It’s a not so well-kept secret that Jackson has a thriving art scene.
From now until winter’s first snowfall the calendar is packed with exhibits, events and artist talks around the town. If you are an art enthusiast or someone who wants to experience the diverse and thriving scene for the first time, there are more options than you can keep track of.
Thankfully, the News&Guide is pretty good at keeping track of these things. We picked out six events that are “can’t miss” this summer.
Editor’s note: There are many events throughout the summer, and this list hardly encompasses them all. If you are new to town or the art scene here in general, try one of the Gallery Walks hosted by the Jackson Hole Gallery Association. They are held the third Thursday of every month through the summer. See JacksonHoleGalleryAssociation.com for full details and other events the group hosts.
Opening reception 5-8 p.m. Sunday Show can be seen by appointment until July 12
Holiday Forever Gallery
Holiday Forever Gallery, a small house-turned-gallery across from the Center for the Arts, is known for bringing in nationally known experimental artists for exhibits you won’t find elsewhere in Jackson.
Owner Andy Kincaid is well-connected in the art world and has a penchant for the modern and strange.
“Offering a break in the content and context of what is otherwise available in Jackson, Holiday Forever is an artist-run space, located within a domestic setting, which primarily features duo exhibitions of emerging artists from outside the area,” Kincaid said. “These collaborations often manifest in projects which dramatically transform the exhibition space and provide an otherwise unavailable experiential opportunity for viewers.”
“The Hacienda” is bringing Matt Tabor (who is working with Scott Nadeau) into town before a residency at Teton Artlab. His work is inspired by space and objects and how desire affects those two things. It also explores how the mythological and the artifice blend.
“It’s calling attention to the desire principle and the mythological synthesis, a total conflation of mythology and existing genre in space,” Tabor said. “I’m calling attention to architectural and mythological space.”
That sounds hard to picture, but there will be videos and sculptures and toy snakes.
Holiday Forever is hosting a yet-to-be-announced show on June 21, and a show Sept. 8 by Andrea McGinty and Ben Dowell.
June 9-Aug. 14
Hardeman North, Wilson
If you went to Rendezvous Park last year for the summer solstice party, you know what Foundspace is.
If not, prepare for a fun, immersive art experience.
Jackson Hole Public Art is once again teaming with the Jackson Hole Land Trust for place-specific installations around Hardeman North, the property east of Wilson Elementary School and across Highway 22 from the Hardeman Barns.
The exhibit will open June 9 and will be free to explore. If you haven’t gone to Rendezvous Park, most of last year’s exhibit is gone, but the auditory one, through the phone app Site: R Park, is there for you to experience.
This year’s exhibit features five local artists: Bland Hoke, Matt Daly, Jenny Dowd, Ben Roth and Bronwyn Minton. They will use recovered and repurposed objects, adding another layer to the word “found.”
June through September
Center for the Arts Center Park
“Observatories” is not one but a series of installations using the Aug. 21 eclipse as a jumping-off point.
In the Center Park — the lawn next to the Center for the Arts — the exhibit will feature internationally known artists and small structures containing artwork, said Carrie Richer, creative initiatives coordinator at the Center.
“The idea is to repurpose and utilize the park space especially during the eclipse and all summer,” Richer said. “We won’t have big openings or special dates, but they’ll be open to the public all day, every day for people to explore.”
While you’ll have to wait until the opening to see the details of the art, the series is being curated by Camille Obering, Matthew Day Jackson and Andy Kincaid. Those three, who are the Center’s “creatives in residence,” also curated the “Evening of Ski and Art Films” in February.
The exhibits will start to pop up next week and continue to build through the eclipse.
“Each one will be a little mini cabin or shed and will host different artists’ work that relates to the theme of in a broad, metaphorical way,” Richer said.
at Snake River Ranch
Dance, dogs and farm animals.
That’s what you’ll get at “Doggie Hamlet,” choreographed by Ann Carlson and put on by Dancers’ Workshop.
“Doggie Hamlet” will be a full-length performance that weaves together humans and animals and explores their relationships.
“The stage is a meadow, and the score is a collection of sounds, including the commands of a dog handler and the pounding of hooves,” a New York Times article said. “A woman extends her arms while four sheep, trailed by a determined dog, trot in a circular formation.”
Carlson is known for her experimental, movement-based art. She also created “Symphonic Body” at the University of California, Los Angeles, a performance that involved just movement, no sound, and a variety of people from the UCLA community.
Various exhibits and events
National Museum of Wildlife Art
Now through end of summer
The National Museum of Wildlife Art is pulling out all the stops for its 30th anniversary. If you’ve never been, now is the time to head to the almost absurdly scenic museum overlooking the National Elk Refuge and explore the vast collection.
The museum just rearranged its permanent collection to create better flow and experience. Exhibits will be added throughout the summer in celebration of the anniversary.
“Iridescence: John Gould’s Hummingbirds,” which shows off hummingbird sketches from the 1800s, is already hanging along with “Andy Warhol: Endangered Species.”
“It’s a fine balance between keeping old favorites out and bringing out new things for people to see,” curator Adam Harris said about the re-designed galleries. “We tried to bring out some new and fresh things people haven’t seen in a while, or new acquisitions that haven’t been on view or were only on view for a short while.”
Plein Air Fest will be held outdoors at the museum June 17, and the Black Bear Ball is Aug. 19. In addition there are Mix’d Media events and other happenings.
“It’s always fun to mark an anniversary year,” Harris said.
Art Fair Jackson Hole
July 7-9 and Aug. 11-13
Presented by Art Association
at Miller Park
The summer Art Fairs are as much a Jackson tradition as powder days and staring in awe at the Grand. The fairs, held over two weekends in July and August, feature every kind of arts and crafts you could imagine.
“It features a majority of artists from out of town,” said Kathryn Jeffords, director of marketing and communications at the Art Association. “Artists who craft anything from leather to fly fishing rods to tipis to jewelry to sculptures. It’s a good opportunity to come and look around and shop for things for things you wouldn’t normally find in Jackson.”
There will be over 150 vendors for the fair’s 51st year, with different vendors in July than August (though there will be overlap as well).
It costs just $5 to get in.
And it’s more than just art.
“This year we have some new features, like yoga on the lawn, Grand Teton Music Festival playing, children’s activities, food and more,” Jeffords said.