On View in the Exhibition Gallery and throughout the Mansion
Hudson Hewn: New York Furniture Now
April 16– August 14, 2016
Boscobel House and Gardens is famous for its extraordinary collection of furniture made in New York between 1800 and 1820 by Duncan Phyfe and his contemporaries. For its 2016 special exhibition, Boscobel will celebrate the dynamic and ongoing tradition of making furniture in the Hudson Valley. Hudson Hewn: New York Furniture Now will feature locally made, contemporary furniture that is inspired by past and present, by nature and natural materials, and by the very acts of making and living with beautiful objects.
This groundbreaking exhibition will be installed in Boscobel’s Exhibition Gallery as well as in period interiors throughout the mansion. “The elegant rooms for which Boscobel is so famous present a legacy of art and craft that continues to the present,” notes Executive Director Steven Miller. “We are honored to place that heritage in a new context in this unprecedented exhibition.”
Since joining the Boscobel staff in 2015, Curator Jennifer Carlquist has been eager to draw attention to Boscobel’s permanent collection and connect it to living artists and designers. According to Ms. Carlquist, “Contemporary furniture can inform our understanding of antiques, and vice versa. I am thrilled to share with our visitors new furniture forms that visibly relate to Boscobel’s collection, and represent the exciting renaissance of Hudson Valley craftsmanship.”
Contributing artists and designers include Atlas Industries (Newburgh), Dzierlenga Furniture (Salt Point), Fern Handcrafted Furniture (Hudson), Josh Finn (High Falls), Rob Hare (Ulster Park), Asher Israelow (Brooklyn and Hudson), Nokolai Jacobs (Rosendale), Jeff Johnson (Poughkeepsie), Christopher Kurtz (Kingston), Mike Legget (Woodstock), Moran Woodworked Furniture (Gallatin), David R. Morton/Big Tree Woodowrks (Kingston), Samuel Moyer Furniture (Staatsburg), Munder-Skiles (Garrison), Pacama Handmade (Woodstock), Michael Puryear (Shokan), and Michael Robbins (Philmont). Like many of their early American counterparts, their work blurs the lines between decorative and fine art, craft, and sculpture.
Hudson Hewn will be open during regular museum hours April 16 through August 14, 2016 and is included with admission to the house or grounds. An illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition and be available for purchase in the Gift Shop.
Exhibition-related programs in 2016 include Boscobel’s Design Lecture Series, a “Meet the Makers” panel discussion, a Woodworking Demonstration Day and an Amazing Chair Workshop for children. See Calendar of Events for details and tickets.
Hudson Hewn: New York Furniture Now
Exhibition Catalogue $22
Own your own limited edition, 44-page, perfect bound catalogue that includes essay by Curator Jennifer Carlquist and 50 color furniture images with captions and comments from artists.
Or download catalogue here.
Hudson River School Artists Garden
By Greg Wyatt
A Gift of the Newington-Cropsey Foundation
Boscobel is installing a permanent sculpture garden honoring the 19th-century Hudson River School of Painting. Not a singular institution but a movement, this 19th-century endeavor was developed by artists inspired by the natural beauty of the Hudson River and the nearby Catskill and Adirondack Mountains. In time, the painters ventured well beyond this region, studying in Europe and traveling to America’s far west and the Canadian Rockies.
Upon completion, the Hudson River School Artists Garden will feature ten of the movement’s leading painters. These include: Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, Jasper Cropsey, Asher B. Durand, Albert Bierstadt, Sanford Gifford, Thomas Moran, Worthington Whittredge, George Inness and John Frederick Kensett.
Greg Wyatt, the sculptor of the garden’s bronze portraits, has a studio in Hastings-on-Hudson, appropriately located in the Hudson Valley region.
The project will be completed in the fall of 2017.