Past Exhibitions

2014

Exhibit Series
Best of SUNY 2014

5/31/14 - 8/31/14
The 2014 Best of SUNY Student Art Exhibition presents artwork selected by a panel of jurors from the fall 2013 and the spring 2014 student art exhibitions. The Museum exhibition features ... (more)

Building a Collection: The E. Martin Wunsch New York State Decorative Arts Collection
11/16/13 - 7/6/14
Since 1969, the decorative and fine arts collections of the New York State Museum have been enhanced by generous donations from the Wunsch Americana Foundation Inc. under the direction of Eric Martin ... (more)

Exhibit Series
New York and the First New Deal

1/30/14 - 7/6/14
Amidst the Great Depression, the extraordinary response of New York Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt made the state a proving ground of sorts for his New Deal, restored confidence ... (more)

Exhibit Series
CANstruction

4/9/14 - 4/24/14
This special exhibition will transform the museum's fourth floor into Storytown where "can-made" fairytales, fables and fantasies will help turn the page in our fight ... (more)


Exhibit Series
An Irrepressible Conflict: The Empire State in the Civil War

9/22/12 - 3/23/14
The pivotal role New York State played in the war is the focus of this 7,000-square-foot exhibition. As the wealthiest and most populous state, the Empire State led all others in supplying men, money, ... (more)

Exhibit Series
Sanford Gifford's Civil War

11/9/13 - 3/23/14
Sanford Gifford's Civil War chronicles the wartime experience of New York State native and renowned Hudson River School painter, Sanford Robinson Gifford, who served during the war with ... (more)

Exhibit Series
60 from the 60s

12/12/13 - 3/9/14
60 from the 60s features 60 prints from the 1960s by 10 of the most significant photographers of that eventful decade, offering a dynamic look at photography of the era. Many of the photographers were ... (more)

Exhibit Series
60 from the 60s

12/12/13 - 3/9/14
60 from the 60s features 60 prints from the 1960s by 10 of the most significant photographers of that eventful decade, offering a dynamic look at photography of the era. Many of the photographers were ... (more)


Exhibit Series
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1962 Speech

2/1/14 - 3/2/14
A recent discovery at the New York State Museum has revealed the only known audio recording of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s address to the New York Civil War Centennial Commission on September ... (more)

Exhibit Series
Weather Event

11/2/13 - 2/23/14
Weather Event focuses on Charles E. Burchfield’s depictions of the weather south of Lake Erie, where the artist lived for most of his life. Individual weather events are examined through both ... (more)


2013

Russel Wright: The Nature of Design
5/4/13 - 12/31/13
Russel Wright: The Nature of Design explores the work and philosophy of renowned industrial designer Russel Wright, whose former home in the Hudson Valley—Manitoga—is now a ... (more)

Russel Wright: The Nature of Design
4/5/13 - 12/31/13
Russel Wright: The Nature of Design explores the work and philosophy of renowned industrial designer Russel Wright, whose former home in the Hudson Valley—Manitoga—is now a ... (more)

Exhibit Series
9/11 Flag from FDNY Engine 6 Pumper

9/10/13 - 12/31/13
On September 11, 2001, six firefighters from the FDNY Engine 6 Company were dispatched to the World Trade Center where they hooked the Engine 6 Pumper into a Trade Center standpipe on West Street. Four ... (more)

I Shall Think of You Often: The Civil War Story of Doctor and Mary Tarbell
3/30/13 - 9/22/13
Childhood sweethearts Doctor Tarbell and Mary Lucy Conant met one another at a very young age while attending school in Groton, Tompkins County. Their ... (more)


Best of SUNY 2013
6/15/13 - 9/15/13
The 2013 Best of SUNY Student Art Exhibition presents artwork selected by a panel of jurors from the fall 2012 and the spring 2013 student art exhibitions. The Museum exhibition features ... (more)

Derby Doings
6/1/13 - 9/1/13
Coinciding with the Annual Capital District All-American Soap Box Derby, this exhibition features two prized derby cars. The first, designed by Richard F. Russell, was built and ... (more)

