About Us :: Director's Welcome, Fall 2014
Mark Schaming - Director NYSM

Dear Visitors,

At the New York State Museum, we are busy working on new exhibitions and exciting programs for you to enjoy this fall.

We are opening a major new exhibition on Saturday, November 15: The Shakers: America’s Quiet Revolutionaries. This 7,000 square foot exhibition explores the history, culture and influence of the Shaker communities. This is an unprecedented collaboration, where you’ll find over 150 historic images and nearly 200 Shaker artifacts in the exhibition, including artifacts from three major Shaker historical sites: the Shaker Heritage Society, Hancock Shaker Village and the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon.

We’re planning a variety of programs to complement the exhibition, including lectures, guided tours and educational activities for children and families. Stay tuned for details.

We also have two temporary art exhibitions open this fall. Now on display in West Gallery, Along His Own Lines: A Retrospective of Realist Eugene Speicher, explores Speicher’s diverse art career, ranging from portraits to still life to landscape. This exhibition, from the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York at New Paltz, will be open through March 22, 2015.

On December 13, we’ll open an exhibition featuring twenty-one artworks recently acquired by the State Museum, created by Native American artists in New York State. Represent: Contemporary Native American Art features a variety of different art forms, from baskets to beadwork to modern art.

We also have a great schedule of programs for visitors of all ages to enjoy this fall. We’re celebrating New York State History Month in November by offering a full schedule of tours, lectures, and family and children’s programs. Visit our History Month website to learn more about programs at the State Museum and beyond.

Lastly, mark your calendars for a new special event at the Museum: TasteNY Holiday Expo. On Sunday, December 7 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, the Museum will become a holiday market for New York State’s finest specialty foods, cheese, chocolates, hand-crafted beer and wine, maple and apple products, and other edible gifts. Cooking demonstrations and children’s activities will be offered throughout the day. Admission is $5, children ages 12 and under are free.

I’ll see you at the Museum.

Mark Schaming
Director, New York State Museum


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