The landscape of New York State is unparalleled in its rich variety and beauty. The mountains, valleys and rivers as well as the beaches, towns and cities of New York have been a subject of interest to artists, photographers, historians, and scientists alike for hundreds of years. Whether documenting the landscape for political and scientific reasons or creating beautiful paintings for contemplation and admiration, residents and visitors have been fascinated by the unique vistas of this great state.
Not Just Another Pretty Place explores the many ways the landscape of New York State has been recorded, romanticized, utilized, and imagined. The exhibition explores over 100 landscape scenes from the New York State Museum collections, including paintings, photographs, prints, ceramics, furniture, and much more.