Happy 2015! This year promises to be an exciting one for the Museum—we have a variety of new exhibits and exciting programs planned for you.
The Shakers: America’s Quiet Revolutionaries, our newest major exhibition, is now open in Exhibition Hall. This 7,000 square foot exhibition features nearly 200 Shaker artifacts that tells the story of one of the most significant and influential communal religious groups in history. There’s a variety of Shaker programs for visitors of all ages to enjoy this winter, from behind-the-scenes tours to Shaker music and dance programs. We’ll also open an exhibition of Shaker photographs from the WPA on February 14.
Don’t forget to visit two of our temporary exhibitions too: Along His Own Lines: A Retrospective of New York Realist Eugene Speicher and REPRESENT: Contemporary Native American Art. The Eugene Speicher exhibition features more than 70 artworks by Speicher, demonstrating his lengthy and successful art career. This exhibition is organized by the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York at New Paltz and is open through March 22.
REPRESENT features twenty-one artworks created by Native American artists throughout New York State. From baskets and beadwork to modern art, the artwork in this exhibition celebrates the traditional roots of Native American artistry through modern expression. Visit our REPRESENT website to learn more about the artists and their work.
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.
The 24th Annual New York in Bloom will be held February 20-22 and will feature dozens of floral displays throughout the Museum galleries. This fundraising weekend benefits the Museum’s educational programs for children. The 22nd Annual James Campbell Memorial Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show and Sale will be held February 14 & 15. 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