Hudson River Museum
511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701 - United States
The Hudson River Museum is a preeminent cultural institution in Westchester County and the New York Metropolitan area. Situated on the banks of the Hudson River in Yonkers, New York, the HRM’s mission is to engage, inspire, and connect diverse communities through the power of the arts, sciences, and history.
The Museum offers engaging experiences for nearly every age and interest, with an ever-growing collection of American art; dynamic exhibitions that range from notable 19th-century paintings to contemporary art installations; Glenview, an 1877 house on the National Register of Historic Places; a state-of-the-art Planetarium; an environmental teaching gallery; and an outdoor Amphitheater. Accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM), the Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting these multidisciplinary offerings, which are complemented by an array of public programs that encourage creative expression, collaboration, and artistic and scientific discovery.
Derrick Adams: Buoyant
The Hudson River Museum presents Derrick Adams: Buoyant, a new exhibition showcasing work that delves deeply and fearlessly into the nooks and crannies of Black life and culture, unveiling a nuanced wholeness of humanity. The multidisciplinary, New York-based artist depicts a world where joy, love, leisure, and even prosaic normalcy play central roles, methodically filling the many voids and omissions in popular visual culture.This is the first museum exhibition of Adams’ Floaters series, will debut We Came to Party and Plan, a new body of related works the artist conceived during the summer of 2019.
Executed between 2016 and 2019, the Floaters series is a collection of vividly painted portraits depicting Black people in various states of rest and play, buoyantly floating on calm waters. Relaxed bodies, some with a gentle grin, others holding a summertime beverage, melt into rainbow-colored unicorns or candy-shaped plastic floaties. This classically American iconography signifies the carefree pleasures of success: the American Dream in physical form. Adams recontextualizes this classic visual trope to create a more accurate and fuller representation of the lived experience.
In addition to works from the Floaters series, the exhibition will feature an immersive installation entitled We Came to Party and Plan as well as Tables Turned, an earlier series also related to the celebration. This newly created body of work invites viewers into a party atmosphere full of complexity. As with his Floaters series, We Came to Party and Plan explores the multi-dimensionality of the Black lived experience. Here, a party is not solely a place for celebration, it is a complex network of human interactions leading to outcomes that range from the mundane to the revolutionary.
The exhibition is organized by the Hudson River Museum, and co-curated by James E. Bartlett, founder of Open Art, and Laura Vookles, Chair of the Hudson River Museum’s Curatorial Department.
Major sponsorship of the exhibition is made possible by a generous grant from The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts. This exhibition is also supported in part by the City of Yonkers, Mayor Mike Spano; Luxembourg & Dayan; Rhona Hoffman Gallery; and Salon 94. The production of the custom wallpaper for We Came To Party and Plan has been generously donated by twenty2 wallpaper. In July 2020, Derrick Adams: Buoyant will travel to the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida, which is supporting the development of the show.
Self in the City: Highlights from the Collections of the Hudson River Museum and Art Bridges
Self in the City focuses on finding our place in the urban environment and what the city and its many communities represent for the individual. This exhibition presents a selection of nine works from the Museum’s collection and two paintings on loan from Art Bridges. From William Hahn (1829–1887) and Archibald Motley (1891–1981) to Jacob Lawrence (1917–2000) and Susan Hall (b. 1943), artists from different eras and backgrounds present views of the city that resonate with us in numerous ways. Archibald Motley is represented by a lively and vibrant painting, Bronzeville at Night, 1949, on loan from Art Bridges, along with a new addition to the exhibition by Norman Wilfred Lewis (1909-1979), Untitled (Subway Station), 1945. Other artists, represented from the Museum’s collection, include Junius Allen (1898–1962), Daniel Putnam Brinley (1879–1963), Paul Cadmus (1904–1999), Ebony Bolt (b. 1991), and photographer Barbara Morgan (1900–1992).
The Hudson River Museum is honored to continue a partnership with Art Bridges for a second year. Art Bridges is a foundation created by arts patron Alice Walton to facilitate the sharing of outstanding works of American art and support partner institutions in expanding and deepening their connection with audiences. These masterpieces of American Art provoke new ways of interpreting works within our own collection and create a unique context that inspires candid, thoughtful conversations. Support provided by Art Bridges.
Frances Hynes: Constellations
Frances Hynes (American, born 1945) satisfies our artistic sensibilities and scientific curiosity in her series of pastel drawings of constellations, created in the mid 1980s. In these abstract expressive pastel drawings, Hynes combined faithfully rendered star positions with linear outlines suggesting the New York barns and farmhouses of her younger, stargazing days. Figures depicted include the Big Dipper, the Northern Cross, Orion, Hercules, Cassiopeia, and others. The artist says, “I saw a structural relationship in the geometries of both architecture and night sky constellations.” She enjoys the ambiguity of reading these superimposed forms of land and sky and invites the viewer to wonder, “Am I inside, looking out a window at the night sky, or am I outside? Is the constellation behind the building, part of the building, is the building transparent, is the building part of the night sky, part of the universe?”
As a child, the artist admired the stars in Gertrude Chandler Warner’s Star Stories, illustrated in a 1947 edition by Winifred Bromhall. Later, she would spend the night outdoors in upstate New York, using a flashlight to consult a star map as she watched the constellations cross the sky. She also gazed at the stars while staying at the renowned artists’ enclave, Monhegan Island, Maine, where the lack of light pollution dazzled her senses with the bright Milky Way and the sheer number of celestial objects visible.
Collaging Our Everyday: Multimedia Art Workshop
Teaching Artist-in-Residence Tijay Mohammed invites participants to create mixed-media collages about their daily experiences, such as shopping, sports, parties, and other social occasions, while discussing similarities and differences among how diverse groups experience these activities and events. He will draw attention to examples of historical barriers to full and free participation, such as the Inkwell Beach on Martha’s Vineyard and subsequent myths, while encouraging us to amuse ourselves in a party atmosphere with Derrick Adams’ series We Came to Party and Plan and Tables Turned and works from Self in the City: Highlights from the Collections of the HRM and Art Bridges.
Family Studio: Art
Share personal stories of joy and celebration while you make a collage of your daily experiences such as shopping, partying, sports, and social participation, inspired by Derrick Adams’ installation We Came to Party and Plan and works from the Museum’s collection related to celebration. Designed by Teaching Artist-in-Residence Tijay Mohammed.
Family Studio: Science
To mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the HRM’s science workshops will relate to our local ecology. This month, drop in and build a bird or squirrel nest, make a model plant leaf or a bee habitat, or just take a look at the microscopic life in water and soil.
12:30pm- One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure
On a trip from Sesame Street to the moon, Big Bird, Elmo, and friend Hu Hu Zhu discover that the planets are different from one another, but people on Earth love to fly kites! Learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, and the sun. 25 minutes, followed by Q&A. Ages 4-7.
2pm- The Sky Tonight
Learn what's going on in the sky the VERY night you see this live, interactive show. Ages 8-adult, 45-60 mins.
3:30pm- Habitat Earth
Habitat Earth Living networks connect and support life forms large and small—from colonies of tiny microbes and populations of massive whales to ever-expanding human societies. Discover what it means to live in today’s connected world. Dive below the ocean’s surface, travel beneath the forest floor, and journey to new heights to witness the intricate intersection between human and ecological networks. 25 minutes, followed by Q&A. Ages 8-adult.
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