Gordon Parks: 100 Moments
1/26/13 - 5/19/13
Gordon Parks: 100 Moments celebrates a photographer who transformed the visual story of America with his ever-questioning lens, highlighting—in particular—the significance ... (more)

Eugene Ludins: An American Fantasist
2/16/13 - 5/12/13
This retrospective exhibition spans the 70-year career of artist Eugene Ludins, beginning with his residency at the Maverick colony in Woodstock in 1929. Ludins was a leading member of the Hudson Valley ... (more)


New York's Goodwill Moon Rock!
12/19/12 - 3/17/13
This exhibition features fragments of moon rock brought back to Earth by Apollo 17. When Apollo 17 returned from the moon on December 19, 1972 it made the record books for several reasons. ... (more)

Exhibit Series
Seneca Ray Stoddard: Capturing the Adirondacks

6/29/12 - 2/24/13
Our 21st-century appreciation of the Adirondacks is certainly derived from this area’s obvious natural beauty.  That perception has also been influenced by the descriptions ... (more)

Exhibit Series
The Marshall House Flag

10/24/12 - 2/24/13
Shortly after the Confederates bombarded Fort Sumter, South Carolina, in April 1861, James Jackson hoisted an extremely large Confederate national flag onto a 40-foot-tall flagpole atop ... (more)

New York's Goodwill Moon Rock!
12/19/12 - 2/10/13
This exhibition features fragments of moon rock brought back to Earth by Apollo 17. When Apollo 17 returned from the moon on December 19, 1972 it made the record books for several reasons. ... (more)


Exhibit Series
1934: A New Deal for Artists

10/19/12 - 1/20/13
During the Great Depression, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt promised a "new deal for the American people," initiating government programs to foster economic recovery. Roosevelt's ... (more)


2012

Exhibit Series
Seneca Ray Stoddard: Capturing the Adirondacks

6/29/12 - 12/31/12
Our 21st-century appreciation of the Adirondacks is certainly derived from this area’s obvious natural beauty.  That perception has also been influenced by the descriptions ... (more)

Best of SUNY Student Art Exhibition
6/2/12 - 9/3/12
The 2012 Best of SUNY Student Art Exhibition presents artwork selected by a panel of jurors from the fall 2011 and the spring 2012 student art exhibitions. The Museum exhibition features ... (more)

New York Discovery: A New Study of an Extinct Bird
5/2/12 - 6/1/12
Genetic Studies on the Carolina Parakeet Reveals Evolutionary Origins The Carolina Parakeet became extinct before any systematic study ... (more)

From the Collections
7/15/11 - 4/30/12
The New York State Museum traces its origins to an 1836 survey of the state’s geology, plants, and animals. To celebrate 175 years of adding to the scientific and historical knowledge of New York, ... (more)


Reflecting on September 11, 2001
9/9/11 - 4/28/12
Before the Fall: Remembering the World Trade Center  Beginning in 1997, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) sponsored artist residencies at the World Trade ... (more)

Shadow and Substance: African American Images from The Burns Archive
10/15/11 - 3/31/12
Since the early years of photography, African Americans appeared in front of and behind the camera. In some images, they were the loving focus of the picture. In others, the photographer ... (more)

An Ancient Devonian Forest: A 385-million-year-old Forest Finally Uncovered in Gilboa, New York
3/1/12 - 3/20/12
In Gilboa, NY, scientists have been finding fossil Eospermatopteris tree stump casts for over 150 years. As new material has come to light interpretation of this early forest has changed. The March 1, ... (more)

Marking Time: Voyage to Vietnam
11/11/11 - 2/26/12
Marking Time: Voyage to Vietnam offers insight into the thoughts and feelings of young Americans going to war during the 1960s, a turbulent time in our nation’s history. This unique, ... (more)



2011

The Artists' I
10/8/11 - 10/15/11
The Artists' I explores the essence of all things creative that an artist draws upon. Whether the artist is inspired by beauty, a place in time or a particular story, the “I” is the movement ... (more)

The Landscape of Memory - Prints by Frank C. Eckmair
11/19/10 - 10/15/11
The Landscape of Memory explores a singular artistic vision through the Museum’s collection of works by Frank C. Eckmair. An internationally recognized printmaker, Eckmair has an intimate affinity ... (more)

