Mammals Revealed: Discovery and Documentation of Secretive Creatures

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 toolbox of techniques used by field biologists with a series of photographs, video, and displays of scientific equipment. The exhibition then shows how artists transform these details into works of art used in a popular field guide (Kays and Wilson, Mammals of North America, 2002). This mix of art and science begins in libraries and museum collections, is captured through an artist's sketch pad, and grows into final works of art that make up a field guide. The exhibition highlights original artwork, a diversity of museum specimens from shrew to bear to muskox, videos, and an array of educational activities. Throughout this exhibition, visitors will learn details about the lives mammals, and see examples of some of the most exciting recent mammal discoveries.

Elder Grace: The Nobility of Aging

Through the lens of his camera, celebrated New York Times photographer Chester Higgins, Jr. takes a look at over sixty African-American men and women who found beauty within themselves and are experiencing aging with energy, wit and grace. As our population grows older and begins to sift through and reflect upon life experiences, the inspiring models of Elder Grace are sure to bring comfort and inspiration to many.

The exhibition is organized by the New-York Historical Society.

The New York State Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of Alpin Haus, Bud's Florist & Greenhouses, the Capital District Physicians' Health Plan, and The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center. Media sponsorship provided by 104.9 Love-FM.

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Help is Here

image for Emergency Medical Services in New York exhibit

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 departments, even hospitals, did not exist as we know them today. First used in military campaigns, including the Civil War, horse-drawn ambulances began to bring patients to hospitals in New York's cities in the 1860s. In rural areas, first aid and ambulance transport came only with the general use of automobiles. Hospitals and funeral directors operated ambulances in the early 20th century. Independent rescue squads and fire departments began to provide ambulance service in the 1930s and 40s.

Help is Here is an exciting new exhibition tracing the history of emergency medical services, both transport and treatment, in New York. It features 15 historic ambulances, dating from a 1911 horse-drawn ambulance built in Rochester, to a 1987 Medical Coaches Bluestar, one of the last van-based ambulances built in Oneonta and in service until spring 2004. In addition, there will be a sampling of historic medical equipment used in the field, historic photographs and ambulance agency memorabilia.

Presenting sponsor is the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services. Additional support has been provided by Laerdal Medical Corporation, Ten Eyck Group, United New York Ambulance Network, and Upstate Medical University. Media sponsor is EMS Magazine.

Image Caption:
1939 Pontiac-Superior Ambulance
New York State Museum Collection, H-1985.71.1
Gift of the Adirondack Museum


Extra-Ordinary: The Everyday Object in American Art gathers together works from the last fifty years of American art that illuminate the unfamiliar and poetic aspects of the familiar the extraordinary within the ordinary and encourage us to reexamine our surroundings with fresh eyes. American artists of the second-half of the twentieth century demonstrated an ongoing fascination with common, everyday objects and their nonhierarchical approach to culture and to subject matter meant that anything had the potential to be art. Artists represented in the exhibition include Claes Oldenburg, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, Jim Dine and Jeff Koons. The New York State Museum expresses its gratitude to the Whitney Museum of American Art, Bank of America, First Lady Libby Pataki, the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly. This exhibition was organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. This project is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services by an Act of Congress.

Image Caption:
Claes Oldenburg, Giant BLT (Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich), 1963.
Vinyl, kapok, and wood painted with synthetic polymer
32 x 39 x 29 in. (81.3 x 99.1 x 73.7 cm)
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of The American Contemporary Art Foundation Inc., Leonard A. Lauder, President 2002.255a-s.
Photograph by Ellen Page Wilson; courtesy PaceWildenstein, New York.
Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

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