England, Agateware jug, mid 19th century with later alterations. Collection of Andrew Baseman.


In the Exhibition Gallery and Mansion This Season:
Make-Do’s: Curiously Repaired Antiques
June 3 – October 1, 2017

Boscobel House and Gardens’ 2016 exhibition, Hudson Hewn: New York Furniture Now, earned popular appeal and critical acclaim. The museum plans to build on that success in 2017 with Make-Do’s: Curiously Repaired Antiques, the first major exhibition focused on historic attempts to reduce, reuse, and recycle.


Make-dos include everyday household remnants, such as porcelain teapots with silver replacement spouts and/or tin handles. They also include treasured relics, such as a decanter riddled with staples that was once owned by Washington Irving. More than 100 examples will be drawn from local, private and public collections. At some point in their history these objects met with calamity, and yet, were deemed too precious to discard. They invite curiosity: Were they repaired for practical, sentimental, or aesthetic reasons?

Boscobel is the ideal organizer of Make-Do’s, as Boscobel itself is a kind of make-do. The original 1804-08 Neoclassical mansion was partially demolished in 1955, but—thanks to dedicated preservationists—reassembled and repurposed as a museum. Like Boscobel, make-do’s illustrate the complex relationships between everyday people and the things that they choose to save.

Make-Do’s: Curiously Repaired Antiques will be open during regular museum hours June 3 through October 1, 2017 and is included with admission to the house or grounds. An illustrated catalogue with essays by Curator Jennifer Carlquist and collector/designer Andrew Baseman will accompany the exhibition and be available for purchase in the Gift Shop. Exhibition-related programs include lectures, a “Repair Café” for community members co-organized with the Desmond-Fish Library, and a panel discussion moderated by design historian Glenn Adamson.

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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.

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