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The New York State Museum, in collaboration with the Shaker Museum in Mount Lebanon, Hancock Shaker Village, and the Shaker Heritage Society (Albany), as well as the State Library and State Archives, present the exhibition
The Shakers: America’ Quiet Revolutionaries
Museum Open Tuesday-Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
New York State Museum, Cultural Education Center, 260 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY 12230
Admission: The NYS Museum is free. Donations are accepted at the door
The exhibition details one of the most significant and influential communal religious groups in American History. Artifacts from these preeminent Shaker collections will be exhibited together for the first time at the New York State Museum in November 2014. The Shakers launched a revolution parallel to the American Colonies’ struggle against British rule. As they sought religious freedom in America, their spiritual practices and community focus set them apart from greater society. Their devotional routines as well as their product innovations, marketing acumen and views towards gender equality seemed “revolutionary” to the outside world. Thematically divided into six areas, the exhibit will show how the Shakers’ unique model of an equal society challenged the norms of the new nation.

November 15, 2014 — March 6, 2016

Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) presents the exhibition
SAVING PLACE
Fifty Years of New York City Landmarks

10:00 a.m.-6 p.m.
Museum of City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue (at 103rd Street), New York, NY 10029
Suggested Admission: Adults: $14 Seniors, students: $10 (with ID); Self-guided student groups: $3/person; Ages 19 and under: Free; Members: Free
The Museum of the City of New York presents SAVING PLACE: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks, a comprehensive exhibition exploring the roots and impact of a landmark preservation movement that has transformed the City and been an engine of New York’s growth and success. Many believe New York’ pioneering Landmarks Law, enacted in April 1965, was the key factor in the rebirth of New York in the final quarter of the 20th century. It fostered pride in neighborhoods and resulted in neighborhood preservation in every borough, connecting and motivating residents and bringing new economic life to older communities. It ensured that huge swaths of the city remain a rich complex of new and old. It also ensured the creative re-use of countless buildings. At the same time, a new body of important architecture has emerged as architects, clients, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission devised innovative solutions for the renovation of landmark buildings and for new buildings in historic districts. The law spawned creativity in architects’ responses to building preservation that has enhanced the cityscape in all five boroughs. Through original documents, drawings, paintings, photographs, building pieces, and more, the exhibition surveys how the landmarks movement developed in New York, going back to early preservation efforts in the beginning of the 20th century. At large tables in the center of the exhibition gallery, visitors will see models and building samples showing the restoration of landmarks all over the city, the creation of new architecture in historic districts, and the addition of new buildings atop or next to landmarks. Examples include models of Diane von Furstenberg’s offices in the Meatpacking District and Norman Foster’s glass skyscraper atop the Art Deco Hearst Building. Also included in the exhibition are architectural fragments from the destroyed Pennsylvania Station and other buildings, maps, infographics, and interactive opportunities to explore landmarks in the city. Saving Place is curated by Donald Albrecht, the Museum’s Curator for Architecture and Design, and Andrew S. Dolkart, the Director of the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia University, with consulting curator Seri Worden, formerly Director of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation.
The Museum will offer an ambitious menu of public programs in conjunction with the exhibition, ranging from a symposium on April 20, to discussions, to lectures, to walking tours. The Museum’s Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children’s Center has designed special programs for students and teachers. Visit the website for more details on upcoming programs.


April 21 —September 13, 2015

The Museum of the City of New York presents
Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival at the Museum of the City of New York
Open daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029, 212.534.1672
Discover New York as the Center of the Folk Music Renaissance
Honorary co-chairs: Oscar Brand, Judy Collins, Steve Earle, Nora Guthrie, Noel Stookey and Peter Yarrow
The Museum of the City of New York presents Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival, a celebration of the City’s role as the center of the folk music revival from its beginnings in the 1930s and 1940s to its heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, as well as its continuing legacy. With a wide array of memorabilia, including photos, video and sound recordings, the exhibition documents the music and movement that helped transform Greenwich Village and spread as a major cultural phenomenon.
“New York, which has been the source of so much creativity throughout its history, was central to the folk music revival that swept the country and became one of the remarkable phenemona of the 20th Century,” said Susan Henshaw Jones, Ronay Menschel Director of the Museum of the City of New York. “Folk music spawned a whole culture, and the legacy continues today in New York and far beyond. This exhibition and our related public programs explore the revival and will let visitors experience it in a fascinating and joyous way.”
Folk City will feature listening stations where visitors can hear a range of folk songs along with videos showcasing historic footage that capture the bohemian spirit of Greenwich Village in the 1950s and the national hootenanny craze of the 1960s. The exhibition also includes showcases rare archival photographs, concert posters and original instruments, including:
*Lead Belly’s 12-string guitar Odetta’s iconic guitar “Baby” along with one of her colorful kaftan dresses
The original handwritten manuscript of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind”
The napkin on which Eric Andersen wrote his “Thirsty Boots” lyrics
A trademark felt cap worn by Phil Ochs
Handwritten letters by Woody Guthrie and Peter Seeger, and more


