“Tiny Worlds: Sculpture by Alice Hudson” will open Cooperstown’s Art Garage summer season today with a reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. to which the public is invited. The show will be open from 10 a.m. noon Saturday, and will be on view at the private gallery through Sunday, Aug. 10.
The Art Garage is at 689 Beaver Meadow Road.
The exhibition features two main bodies of work. The “4th of July” series presents small figures made of spent firecrackers, and iconic parade objects. The second body of work features “small architectural environments featuring strange yet delightful tableaux, inhabited by insects with attitude or poignant ingénues,” Gallery owner Sidney Waller said in a media release.
This show marks a rare solo exhibition for Alice Hudson. Most of the works will be available for purchase, the first time in several decades that they have been accessible to the public.
Area residents first encountered her work in the late 1980s and early 1990s at Gallery 53 Artworks and Toad Hall in Cooperstown, and at the Chenango County Council on the Arts Gallery in Norwich. Many of those pieces are now in private collections. Public institutions that have Hudson works in their collections include The Museum of the City of New York, which for many years displayed her “The Cultural Center,” a monumental installation embedded with tiny creatures and teeming with stories. Her chef d’oeuvre,” A Palace for Wednesday,” is on permanent display at the Mingei International Museum in San Diego, and in 2015 Hudson’s “Procession” is set to travel to San Diego to join “A Palace for Wednesday” and be on view concurrently with the New York Folk Art Museum’s nationally touring collection.
Hudson, who died in 2013, made Norwich her home for the last 20 years of her life. She made a life making art, usually from recycled materials. Originally from Orchard Park near Buffalo, she studied at Antioch College, graduated from Albright Art School and earned a Bacehlor of Science degree in art education from the State University at Buffalo. Hudson lived and worked on Long Island initially, with her young family, where she exhibited her work in Southampton, Great Neck and Setauket, and also taught at The Museums of Stony Brook and The Art Barn, as well as in elementary school.