Gallery talk with artist Andrew Lyght at Dorsky Museum in New Paltz

Andrew Lyght, Air Rights NYLyght 6136, 2009–10, courtesy the artist

“Andrew Lyght: Full Circle,” which opened in January at SUNY-New Paltz’s Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, has been getting rave reviews from art critics. Joyce Beckenstein of The New York Times termed it a “stunning show, a long-overdue retrospective exhibition for this artist,” who “blurs all distinctions between drawing, painting, sculpture, digital photography and installation art.”

The works on view trace the personal odyssey of Lyght, an artist who grew up in Guyana and lived in Montreal, Brooklyn and Europe before settling in Kingston. Many of his dynamic multimedia sculptures suggest the kites that he made and sold in his childhood, or the industrial objects that surrounded him when he worked in construction in his youth.

The artist himself will present a gallery talk at the Dorsky this Saturday, April 2 at 2 p.m. The exhibition’s curator, Tumelo Mosaka, will join Lyght in this presentation co-sponsored by the SUNY-New Paltz Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program. You might want to check out this month’s First Sunday free gallery tour, conducted by the perennially fascinating guest educator/New Paltz artist Kevin Cook. That one begins at 2 p.m. on April 3.

Located on the SUNY campus at 1 Hawk Drive in New Paltz, the Dorsky Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday when college is in session. For more info, call (845) 257-3844 or visit www.newpaltz.edu/museum.

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