The 1911 Capitol Fire
3/19/11 - 8/15/11
In the early morning hours of March 29, 1911, a fire broke out in the northwest corner of the New York State Capitol. The fast-moving flames claimed the life of an elderly night watchman ... (more)

Best of SUNY Student Art Exhibition
6/3/11 - 8/6/11
The 2011 Best of SUNY Student Art Exhibition presents artwork selected by a panel of jurors from the fall 2010 and the spring 2011 student art exhibitions. The exhibition features a wide ... (more)


Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants
1/29/11 - 4/9/11
Small yet abundant, with complex and wildly diverse lifestyles, ants are everywhere, living lives mostly hidden from our view. What if we could see into their world . . . on their level? Now, with the ... (more)

Citizen Soldier: New York's National Guard in the American Century
5/28/10 - 3/26/11
Since its inception, New York has been guided by the principle that its defense lies in the hands of its citizenry. From militiamen defending their homes on the colonial frontier to individuals ... (more)

Not Just Another Pretty Place: The Landscape of New York
9/3/10 - 3/19/11
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 ... (more)


2010

Focus on Nature XI: Natural History Illustration Exhibition
4/12/10 - 10/31/10
Focus on Nature (FON) is an international, juried, biennial exhibition of scientific, natural and cultural history that began in 1990. A five-person jury consisting of both scientists and artists selects ... (more)

Birds of New York and the Paintings of Louis Agassiz Fuertes
1/30/10 - 10/11/10
This exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the publication of Birds of New York, one of the most popular books issued in the State Museum’s history. The exhibition features ... (more)

Derby Doings: The All-American Soap Box Derby
6/2/10 - 8/15/10
The Capital District Soap Box Derby will hold its annual competition in front of the State Museum on Madison Avenue, Saturday, June 12th and Sunday, June 13th with an awards ceremony in ... (more)

Bank of America Great Art Series - Seeing Ourselves: Masterpieces of American Photography from George Eastman House Collection
2/12/10 - 5/9/10
This exhibition from George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, presents photographic masterpieces that capture historic and contemporary moments in American history. The exhibition represents ... (more)


Women Who Rocked the Vote
3/1/10 - 4/30/10
This installation featuring artifacts and images from the Women's Suffrage movement of the early 20th century, opens in time for Women's History Month. The exhibit features two large artifacts ... (more)

"This Great Nation Will Endure" Photographs of the Great Depression
10/1/09 - 3/14/10
Curated and designed by staff at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York, this traveling exhibition features more than 150 images of America taken between 1935 ... (more)

1609
7/3/09 - 3/7/10
Two worlds collided in 1609 when Henry Hudson and the Dutch sailed up the “great river” and met the Native People of New York. This exhibition introduces visitors to information ... (more)

Bank of America Great Art Series - Through the Eyes of Others: African Americans and Identity in American Art
9/8/09 - 1/6/10
What does American art tell us about American attitudes toward race? Through the Eyes of Others: African Americans and Identity in American Art explores the complicated issues surrounding ... (more)


Berenice Abbott's Changing New York: A Triumph of Public Art
6/13/09 - 1/3/10
In 1929, after eight years in Europe, photographer Berenice Abbott (1898–1991) returned to New York City. She was inspired by its dramatic ... (more)


2009

Mapping the Birds of New York : The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in New York State
10/3/08 - 8/16/09
Of the more than 450 bird species that have been seen in New York, about 245 nest here. The New York State Breeding Bird Atlas projects have mapped where each of those species breeds in the state. The ... (more)

Bank of America Great Art Series - Rockwell Kent: This Is My Own
11/22/08 - 7/5/09
Artist Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) once said that “art is no more than the shadow cast by a man’s own stature.” This exhibition of materials from the State University of ... (more)

Invaders
4/15/08 - 3/15/09
Hundreds of species of non-native plants, animals, and viruses live here in New York State. Most of these newcomers have little or no effect on the biological ... (more)

My Brothers' Thread: Fiber Works by and for Men of the African Diaspora
12/21/08 - 3/1/09
My Brothers’ Thread: Fiber Works by and for Men of the African Diaspora gathers artists of diverse cultural backgrounds, from Harlem to Trinidad to Newark, to show that a single thread ... (more)


