiser
2:45-3:15 pm tour of “Chromazones” at Analog Diary with Katharine Overgaard
3:30-4:00 pm tour of “I Am the Passenger Pt II” at Mother Gallery with Paola Oxoa
4:00 pm stay for Upstate Art Weekend Reception at Mother Gallery
Enjoy more Upstate Art Weekend activities, or head home via the Beacon Shuttle to the train or the Dia Beacon parking lot.

Image: RITA MCBRIDE. Photo by Don Stahl. Courtesy of Dia Beacon 2023.

DIA Beacon

3 Beekman Street
Beacon, NY, 12508
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Alexis Lowry is curator at Dia Art Foundation, New York, where she is responsible for exhibitions, commissions, and public programs across Dia’s sites and locations. Lowry also oversees acquisitions and the permanent collection. At Dia Chelsea, she has curated new projects by Lucy Raven, Rita McBride, and Kishio Suga. At Dia Beacon, she organized the first North American retrospective of Charlotte Posenenske’s work, as well as installations by Mel Bochner, Mary Corse, Charles Gaines, Barry Le Va, Lee Ufan, Robert Morris, Michelle Stuart, and Anne Truitt.

Prior to joining Dia, she was curator of the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University, Providence, and a freelance project manager for Creative Time, New York. She has recently contributed to publications for Art Monthly, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, Orlando, The Drawing Center, New York, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, in addition to books produced by Dia. In 2021, Lowry was the first invited curator-in-residence at the Bauhaus Foundation in Dessau, Germany. She is on the board of directors for the Triple Aught Foundation and serves on the advisory council of The Great Northern, Minneapolis. She received her PhD from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts in 2019.

Paola Oxoa (b. 1979 Medellin, Colombia) is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in New York, NY & Beacon, NY. Oxoa earned a BFA in experimental animation from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design (Lakewood, CO). Working across media—themes of interconnectedness and transcendence permeate her work. Solo exhibitions include What the Thunder Said at Matteawan Gallery (Beacon, NY), Round Tripper at Stay Gallery (Denver, CO), The Mirror of Reason (2005) and TRUE LOVE (2004) at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, where she was awarded a residency and named the #1 NEW PICK (2004-5). Her work has been featured in Two Coats of Paint, NYLON, Art in America, Artillery Magazine, Rocky Mountain News, and The Denver Post, among other publications. Oxoa’s work is in the permanent collection of The Bass Museum of Contemporary Art (Miami, FL) and in prominent private collections. 

Oxoa founded Mother, an artist-centered gallery, in the spring of 2018 in Beacon, NY. Oxoa has curated upwards of 25 solo, two-person, and group exhibitions at both gallery locations, off-site, and at significant art fairs including The Armory Show. Mother’s exhibitions have been featured or reviewed in publications including The New York Times, Hyperallergic, The Art Newspaper, Two Coats of Paint, Artnet, The Brooklyn Rail, and Whitewall. Oxoa was named one of six woman gallerists and curators defining the Hudson Valley art scene in 2019 by Chronogram Magazine. Oxoa serves on the board of the Children’s Museum of Arts in NYC.

Susan Keiser is a fine-art photographer and the cofounder of Garage Gallery, a contemporary fine arts gallery in Beacon, NY, exhibiting significant bodies of work by emerging and mid-career artists in a wide range of media. “Art needs space in the real world—a home in the heart of the community that’s larger than a studio but less rarified than a global gallery showroom. Artists need a place where they can find their audience without economic pressure—a point of entry between a phone app and a collector’s wall. Collectors need an environment that is welcoming and invites discovery, where they can always find a treasure to take home with them.”

Keiser’s photographic and curatorial work reflects her long experience in publishing, the arts, and horticulture. As Senior Editor at Oxford University Press she was responsible for establishing their academic and scholarly journals program in the United States, acquiring titles in fields ranging from cultural studies to financial economics and fine art to neuroscience.

Deeply involved in gardening and the natural world, she was Manager of the Rock and Native Plant Gardens at The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY; Associate Director of the Garden Conservancy, Garrison, NY; and founder and principal of Greystone Gardens, Inc., a design-build firm working with private and corporate clients. Her gardens have been featured in the New York Times and Garden Design magazine, as well as in Japanese and German publications.

As an artist she has always been concerned with building large structures out of small units, entire worlds out of miniature elements. The recipient of an NEA grant she created site-specific installations commissioned by public and private institutions, including the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Rockefeller Center, New York, NY; and the International Design Conference in Aspen, CO. Keiser attended Pomona College and holds a BFA in painting from The Cooper Union and a diploma from The New York Botanical Garden School of Professional Horticulture.

Katharine Overgaard is a Founding Partner at Analog Diary (Beacon), and Director at Franklin Parrasch Gallery (New York). Her expertise lies in art writing and research, gallery and artist strategy, and collector and institutional relations. In spring 2022, she co-founded Analog Diary with fellow veteran art dealers Derek Eller, Abby Messitte, and Franklin Parrasch.

Analog Diary organizes exhibitions which reimagine what a gallery can show by collapsing boundaries and arbitrarily assigned categories. Analog Diary is a space where thinking about art without the mind clutter of an Instagrammable frame of reference is possible. Analog Diary is a Member of the New Art Dealers Alliance.

Overgaard has been an ArtTable member since 2022, was born and raised in Western Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley. She earned a dual major B.A. in Studio Art and Art History from Drew University (Madison, NJ) and lives in Upper Manhattan. 

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