Kathy Goodell: Infra-Loop, Selections 1994–2020

Posted 2/11/21

The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz announces “Kathy Goodell: Infra-Loop, Selections 1994–2020,” a survey exhibition of the artist Kathy …

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Kathy Goodell: Infra-Loop, Selections 1994–2020


The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz announces “Kathy Goodell: Infra-Loop, Selections 1994–2020,” a survey exhibition of the artist Kathy Goodell.

“Infra-Loop” explores Goodell’s work over the last 30 years, examining an artist who is constantly challenging and reinventing her practice.

The exhibition will be on view through July 11 in The Dorsky’s Morgan Anderson Gallery and Howard Greenberg Family Gallery. It is guest curated by Andrew Woolbright.

“Infra-Loop” examines throughlines in Kathy Goodell’s practice across painting, drawing and sculpture, examining a mystic language that loops between disciplines, coasts and generations.

Associated with many movements and contemporaries, Goodell’s career charts a path and fills in the gaps of what we think about art in the ‘90s, ‘00s and the present day. Her practice has determined itself through a kind of non-specificity, one that resists easy classification and interpretation. The meaning of her work, and context through which we are to understand it, is simultaneous and withheld—west coast spiritualism meets east coast abstraction; procedural non-objectivity blends with painterly biomorphism; protean theosophy informs post-modernist contemporary.

But within Goodell’s art there is an internal ellipse: an infra-loop. Languages and ideas are continually returned to in different mediums, renegotiated and re-examined, and the themes of her work seem like dreamy recognitions of reincarnation, a removed familiarity felt between objects, drawings and paintings sometimes decades apart.

Featuring more than 40 artworks including paintings, sculptures and multimedia installations, this exhibition is the first time Goodell’s work has been presented on a large scale. In addition to exhibiting major pieces from her career, “Infra-Loop” focuses on introducing her newest work, including some that have never been exhibited before, allowing us to draw connections and see the rhythmic poetry between the past and present.

The Dorsky will offer a number of online exhibition-related programs and events to the public throughout the spring. For the latest information about public programs, please visit http://www.newpaltz.edu/museum or call (845) 257-3844.

Through its collections, exhibitions and public programs, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art supports and enriches the academic programs at the College and serves as a center for Hudson Valley arts and culture. With more than 9,000 square feet of exhibition space distributed over six galleries, The Dorsky Museum is one of the largest museums in the SUNY system. Since its official dedication in 2001, The Dorsky has presented more than 100 exhibitions, including commissions, collection-based projects, and in-depth studies of contemporary artists including Robert Morris, Alice Neel, Judy Pfaff, Carolee Schneemann and Ushio Shinohara.

Funding for The Dorsky’s exhibitions and programs is provided by the Friends of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art and SUNY New Paltz.

Museum Hours: Wednesday–Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, holidays and intersessions. For more information about The Dorsky Museum and its programs, visitnewpaltz.edu/museum or call (845) 257-3844.


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