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Current Show: Michael Oatman

Artist Michael Oatman is currently exhibiting his collages, installations, and mixed media works in the Hostetter Gallery. The exhibition titled "Ask Your Doctor If Apocalypse™ Is Right For You®" uses dark humor, visual puns and work in diverse mediums to take a broad look at the Anthropocene, the term that anthropologist have given to the thin temporal sliver that denotes the influence of human life on earth. Also on view is his large-scale inflatable sculpture The 8th Wonder, which is on display outside of the Hostetter Arts Center entrance. The exhibition will be on view through December 15.

For over 25 years, Michael Oatman has examined the intersection of material culture, institutional practice, biography, science and myth. Oatman describes his work as the “poetic interpretation of documents.” He currently resides in Troy, NY where he teaches in the School of Architecture at Rensselaer. His installations, videos and collages have been exhibited internationally, at venues including MASS MoCA, The Aldrich, The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The DeCordova, The University of Vermont, The University of Wyoming, The Kitchen, Scope Art Fair, The Hungary Biennial, Chesterwood, and the Tang Museum. He was the 2003 recipient of the Nancy Graves Prize, along with Mary Lucier and Judy Pfaff. He is in the collections of Vidal Sassoon, London, The Boston MFA, MASS MoCA, The Albany Institute of History and Art, New Line Cinema, writers Annie Proulx and William Kennedy, The University at Albany, The 21c Museum, The Waskowmium, The University of Vermont, The City of Cambridge, MA and numerous other public and private collections. He received his BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA from the University at Albany. He was the 2003 recipient of the Nancy Graves Prize, along with Mary Lucier and Judy Pfaff. He works in the public realm with his architecture students under the collective title “Falling Anvil Studios.” They are based in Troy, NY.


His nieces, Annie Oatman ’20 and Katherine Oatman ’20 – and a few of their friends from Pingry – helped assemble and install the exhibition. After all, change is a generational phenomenon, and a dialogue between the old guard and the new stewards (of art, of education, of the planet) is essential for the survival of this delicate ecology – of both living material and ideas.

Photographic Works from the Permanent Collection

The Hostetter Gallery is exhibiting selections from Pingry’s Permanent Collection through December 9th, 2016. The exhibition will feature photography by artists Lucien Clergue, Harold Feinstein, Donna Ferrato, Ralph Gibson, Alen MacWeeney, and Mary Ellen Mark.

Pingry is proud to present this museum quality exhibition with works by international artists who had shaped and defined modern photography. Lucien Clergue, close friend of Pablo Picasso, received the highest honor bestowed by the French Ministry of Culture as a Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur in 2003, and was featured in a solo show at the MoMA. Harold Feinstein helped define the “New York School” of photography and Donna Ferrato ignited a national discussion about sexual violence and women’s rights. Surrealist photographer Ralph Gibson is included in important collections including the MoMA, the Whitney Museum of Modern Art, and the International Center for Creative Photography. Alen MacWeeney’s photographs are in permanent collections at the MoMA, the MET, the Philadephia Musueum of Art, and the Art Institure of Chicago, to name a few. Mary Ellen Mark is recognized as one of the most respected and influential photographers of her generation. She has published 18 books and published photo-essays and portraits in LIFE, New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair. She has received worldwide attention for her work, which is included in over 50 major museum collections.

Current Show

Previous Exhibitions at the Hostetter Gallery

Harry Allen
Pavel Banka
Frances Barth
Tom Birkner
Avy Claire
Tim Daly
Ed Fausty
Kathleen Gilje
Robert Goodyear
Elizabeth A. Demaray
David Hayes
Adam Kalkin
Zoe Keramea
Gary Komarin
Robert Lobe
Scott Loikits
James Mullen
Joshua Reiman
John Ruddy
Jon Sarkin
Jim Toia
Jindra Vikova
Jack Youngelson