Textural Rhythms: Constructing the Jazz Tradition
12/21/08 - 3/1/09
This traveling exhibition unites the two most well-known and popular artistic forms in African American culture: jazz and quilting. Jazz, like quilting, is a woven art form. Both genres ... (more)

Light on New Netherland
12/12/08 - 2/8/09
New Netherland—the Dutch province that stretched from today’s New York state to parts of Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut—existed for 55 years, and its legacy lives ... (more)


2008

Bank of America Great Art Series - Latin American and Caribbean Art: Selected Highlights from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art
5/17/08 - 10/13/08
The Museum of Modern Art has been collecting art from Latin America and the Caribbean since the early 1930s, and it has become the leading institution collecting such art in the world. Through its Latin ... (more)

Rockefeller at 100
7/8/08 - 10/12/08
The New York State Museum, Archives, and Library, in conjunction with the Office of General Services’ Plaza Art Collection, celebrate the 100th anniversary of Nelson A. Rockefeller’s ... (more)

Focus on Nature X: Natural History Illustration
4/17/08 - 9/7/08
Focus on Nature X is a juried exhibition of natural and cultural history illustration, organized by the Museum and featuring works from around the world. Artists depict biological, geological, ... (more)

2008 Best of SUNY Student Art Exhibition
5/4/08 - 9/1/08
The 2008 Best of SUNY Student Art Exhibition is a juried show featuring 62 works selected from more than 200 artistic pieces submitted to the SUNY student art exhibitions at the State University Plaza ... (more)


Expressions in Blue: A Feeling, A Place, A Color, A Sound
11/17/07 - 3/16/08
Presented by Black Dimensions in Art, Inc., this exhibition features works of 22 artists of the African Diaspora. The artists express their sense of the unusual by interpreting the word “blue,” ... (more)

Look-Alikes
The Amazing World of Joan Steiner

5/5/07 - 3/2/08
“Come visit a land of wild surprises, where common objects wear disguises!” When it comes to Look-Alikes, there is much more than meets the eye. Joan Steiner, an artist from ... (more)

Cast Images: American Bronze Sculpture from The Metropolitan Museum of Art
10/20/07 - 2/24/08
The centuries-old tradition of casting bronze into sculptural form was established in the United States by 1850 and reached its apogee in the early decades of the 20th century. Sculptors ... (more)


2007

unseenamerica NYS
pictures of working lives taken by working hands

6/2/07 - 10/21/07
unseenamerica NYS is an innovative arts project where seeing and being seen become the subject and object of original photographs. Dozens of workers-including janitors, bus drivers, construction workers, ... (more)

2007 Best of SUNY Student Art Exhibition
5/19/07 - 9/3/07
The 2007 Best of SUNY Student Art Exhibition is a juried show featuring seventy-five works selected from more than 200 pieces in the fall and spring SUNY student art exhibitions held at ... (more)

Alex Katz - Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art
3/31/07 - 8/19/07
This exhibition of the work of renowned American artist Alex Katz comprises more than 30 objects, all drawn from the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. ... (more)

Freedom's Treasures
7/4/07 - 7/6/07
The pursuit of freedom, a profoundly American story, is richly illustrated in treasures belonging to the people of New York State. Our founding fathers-including George Washington, whose personal belongings ... (more)


Ska-Ni-Kwat: The Power of the Good Mind
Iroquois Beadwork

11/4/06 - 4/15/07
Ska-Ni-Kwat presents two traditional Iroquois outfits, newly made through an international collaborative project involving participants of all ages, ethnicities, and national identities. ... (more)

Frederick Douglass Letters
2/9/07 - 3/9/07
Six letters written by Frederick Douglass, former slave and prominent abolitionist, will be on exhibit in the East Hall of the New York State Museum. The letters provide valuable insight into antislavery ... (more)

Preserving Family History: The Heritage of an Albany County Family
2/11/06 - 3/4/07
Families preserve their history by saving documents and possessions from previous generations. What inspires a family to preserve these mementos from the past, and what are the types of objects ... (more)

