In the Exhibition Gallery at Boscobel
The Hudson River Portfolio:
A Beginning for the Hudson River School
August 3 – November 30, 2014
Curated by Steven Miller, Executive Director
Boscobel House & Gardens
This summer and fall Boscobel will show a suite of famous aquatints made between 1821 and 1825 and published in New York City, The Hudson River Portfolio. The images were for a subscription-based venture and contain 20 hand-colored prints. Each picture is about 20 by 30 inches and depicts an iconic view along the river from north of Troy south to Governor’s Island.
The exhibit is augmented with a bound copy of the entire Portfolio on loan from Historic Hudson Valley, Pocantico Hills, NY and ceramics depicting Portfolio views on loan from Post Road Gallery, Larchmont, NY.
The portfolio is on loan from the Museum of the City of New York where for sixteen years Steven Miller was curator of paintings, prints and photographs. In conjunction with the exhibit, Boscobel will publish a catalogue illustrating each print. It will have a scholarly essay by Nicole Simpson. In addition to being offered for general use, these are distributed free to art and academic libraries.
Published by Henry I. Megarey of New York City between the years 1821-1825, the prints were executed by John Hill based on watercolors specifically made for the portfolio by William G. Wall. Historic Hudson Valley has a rebound volume of the portfolio which Boscobel will borrow to give a sense of how they were presented when the product was originally completed.
The Hudson River Portfolio was unusual for its day and set a precedent for such endeavors. The views presaged the establishment of the Hudson River Valley as an inspirational source of artistic imagery.
This exhibition is open for viewing during regular business hours August 3 through November 30, 2014 and is free with paid admission to the house or grounds.
On the Grounds at Boscobel
Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit
April – October 2014
CURRENT was established in 2007 to bring high caliber outdoor sculpture to the local and surrounding communities and to raise funds for the Garrison Art Center Gillette Scholarship Fund, making possible financial assistance to children, teens and adults for summer arts programs and classes throughout the year. Its 7th year at Boscobel, CURRENT 2014 features two sculptors, Grace Knowlton and Gil Hawkins, both of whom have works across the Hudson in the collection of Storm King Art Center and Sculpture Park, another unparalleled pastoral expanse.
Gracing Boscobel’s south field, Grace Knowlton’s spheres–for which she is so well known—are unlikely dance partners for Boscobel’s fountain that shoots forcefully up out of the pond towering above them a good 50 feet. The spheres, some four feet in diameter, sit quietly, albeit evocatively, on the grassy dance floor. They are wrought of mesh wire, ceramic and concrete which invite and expose the marks left behind by passing time.
Although Knowlton is a world-renowned sculptor, she was originally trained as a painter in the 1950s, and still works in numerous mediums. She is known, too, for her wit, and her essay “How to Draw Wrong” belongs in the canon of great art writing and art instruction. Long traveling freely between bodies of work, media and practices, her work appears in many public and private collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art and, of course, Storm King Art Center. In her own puckish words, the spheres “are created by an ancient technique involving the laying on of hands. They bear witness to time and place and the passing of seasons and seem comfortably at home on this rest stop of their journey in time.”
Gil Hawkins presents a series of totems that are a tribute to the watery landscape of CURRENT that is the powerful Hudson River. Hawkins, a life-long sculptor and teacher, trained at the Arts Student’s League and the Philadelphia College of Art. Hawkins has had a long association with the Storm King Art Center and his early constructivist work is a part of its permanent collection. In CURRENT 2014 two totems serve as welcoming sentries to the Boscobel Rose Garden entrance, while the remainder of the series leads visitors around the garden telling a visual story all the way to the majestic Hudson River backdrop that is the crème de la crème of the Boscobel vistas.
Boscobel Executive Director, Steve Miller claims, ““Boscobel is pleased to partner with Garrison Art Center to host two renowned sculptors of superb quality and impact. The art of Grace Knowlton and Gil Hawkins is ideally suited to our beautiful landscape. We look forward to welcoming visitors as they stroll the grounds and enjoy both the natural and artistic creativity on view.”
CURRENT 2014 runs through October 17, 2014 and is included in your paid admission to Boscobel. Pack a picnic or purchase one in the Carriage House, hike the trail, tour the mansion and stroll the gardens – spend the day at Boscobel for an experience in the environment and culture of the Hudson Valley like no other.