All week long, students on break are invited to take part in art and science workshops, face painting, demonstrations in the Hudson Riverama environmental gallery, tours of Glenview, and Planetarium shows for all. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver.
Calling all teens! Come to the Hudson River Museum for our very first Teen Talk, a series of open and candid discussions in our galleries, a welcoming space in which teens can talk about current topics. Be inspired by works of art on view and look at the world through the perspectives of art, history, science, and community. Under the guidance of Museum Educators, the program will be moderated by HRM Junior Docents, high school students trained by museum and other professionals to lead public programs.
Free admission for all teens (13–18). Light refreshments will be served.
Effie Gray and Victorians in Film: A Conversation with Donald Rosenfeld
Sun, Feb 25, 1pm
Award-winning filmmaker Donald Rosenfeld, Director of Sovereign Films and former President of Merchant Ivory Productions, is an expert in depicting historical periods in film. Join us for a screening of Effie Gray (2014), the first original screenplay written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Emma Thompson, and starring Dakota Fanning as Effie Gray. This impeccably-crafted Victorian-period drama delicately and incisively probes the marital politics of the Victorian era and beyond. The screening will be followed by a conversation and Q&A with Rosenfeld and Hudson River Museum Director Masha Turchinsky.
Left image credit: David Salle
Free with general admission. RSVP to guarantee your seat. Day-of seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Latecomers will not be admitted.
Learn to create an 1830s reticule (a small handbag) or an 1890s bow tie (an essential part of the Victorian wardrobe) with the New York 19th-Century Society. Materials, supplies, and instructions will be provided. The New York 19th-Century Society promotes the study and understanding of life in 19th-century New York, uniting historians, scholars, artists, philosophers, dreamers, and impresarios inspired by the time period.
Justin Fornal, a Fellow of the Explorers Club and President of the Bronx Pipe Smoking Society, will speak about the history of pipes and pipe smoking. In his lecture, Fornal will discuss Native American caluments made from sacred pipestone, Turkish meerschaum pipes, Italian briar pipes, and Victorian-inspired taxidermy pipes, among other topics. Fornal is an NY Emmy Award-winning television personality for his portrayal of Baron Ambrosia on Bronx Flavor and The Culinary Adventures of Baron Ambrosia on the Cooking Channel.
Teaching Artist-in-Residence Ebony Bolt, whose work is on view in The Neo-Victorians, creates visually positive drawings and prints that highlight the importance of diversity. Bolt will teach participants how to create prints on paper using calligraphy pens, watercolor pencils, and other art materials. Recommended for ages 14+.
Explore The Neo-Victorians and engage in a lively conversation with featured artist Donna Sharrett, who creates elaborate geometric needlework constructions. Sharrett, who graduated from the School of Visual Arts, is represented in a number of collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Arts & Design, NY.
Come celebrate all things steampunk, a mashup of science fiction, technology, and design inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. At 12:30pm, Dolly and Birdie of Hudson Valley Steampunk and cosplay costumer Mickey Flint will facilitate Tea Duels, a steampunk sport of wits, technique, and finesse. Professor Mark Donnelly will immerse visitors in the world of Bartitsu, the Victorian mixed martial art, with a documentary film at 1pm, a Sunday Scholars lecture at 2pm, and a workshop at 3:30pm. From 1–4pm, get in the steampunk spirit with themed face painting from Agostino Arts. Plus, hear and interact with The Eternal Frontier—a time-traveling, musical duo—as they stroll around the Museum. #HRMNeoVictorians
Ever wonder how an exhibition comes together? Guest Curator Bartholomew F. Bland, Executive Director of the Lehman College Art Gallery, City University of New York, pulls back the curtain on the mechanics of organizing and mounting The Neo-Victorians. Find out how an exhibition goes from just a gleam in a curator’s eye to 1,800 insects hanging on the walls of a Gilded-Age home.
The Ridgewood Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company presents an hour-long performance of solos, duets, and group numbers from the best of Gilbert and Sullivan, featuring excerpts from The Pirates of Penzance, Mikado, and H.M.S. Pinafore. The Company, founded in 1937, has presented full productions of the works of Gilbert and Sullivan on a regular schedule for over 80 years, delighting audiences with the timeless jollity of these Victorian musical theater classics.
Daisy Tainton, Insect Preparator and Curatorial Assistant at the American Museum of Natural History, will lead participants in creating a miniature, whimsical insect diorama under glass, centered around a preserved rhinoceros beetle. Participants are encouraged to bring their own miniatures, natural objects, and other items for inspiration. Recommended for ages 11+.
Journey through the night skies in this unique new event, featuring a live soundscape performed by Wess Meets West, a defiantly optimistic blend of electronic and post-rock instrumental music. Doors open at 7pm. Show runs approximately 50 minutes. Please note that guests may not be admitted into the Planetarium after the start of the show. #HRMPlanetarium