Curated by Stephen Petrus, an Andrew W. Mellon post-doctoral fellow at the Museum, Folk City will look at the folk movement in four sections:
♦ The revival’s roots in the 1930s and 1940s, when singers—such as Woody Guthrie, Josh White, and Burl Ives—moved to New York, drawn by performance opportunities and the progressive political climate.
♦ The expansion of folk music culture in the 1950s, when the genre changed from an art form associated with leftist politics during the Red Scare—ensnaring many performers including Seeger—to a popular craze with mass appeal.
♦ The boom years in the late 1950s to the mid-1960s, when Greenwich Village was the focal point of the revival and culture due to the concentration of performance venues, including the exhibition’s eponymous Folk City.
♦ The legacy of the revival from 1965 to the present day, showing how the revival has continued and retained its relevancy through five decades. This includes the rise of ‘folk-rock’ and other folk trends after the ‘British Invasion’ and Dylan’s stunning turn to electric guitar in 1965. Folk City highlights visionary entrepreneurs who were committed to promoting folk music, including Mike Porco of Gerde’s Folk City, Izzy Young of the Folklore Center, and John Hammond of Columbia Records. The Greenwich Village performance spaces are shown as exciting venues and as incubators of a burgeoning counterculture. Artists from different backgrounds performed in Village clubs as well as in one of the city’s great communal gathering places, Washington Square Park, where they tried out both new music and new ideas that often challenged social conventions of the time. The Museum will offer a broad array of public programs in conjunction with the exhibition, including folk concerts and panel discussions. The Museum’s Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children’s Center has designed special programs for students and teachers, which have been made possible by a grant from the D’Addario Foundation.
The exhibition’s accompanying book, Folk City: New York and the American Folk Music Revival, by Stephen Petrus and historian Ronald D. Cohen, with a foreword by Peter Yarrow. Published by Oxford University Press, the book shows that folk music flowered in New York as a result of initiatives of musicians, record company producers and executives, radio show hosts, club owners, concert promoters, folklorists, managers, journalists, and audiences. Princeton University historian Sean Wilentz calls Folk City “the best history yet of the city’s influential folk music culture, packed with astonishing photos that finally see the light of day.”


June 17, 2015 — November 29, 2015

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art presents the
THE STORIES WE TELL: HUDSON VALLEY ARTISTS 2015
Curated by Mary-Kay Lombino
Opening reception: Saturday,June 20, 2015, 5-7 p.m.
Artist talk: Saturday, September 26, 2 p.m.
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Alice and Horace Chandler and North Galleries, Samuel Dorsksy Museum of Art, State University of New York, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, NY 12561, 845.257.3844
Suggested Donation: $5
The Hudson Valley has become known not only for its rich visual art but also for its strength in the literary arts. The region is steeped in its own narrative tales such as Washington Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” T.C. Boyle’s novel World’s End, and factual accounts of Henry Hudson’s voyage. The Stories We Tell provides a rare opportunity to examine the ways in which art and literature are closely related—both reflecting artistic practices of today as well as the role of the narrative structure in contemporary art. For Hudson Valley Artists 2015, artists are invited to submit work that considers the following questions. What is the difference between illustration and art that is shaped by narrative structure? How much is narrative a conscious or unconscious factor in an artist’s practice? How do stories factor into abstract art in which the narrative might be known only by the artist? The Stories We Tell: Hudson Valley Artists 2015 focuses on the narrative form of contemporary art and examines how stories shape our experience and our understanding of the world. Instinctively, we are all storytellers merging fiction with non-fiction and conflating the real with the imagined. Included artists: Sean Bayliss, Allen Bryan, Dina Bursztyn, Maureen Cummins, Tasha Depp, Marcia Due, Richard Edelman, Ben Fishman, Kevin Frank, Derek James, Tana Kellner, Virginia Lavado, Deb Lucke, Kathleen MacKenzie, Nestor Madalengoitia, Norman Magnusson, Matthew Maley, Perry Meigs, Phyllis Gay Palmer, Michael Rose, Phil Sigunick, Ken Tannenbaum, Jean Tansey, Jerry Thompson, Karen Whitman, and Tona Wilson.

June 20, 2015 —November 8, 2015

...and beyond
Ward Museum at Salisbury University presents
EXHIBITION: The Art of Sporting and Playing
Opening Reception May 16 during the Ward Museum̱s Festival of Delmarvalous Traditions
Ward Museum 909 South Schumaker Drive, Salisbury, Maryland 21804
Gallery Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 5 p.m.
The Delmarva Peninsula has been a vacation destination and playground for centuries, with tourists and locals alike drawn to its beaches, carnivals, hunting grounds, birding havens, and other attractions. The Art of Sporting and Playing celebrates those traditions, locations, and communities that make up the fun, high-spirited, and sometimes competitive side of Delmarva. From pony penning to fox hunting, carousel rides to muskrat skinning, this summertime exhibit in the Ward Museum’s LaMay Gallery will explore the art and artifacts that represent the region’s rich traditions of sport and play.

May 15, 2015 — September 20, 2015

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