Fall is the time when the Museum staff busily prepares exhibitions and programs for our visitors to enjoy. As the leaves drop and the weather turns colder, we begin spending more time indoors and the Museum is energized by crowds of visitors from now through the spring.
Weather Event, an exhibition organized by the Burchfield Penney Art Center of the State University College at Buffalo, opens on November 2 and focuses on artist Charles Burchfield’s depictions of the weather south of Lake Erie. Sanford Gifford's Civil War, opening on November 9, chronicles the wartime experience of New York State native and renowned Hudson River School painter, Sanford Robinson Gifford, who served during the war with the 7th Regiment, New York State Militia.
Beginning November 16, New York State decorative arts will grace the West Corridor in conjunction with a lectures series honoring Museum donor Eric Martin Wunsch and his passion for collecting. Participants include well-known figures in the field of American decorative arts, including Dean Failey of Christie’s, Peter Kenny of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Leigh and Leslie Keno of PBS’ Antiques Roadshow. The final exhibit of 2013 comes from the George Eastman House in Rochester. 60 from the 60s, opening on December 12, features 60 prints from the 1960s by significant photographers from that eventful decade, offering a dynamic look at photography of the era.
Programs from October’s Monster Mash and Bash to monthly Family Fun Days to the annual favorite Chocolate Expo and Holiday Gift Market all provide a great way to experience the Museum with your friends and family as the daylight hours shorten and the winter is upon us.
I’ll see you at the Museum soon.
Director, New York State Museum