Happy 2014! This year promises to be an exciting one for the Museum—we have a variety of new exhibits and exciting programs planned for you.
We have several temporary exhibits this winter from other cultural institutions in New York State. Weather Event, an exhibition organized by the Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State, focuses on artist Charles Burchfield’s depictions of the weather south of Lake Erie (open through February 23). 60 from the 60s, an exhibition organized by the George Eastman House in Rochester, features 60 prints from the 1960s by significant photographers from that eventful decade (open through March 9). Sanford Gifford's Civil War, chronicles the wartime experience of New York State native and Civil War soldier, Sanford Robinson Gifford and features three of Gifford’s paintings from the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs (open through March 23).
An Irrepressible Conflict: The Empire State in Civil War, will be open through March 23. This popular exhibition opened in September 2012 and includes objects from the collections of the State Museum, Library and Archives as well as other institutions throughout the state.
Winter is also the season of two of the Museum’s biggest annual events: New York in Bloom and the Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show. This year, the two events will be held on separate weekends.
The 23rd Annual New York in Bloom will be held February 21-23 and will feature dozens of floral displays throughout the Museum galleries. This fundraising weekend benefits the Museum’s educational programs for children. The 21st Annual James Campbell Memorial Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show and Sale will be held February 15 & 16. Vendors throughout the Northeast will display and sell gems, jewelry, minerals and fossils on the fourth floor of the Museum. All proceeds benefit the Museum’s mineral acquisition fund.
I’ll see you at the Museum.
Director, New York State Museum