SEPTEMBER 29, 2017 — The Hudson River Museum was recently selected as the winner of the 2017 Award for Excellence in Public Programming from the Greater Hudson Heritage Network. The award is in recognition of the Civil War-focused public programs at the Hudson River Museum, presented in conjunction with three Civil War-focused exhibitions on view from October 2016 through May 2017. The interdisciplinary programming drew upon Lincoln on Hudson, a site-specific installation by Red Grooms; Red Grooms: The Blue and the Gray; and the permanent collection exhibition Who Fought to Save the Union.
Greater Hudson Heritage Network's Awards for Excellence seek to recognize and commend exceptional efforts among GHHN members. Awards are made to projects that exemplify creativity and professional vision resulting in a contribution to the preservation and interpretation of the historic scene, material culture, and diversity of the region. The awards will be presented at the GHHN “The Art of History” Annual Conference on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, New York.
“We are honored to learn that the Hudson River Museum’s programs have been recognized by the Greater Hudson Heritage Network,” said Masha Turchinsky, Director. “This award is just the latest example that our efforts to bring new breadth and more participatory experiences to our programming roster are gaining momentum. It is part of a broader strategy to connect with all our visitors and communities in fresh ways, while underscoring the relevance of our collections and exhibitions.”
“Our Education and Curatorial teams worked hand-in-hand to bring an exciting range of programs to serve our visitors,” stated Saralinda Lichtblau, Assistant Director, Education. “From tours to artmaking, music and theater performances, and scholars’ lectures, we invited the public to join us in exploring and giving a voice to the real stories and enduring legacy of the American Civil War.”
Civil War programs were supported, in part, by a generous grant from Wells Fargo.
Coming up: The Hudson River Museum announces its fall exhibition Walks with Artists: The Hudson Valley and Beyond, on view October 7, 2017 through January 21, 2018.
This season we invite you to journey along the river and to regional sites through landscapes dating from the 1820s—when artists first began to visit the area—to today. Featured artists include Thomas Cole, George Inness, Fanny Palmer, George Gardner Symons, Ralph Fasanella, Richard Haas, Richard Mayhew, Alison Moritsugu, Ellen Kozak, and Jack Stuppin. Stunning depictions of our rolling rivers, verdant farmlands, and forested mountains calm and refresh us and inspire us to venture outdoors. At the same time, these scenes underscore what must not be taken for granted and what often inspires environmental activism. More than half of these works are recent acquisitions on view for the first time. Others make their debut after a two-year conservation initiative.
Educators and curators continue to work together to exemplify the connections between the artistic and the scientific in our local environment through the Museum’s programming this fall, underscoring the themes found in Walks with Artists. A series of tours, Walk & Talk with an Artist, offers interpretations of select works from the perspective of professionals from a range of artistic fields with poets, musicians, and visual artists. The Sunday Scholar Series presents thought-provoking lectures that connect our exhibitions to contemporary culture and concerns, including a talk on global and local perspectives on water conservation as well as a talk on climate change and the Paris Agreement. Nature and Beyond, a new series designed by Teaching Artist-in-Residence Andrea Packard, offers a hands-on introduction to landscape collage, providing an artistic outlet to explore the works on view. And in Kids Explore the Landscape with Zafiro Acevedo, the artist examines classical landscape elements and kids get the opportunity to create their own works using natural elements. All programs are free with Museum admission.
The Hudson River Museum is open Wednesday-Sunday, 12-5pm.
Museum Admission: Adults $7; Youth 3-18 $4; Seniors 62+ and Students with ID $5. Planetarium Admission: Adults $4; Youth 3-18 $2; Seniors 62+ and Students with ID $3.