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.
Wall Power! Spectacular Quilts from the American Folk Art Museum (June 18–September 26, 2021)
As an art form, quilts have deep roots in American life and experience. For more than three centuries, the artists, primarily women, have created highly individualized expressions in this medium that is both yielding and unforgiving, challenging the maker to test the limits imposed by cutting and piecing bits of fabric.
The very fine selection of quilts on view in Wall Power! Spectacular Quilts from the American Folk Art Museum is from the distinctive collection of the American Folk Art Museum in New York City. They range across time and place from the mid-nineteenth to the late twentieth century, from Alabama to Pennsylvania. The four sections of the exhibition highlight early twentieth-century quilts from a period of craft revival, designs developed by Amish communities, examples by African American makers, and traditional nineteenth-century patterns that formed a foundation for generations of quiltmakers to come.
This exhibition was organized by the American Folk Art Museum, New York, and supported in part by the Bresler Foundation, the David Davies and Jack Weeden Fund for Exhibitions, and the Council for Traditional Folk Art. Originally curated for installation at the American Folk Art Museum, August 6–September 1, 2019, by Stacy C. Hollander. Tour coordinated by Emelie Gevalt, Curator of Folk Art, the American Folk Art Museum. At the Hudson River Museum, the exhibition is generously sponsored by The Coby Foundation, Ltd.
Collection Spotlight: Storied Quilts from the Hudson River Museum (June 18–September 26, 2021)
In conjunction with Wall Power! the Hudson River Museum displays five important quilts from its own collection of thirty examples in Collection Spotlight: Storied Quilts from the Hudson River Museum. The textiles on view range from the 1840s to the 1990s, from appliquéd and pieced patterns made of printed cottons to whimsical designs made of jewel-toned satin and velvet. In addition to aesthetic merit and meticulous craftsmanship, the quilts have well-documented histories, something rare in older quilts, whose stories are often lost to time.
These quilts from the HRM collection are presented in honor of the late Mayor of Yonkers Angelo R. Martinelli, a major supporter of the Woman’s Institute of Yonkers. The exhibition is generously sponsored by The Coby Foundation, Ltd.
Richard Haas: Circles in Space (June 25, 2021–January 9, 2022)
In his most recent series of paintings and drawings on view in Richard Haas: Circles in Space , the artist explores intersections between abstraction, color theory, and the geometry of the universe, bringing together passions and preoccupations from throughout his long career.
Haas also drew inspiration from Hubble Space Telescope photos, which he had first seen in the 1990s. The forms and colors in these images, which had been enhanced for publication, reminded him of the early twentieth-century color experiments of artists Wassily Kandinsky, Robert and Sonia Delaunay, and Stanton MacDonald-Wright. He writes, “the Hubble Space Telescope’s views of outer space . . . expanded my sense of the scale of the universe dramatically as I realized that my miniscule human mind could not really contemplate its expanse, its frightening beauty and our relationship to it.”
Jack Stuppin: The Beginning of My World (July 2, 2021–January 2, 2022)
Jack Stuppin (American, b. 1933), renowned for vibrant landscape paintings of Northern California, grew up in Yonkers and returns again and again to reconnect with the formative Hudson Valley scenery of his youth. This exhibition highlights nine oil paintings, ranging from 2008 to 2020, from an ongoing series the artist has called his “homage to the Hudson River School.” In works like Kaaterskill Falls, 2009, and Olana Trail, 2020, he celebrates his New York roots with the scenic, mountainous terrain first made famous by Hudson River School painters Thomas Cole and Frederic Church.
Stuppin begins these paintings with outdoor oil studies and chooses his favorites to enlarge in the studio. In these more finished works, the artist moves beyond a purely realistic interpretation and creates a world filled primarily with intensified hues of his own vision and sense of design. His intentionally simplified forms emphasize the solidity of the landscape, imparting the same unity of surface to topography, water, and sky. These paintings—filled with bright, super-enriched colors—fuse a certain folk-art primitiveness with deeply personal emotion.
Landscape Art & Virtual Travel: Highlights from the Collections of the HRM & Art Bridges (August 28, 2020 - February 6, 2022)
At a time when the pandemic has forced us to redefine tourism, Landscape Art and Virtual Travel celebrates artists’ striking ability to transport us to real and imaginary places. Experiencing nature—including through images—benefits us emotionally and physically, demonstrating just one of the ways in which art has a uniquely beneficial impact on our lives. Landscape Art and Virtual Travel and its related programs addressed questions such as how we define landscape and how it defines us; the power of nature to soothe and refresh us; how our presence intentionally and unintentionally changes it. Ultimately, we believe that landscape art encourages a thoughtful consideration and an expanded appreciation of our relationship with our environment, and with each other, both of which can offer wholesome respite in these difficult times.
The Hudson River Museum is honored to continue a partnership with Art Bridges for a third 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. Support for this exhibition is provided by Art Bridges.
We are thrilled to welcome back audiences to our newly renovated HRM Planetarium!. On Saturday, September 18, enjoy Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda (12:30pm), which tells the story in the stars of beautiful Andromeda, who is punished by the gods for her mother’s bragging, sacrificed to a sea monster, and then rescued by Perseus. Recommended for ages 8+, 25-minute show. And, The Sky Tonight (2pm), a live tour of the sky as seen from our area. Every show is unique, with topics ranging from visible planets, bright stars, and the Milky Way, to periodic comets, seasonal constellations, black holes, alien planets, rocket launches, meteor showers, satellite spotting, and more! Recommended for ages 8+, 60 minutes.
Capacity is currently limited to 60 seats per show (50%) and masks will be required in the planetarium until further notice; advance tickets are strongly encouraged.
Glenview Historic Home Tours
Welcome back to Glenview! At 1 and 3pm, take a Guided Tour of Glenview and experience what life was like in 1877 and explore six fully restored period rooms, including Yonkers' favorite dollhouse, Nybelwyck Hall. See new paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts on view, and a dynamic floral-themed table setting designed by Debra Blair Design. Maximum of 12 visitors per tour; masks are required. Advance ticket purchase is strongly suggested.
Community Sewing Circles
From 1-4pm, Learn some basic quiltmaking skills from Village Square Quilters, including how to select fabric and stitch together small blocks. Help create a quilt that will be donated to Furnitureshare House, a non-profit organization that collects and distributes furniture to families transitioning into permanent housing. Recommended for ages 12+.
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