Summer Fun in the Hudson Valley 2011
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Thistle by Tim Prentice, Garrison Art Center
Experience art in the outdoors at one of several Valley locales. The region’s premier sculpture park, the 500-acre Storm King Art Center, features dozens of large-scale works by modern masters like Alexander Calder, Maya Lin, and David Smith set amidst the rolling hills of the Hudson Highlands. This summer, the site reprises its 2010 show, 5+5: New Perspectives, which spotlights recent works by 12 artists. Inside the visitor center you can see The View from Here: Storm King at Fifty, an exhibit that explores the art center’s 50-year history using video installations, photographs, maquettes, and archival documents. New this year: a gallery devoted to the works of noted sculptor Mark di Suvero.
Visitors to Boscobel can take in Current 2011, mounted by the Garrison Art Center. Works created by 11 contemporary artists — including a site-specific sculpture by Martha Posner — are on view throughout the grounds of the historic house museum from May 27 through Oct. 10. (Be sure to check it out especially if you’ve got tickets to the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.) Posner’s work is also featured at the art center’s gallery at Garrison Landing.
Storm King Art Center (Mountainville)
Open Wed.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., through Nov. 5 (10 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov. 6-15)
Open daily, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., through Nov.
Other opportunities to view art outdoors:
Opus 40 (Saugerties)
Created from the remnants of a bluestone quarry, this six-acre site features fitted-stone terraces, ramps, and fountains hand-carved by sculptor Harvey Fite.
The Fields Sculpture Park at Omi International (Ghent)
Like Storm King, this 300-acre site is home to more than 60 contemporary sculptures by artists from around the globe.