There's plenty of creative energy keep us engaged this week. Here are a few key spots to check out, but many more gallery and studio spaces will host First Friday receptions. Check out our online calendar at rochestercitynewspaper.com and firstfridayrochester.org for more art events. All of the following events are free to attend unless otherwise noted.
On Thursday, February 6, 6-9 p.m. Rochester Contemporary (137 East Ave.) will host a reception for "Makers & Mentors," which pairs the work of artist-mentors with the work of their former students. This year's edition of the series features internationally renowned, Rochester-based picture-maker Carl Chiarenza, whose new works are one-of-a-kind collages made from his own ripped, cut, and re-combined photographs.
"Makers & Mentors" will also feature paintings by Chiarenza's former student, New York-based Lisa Bradley, photographs by Rochester-based French photographer Bruno Chalifour, as well as Chalifour's former student, Allentown, Pennsylvania-based photographer David W. Haas. A second reception will be held on First Friday, February 7, 6-10 p.m., and an artists' talk will take place Saturday, February 8, at 1 p.m. The show will remain on view through March 16. Admission is $1 and free to members. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m., and Friday, 1-10 p.m. For more information, call 461-2222 or visit rochestercontemporary.org.
Friday, February 7, through Saturday, April 12, Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) will feature "Druckworks," an installation of books and projects by Johanna Drucker spanning 1972 to 2012. An opening reception will be held Friday, February 7, 6-9 p.m., with music provided by RIT's WITR. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. An artist's talk with Johanna Drucker will take place Wednesday, March 5, at 6 p.m. For more information, call 442-8676 or visit vsw.org.
Closing Saturday, February 8, is "Boys vs. Girls 2," hosted simultaneously at two spaces: 1975 Gallery (89 Charlotte St.) is filled with a collaborative cardboard world of the boys, while The Yards Collaborative Art Space (50-52 Rochester Public Market) has been transformed into a cardboard realm by the ladies. Check out the dudes' domain Wednesday-Friday, 1-8 p.m., and Saturday noon-5 p.m., and visit the ladies' lair Thursday or Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit attheyards.com or 1975ish.com.