REPRESENT: Selections from The Studio Museum in Harlem
9/9/06 - 2/25/07
Centered around three distinct yet interrelated eras in the Studio Museum’s history—the Harlem Renaissance, the politically and socially charged 1960s and 70s and the vibrant contemporary ... (more)


Running for Governor
New York Election Campaign Collections 1977 to 2006

1/1/07 - 1/15/07
Since 1777, more than 300 individuals have thrown their hat in the ring to become governor of New York State. Every election, from that of George Clinton to Eliot Spitzer, can be seen as a snapshot of ... (more)

Chocolate: The Exhibition
9/17/06 - 1/7/07
A unique tree in a lush tropical environment.  A seed so precious it was used as money.  A spicy drink and a sweet snack.  Chocolate is all this…and much more.  ... (more)


2006

Focus on Nature IX
4/20/06 - 9/10/06
Focus on Nature IX is a juried exhibition of natural and cultural history illustration, organized by the Museum and featuring work from around the world. Its artists depict biological, geological, ... (more)

COM.EN.ART
4/20/06 - 8/30/06
COM.EN.ART, which stands for community, environment, and art, is an annual artist-in-residency at the Edmund Niles Huyck Preserve in Rensselaerville, NY. Professional and aspiring natural history ... (more)

Op Art Revisited: Selections from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
4/8/06 - 8/13/06
Op Art, also known to as "Optical Art," refers to the work of a growing group of abstract painters in the early 1960s who utilized parallel lines, concentric circles, and electric colors ... (more)

Best of SUNY Student Art Exhibition 2005-2006
5/13/06 - 8/6/06
The Best of SUNY Student Art Exhibition is a juried show featuring sixty works selected from the more than 200 pieces in the Fall 2005 and Spring 2006 SUNY student art exhibitions held at the ... (more)


Miracles: New York's Greatest Sports Moments
10/15/05 - 3/26/06
New Yorkers have witnessed historic events in every major U.S. sport. From boxing, horse racing and soccer to basketball, baseball, football and hockey. From bicycling and golf to tennis and running. ... (more)

Driven to Abstraction: Contemporary Work by American Artists
1/28/06 - 3/26/06
During the early years of Abstract Expressionism in post-World War II America, gifted     trailblazers like Hale Woodruff, Norman Lewis, and Harlan Jackson  demonstrated—contrary ... (more)

Bank of America Great Art Series - The World in Brooklyn: Selections from the Brooklyn Museum
11/19/05 - 3/6/06
For more than 180 years, the Brooklyn Museum has been central to the cultural life of Brooklyn, serving its citizens through education and the arts. As Brooklyn evolved from a small village into ... (more)

Anne Sane Shanks: Behind the Lens
5/14/05 - 2/26/06
This exhibition explores the rich and varied career of Ann Zane Shanks, a Brooklyn-born photographer who has brought her considerable artistic and entrepreneurial gifts to photojournalism, publishing, ... (more)


Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers
10/15/05 - 1/8/06
Sports: Breaking Resords, Breaking Barriers is a new Smithsonian exhibition that celebrates the pioneering men and women who dominated their sports, championed their country, race, or gender, and helped ... (more)


2005

MAMMALS REVEALED: DISCOVERY AND DOCUMENTATION OF SECRETIVE CREATURES
1/1/05 - 12/31/05
Mammals Revealed is a new exhibition showing how scientists study wild mammals and share their discoveries. The museum's curator of mammals, Dr. Roland Kays, leads visitors through the diverse ... (more)

Beijing: Ancient City, Modern City
10/1/05 - 12/31/05
Photography is a means to record history, keeping fresh both the old and the new. Beijing is an ancient city with a rich cultural heritage of thousands of years. Its traditional culture profoundly ... (more)

Help is Here
11/20/04 - 9/11/05
In the 21st century, we expect emergency medical help to come to the aid of the seriously ill or injured, no matter where they are. It has not always been this way. Until the 19th century, emergency ... (more)

Extra Ordinary: The Everyday Object in American Art, Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art
4/2/05 - 7/10/05
Building flexibility through spreading knowledge and self-organization, the vitality of conceptual synergies is of supreme importance to experience a profound paradigm shift. The components and ... (more)



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