Richard Deon: Paradox and Conformity at the Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, on view July 3 to September 5, 2010, includes more than 30 paintings and works on paper by the artist, a Hudson Valley resident.
Richard Deon finds inspiration in a pastime familiar to many inattentive students ― doodling, or the alteration of textbook illustrations during class time. He has elevated this idle occupation into a complex body of artwork that asks you to question that “facts” you know from your own school days.
Saturday 1 - 2 pm
Gallery Tour and Talk with Artist Richard Deon
Hudson Valley artist and resident Richard Deon speaks about his early influences, including a seventh-grade encounter with a defaced school book that later led him to explore the visual style of 1950s textbook illustrators. Touring the galleries, Deon will tell how he works, providing insight into the artistic practices of a painter.
Sunday 1 - 2 pm
Gallery Tour: Paradox and Conformity with a Museum Educator
Hear how Richard Deon appropriates familiar figures and landscapes to create brilliantly colored and ambiguous situations.
Saturday and Sunday 1 – 3:30 pm
Drop-In Workshops with the Artists
For Families (children 7+). Up to 30 people at one time in the Workshops.
Textbook Tear-out Collage with Jesse Lambert
Make a collage with textbook illustrations. Have fun with teaching tools.
Jesse Lambert, who taught collage at Cooper Union for eight years, says he especially likes the medium because “it launches you into making art right away.” Born in Hudson, New York, Jesse is now a New York City artist and his work has been reviewed many places, including artnet.com, The New York Times, and the Boston Globe.
Chalk ‘n Around with Jeff Hopkins
Draw in chalk and see images transform as a story is told.
Add your own sound effects and characters.
Jeff Hopkins draws large-scale images that transform and develop over the course of the story he is telling, and he enacts the movements and sounds of its characters. A teaching artist, who holds and Masters in Education form Harvard, his subjects range from Greek mythology and Impressionist painting to baseball and tall tales of the Wild West, and he has created illustrations for nearly two dozen early-reader books for children.
Sunday 2 pm
Center Stage: Suites, Sonatas and Standards
On guitar, Mark Leighton, and flute, Peter H. Bloom, perform Giuliani, Poulenc, Ibert, Albéniz, and Villa-Lobos as well as jazz standards by Fats Waller, George Shearing, Jimmy McHugh, and Morgan Lewis.
The Hudson River Museum is located at 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers NY. Minutes from the Saw Mill River Parkway, exit 9, north or southbound. Information and directions: 914.963.4550 and www.hrm.org. Wed - Sun 12- 5 pm. Fridays 12-7:30 pm. Admission: Adults $5; Seniors 62 & older and youth 5-16 $3. Fridays 5 to 7:30 pm free.
The largest cultural institution in Westchester County, the Hudson River Museum is a multi-disciplinary complex that draws its identity from its site on the banks of the Hudson River, and seeks to broaden the cultural horizons of all its visitors. It engages in the presentation of exhibitions, programs, teaching initiatives, research, collection, preservation, and conservation – a wide range of activities that interpret its collections, interests and communities.