Hudson River Museum Announces Grand Opening Of The New West Wing


(MENAFN- PR Newswire) Inaugural exhibitions: Kengo Kito: Unity on the Hudson and Sylvia Sleigh: Invitation to a Voyage Open on June 16, 2023

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Preview and Ribbon Cutting:
Thursday, June 15, 10am
Members Opening Reception: Thursday, June 15, 7-9pm
Public Opening: Friday, June 16, 2023, 12-5pm
Free Community Day: Celebrating Unity on the Hudson: Sunday, July 9, 11am- 5pm

YONKERS, N.Y., June 1, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Hudson River Museum is thrilled to announce the opening of its new
west wing .
a
transformational
project that will
bring
a
premier museum experience to all
in Westchester
and
the metropolitan area. The new wing, designed by archimuse , expands the Museum's total footprint by more than 12,000 square feet, including more than 3,000 square feet of exhibition galleries and exhilarating views of the Hudson River and Palisades.

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New West Wing at Hudson River Museum- Photo Credit Steve Paneccasio
New West Wing at Hudson River Museum- Photo Credit Steve Paneccasio

Recognizing the Museum's key role
as a cultural anchor, education partner, and
tourist destination, Westchester County ($6.2M), the
City
of Yonkers
($5.45M), and
New York State, Empire State Development
($630,000) have joined forces in support of this game­ changing capital improvement project with
$12.28M in generous funding. This support will enhance the Museum's ability to organize and host ambitious exhibitions and programs while providing additional spaces to display and
interpret our permanent collection in new and exciting ways.

The West Wing galleries will debut with two monumental and immersive exhibitions that celebrate
our
place
along
the Hudson
River,
the importance of
connection and
community, and this pivotal new era in the
HRM's more
than
100-year history.

  • kengo kito: unity on the hudson features innovative Japanese contemporary artist Kengo Kito, who transforms nearly 2,500 colorful hula hoops into a site­ specific artwork symbolizing humanity's interconnectedness and our relationship to the Hudson River. This exhibition will flow throughout the new Special Exhibition galleries.
  • sylvia sleigh: invitation to a voyage , a 14-panel panoramic painting from the HRM's collection, which will open in the Community & Partnership Gallery, fittingly depicts a summer gathering of friends and art-world figures along the banks of the Hudson River and will invite visitors to become part of the scene.

In addition to the capital support, funding for these inaugural exhibitions was made possible by significant support from New York
State Senate and Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
and the City
of Yonkers, Mayor Mike
Spano.
Additional assistance
for HRM
exhibitions is
provided
by
the
County
of
Westchester.
Kengo Kito: Unity on the Hudson is also made
possible by
the
W.L.S.
Spencer Foundation.

The
West Wing expansion and
improvement project will
ultimately expand
the Museum's footprint from approximately 40,000 to
52,000 square feet while seamlessly integrating the enhancements
with the existing Museum campus and without compromising community views
of
the river.
It
is
the culmination of
a
multi-phased Master Plan
begun
in 2002, which included the creation of a new education center; a 400-seat outdoor amphitheater; and capital improvements to the HRM's entrance, lobby, galleries, and events space.

Tom D'
Auria,
Charmain, HRM
Board
of
Trustees,
states, "The
opening of
the spectacular West
Wing
ushers
in
an
exciting new
era
for the Hudson
River
Museum. This
project is
the result of years of strategic planning and
serves
as
an
excellent example of collaboration among our
City,
County, and
New York State
governments for the benefit of our entire community. On
behalf of the
Board of Trustees, I
extend genuine
thanks to the many supporters and partners who have made this new building a reality."

Masha Turchinsky, HRM Director and
CEO, stated, "The
debut of this exciting capital project marks a pivotal milestone for the Hudson River Museum, our region, and our community. More
than
just
additional space,
the
West
Wing
will
allow
us
to imagine
anew how we
present and share art
and
ideas,
and bring the public together in
exciting and thought-provoking
ways. We are so appreciative for the support of our New York State, Westchester County,
and
City of Yonkers partners.
It will
be
a
great joy to welcome
our visitors of
all ages and herald
a
new era of exploring art,
science,
and history at
HRM."

