Last Saturday, Nick and I met up with Ms.G at the library in the morning. We planned to spend the day looking at different galleries. We rode up to Kinderhook to visit The School. The gallery was hosting a handful of artists but the main exhibition was about Radcliffe Bailey’s artwork.
Bailey’s work focused a lot on African cultures seeing as he visited the continent prior to making his work. Each piece had a few details in common that allowed the viewer to identify the theme. He used railroads, sheet music, and ships quite often in his sculptures and paintings. My personal favorite piece of his was called To Be Titled. The rock included in it looked somewhat similar to a heart and it had a crown of thorns attached to it. It’s hard to describe but it left an eerie feeling with me.
The gallery included all their other exhibitions upstairs separated off into different rooms and hallways. There was so much art to look around out but I was moved by the photography of Gordon Parks. The way he captured the world of his time is just so amazing. Each piece gave off a different feeling and with the context of the time they were taken, you can just resonate with the subjects. Sadly my favorite photograph of his in the gallery didn’t have a name. The subject of the photo was a young black boy in a cowboy hat that was staring deeply into the camera. With just his look, you could feel the pain he was dealing with. I was completely amazed by it.
I honestly could’ve spent the entire day just looking between Bailey’s and Parks’ work. I would love to go back to The School sometime and see what else they had to offer.