"I am
thrilled
to
celebrate
the opening of
the
new
wing
at
the Hudson
River
Museum," said Senate Majority Leader Andrea
Stewart-Cousins.
"With
this expansion, the Museum is embarking on
an
exciting era
that
will
provide
an
exceptional new
experience for residents of the region. The immersive exhibitions will create even more
opportunities to welcome and embrace the community, while protecting the
treasures that we can all learn from together. I
am
proud
to be
a supporter of
the Museum's fantastic work. Congratulations
to Director and
CEO
Masha
Turchinsky and
all
involved
for
their
dedication and
collaboration in making this project a reality."

Westchester County
Executive
George Latimer
stated, "The Hudson River Museum
is a beacon in the County, a Westchester community anchor, and an important tourist destination. We
are
proud
to have provided support to the
Museum for this
transformative capital
project. It
is
a
great investment in
the
future
of
Westchester County
as
an
innovative cultural hub."

Yonkers Mayor Mike
Spano
added, "With soaring galleries and spectacular panoramic views, these new
spaces elevate the experience for artists and
visitors alike.
Building on their
successful reaccreditation, the
Hudson
River
Museum
continues to raise
the bar
as
a prestigious, nationally recognized institution, ready and able
to inspire future generations in our City and beyond."

Phase
I:
New
Spaces
for
Exhibitions
and
Collections

As part of the initial unveiling, the Museum will debut its new
Special
Exhibitions Galleries,
which are
designed to display world-class art,
accommodate the widest range of changing exhibitions, and allow for an exciting variety of installation, performance, multimedia, and large-scale art. A highlight of the new galleries is a cantilevered glass overlook,
which
provides a
dramatic three-sided panoramic view
of
the Hudson
River
and the majestic Palisades.

The Wing
includes
a
new
Community
&
Partnership
Gallery,
an
inviting
and
experimental space
that
will
feature local,
regional,
and
emerging
artists, including
work
by
artists-in­ residence,
community
collaborations,
and
inventive
partnerships
with
schools
and universities.

Art Storage:
A
Commitment to
our Collection:
This phase also
includes new climate­ controlled art storage to ensure safe housing and display of artwork and conform with current
professional standards for
collections
management and
storage.
The
Hudson River Museum's permanent collection contains more than
18,000 objects, including paintings, sculptures, works on paper, photographs, decorative arts, costumes, textiles, graphic design, historical objects, and
ephemera. In
addition, the Museum has an extensive collection of documentary photography and archival materials.

Phase II: Auditorium,
River Terrace, and
Sustainable Landscaping

(2023/2024)
Construction is nearly complete on a tiered,
100-seat, state-of-the-art Auditorium, responding to the natural cascading grade. The ADA-compliant Auditorium will allow the Museum
to present multimedia presentations and
performances, film
and
video projection, dance, lectures, and panel discussions.

Scheduled to align with
the
completion of
the auditorium, the
adjacent outdoor patio will
be transformed into the
River Terrace to enhance programming and offer new opportunities for
gathering. The
Terrace has
been upgraded with
a new
concrete floor
and
sleek glass parapet, connecting the Auditorium with
the Hudson Room, the Museum's special events space overlooking the River.

Landscaping
and
a
Natural Classroom

Now
in the planning stages, this meadow-style perennial and
shrub
garden on
the western slopes of the Hudson River Museum will
include native
plants and
pollinators and offer sustainable opportunities for interdisciplinary education, connections to the collection, and partnerships.

Phase
Ill:
Glenview Historic
House
(2024/2025)

Theexterior of glenview ,
the Museum's significant
1877 riverfront home on the National Register of Historic Places and fashioned in an
eclectic Late
Victorian style, will receive much needed conservation to its stone
and wood work, roof,
and windows. Designed by Charles W.
Clinton,
the noteworthy architect of
New
York's Park Avenue Armory building, Glenview's period rooms
are
furnished with
some
of
the finest Victorian
art
and
decorative arts in harmony with the
architecture of the building. The
home was recently featured in HBO's The
Gilded Age,
serving as
the
home
of
Mrs.
Caroline Astor.

Fund
for
HRM:
Expanding
the
View

Building on
this momentum, the Museum
is
leading a
major
gift initiative
to
complete Phase II
and Ill through the
fund for hrm:
expanding the view ,
providing essential support for the Museum's continued growth and leadership. We
have
a proven record of achievement and deeply compelling programming reflective of the
cultural issues of our time. The Fund for
HRM allows
us
to continue
this
work
and
expand the views
in
our
galleries, on
our
walls, and for our visitors.

About the Architects
The
West Wing was designed by
archimuse ,
which is led
by Benjamin D.
Kracauer, AIA, Principal, Architect, and Reuben S.
Jackson, RA, Principal, Architect. Archimuse was founded
in
1990
to directly
address the goals
and
aspirations of
the museum community:
to conserve,
to
study, to interpret,
and to
exhibit. With its
programmatic
approach
to planning, architecture and design, and coordinated and diversified
methodology, Archimuse offers
a
uniquely balanced expertise
to the planning
and
building
process.
Other clients and
successful projects include the Brooklyn Museum of Art; Carnegie Museum of Art; Connecticut
Historical
Society; Hirshhorn
Museum and Sculpture Garden; Metropolitan Museum of Art;
Museum at Eldridge Street; Museum of Modern Art;
Museum of Yachting, Newport, Rhode
Island;
New-York Historical Society; Orange County Museum of Art:
Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin &
Marshall College; Urban
Cultural Parks
in Cohoes and Buffalo, NY;
and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

About
the
Hudson
River Museum
Hudson
River Museum is
a
preeminent cultural
institution
in
Westchester County
and
the
New
York Metropolitan area. Situated
on
the
banks of the
Hudson River in
Yonkers, New
York,
the
Museum's mission is to engage, inspire, and connect diverse communities through the
power of the
arts, sciences, and history.

The Museum offers
engaging experiences for
every age
and
interest,
with
an
ever-growing collection of American art; dynamic exhibitions that range from notable nineteenth-century paintings to contemporary
art
installations;
Glenview,
an
1877 house
on
the
National
Register of
Historic Places;
a state-of-the-art Planetarium; an environmental teaching gallery; and an outdoor Amphitheater.

Accredited by
the
American Association of
Museums (AAM),
the
Museum is
dedicated to
collecting, preserving,
exhibiting,
and interpreting
these multidisciplinary offerings,
which are complemented by an array of public programs that encourage creative expression, collaboration,
and artistic and scientific discovery.

Hours and Admission: Hudson River Museum is open to the public Thursday-Friday,
12-5pm, Saturday-Sunday,
11am-5pm. feel
good
fridays :
Free
general admission, Fridays,
July
7
- August 25,
5-
7pm.
Mask
wearing and
COVID-19 vaccination are
no
longer required,
but are
recommended for all visitors.
Learn more and purchase tickets at hrm.org/visit .

General Admission (as
of
June
15):
Adults $13; Youth (3-18) $8; Seniors (62+) $9; Students (with valid ID) $9; Veterans $9; Children (under 3) FREE; Members FREE; Museums for All* $2, *SNAP/EBT card with photo ID (up to 4 people). Planetarium tickets: Adults $7; Youth (3-18) $5; Seniors
(62+) $6; Students (with
valid
ID)
$6; Veterans $6; Children (under
3)
Free.
Glenview tours: Adults $7; Youth (3-18) $5; Seniors (62+) $6; Students (with valid ID) $6; Veterans $6; Children (under 3) Free. The Museum is accessible by Metro-North (Hudson Line-Yonkers and
Glenview stations), by
Bee-Line Bus
Route #1, by
car,
and
by bike.
Make
your visit a
One-Day Getaway, and buy a
combined
rail
and
admission
discount
ticket.
Learn
more
about
metro-north
deals
& getaways .

SOURCE Hudson River Museum

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