Director’s Letter

October 10, 2018

Welcome to new beginnings and an incredible season at the Hudson River Museum! I’m pleased to share with you the changes we have accomplished in preparation for the exciting months ahead. There is a lot happening at the HRM these days, offering many wonderful ways for all to participate.

First, the Museum is proud to reveal our new identity and website. Our logo embraces the Hudson River as inspiration; solid blue lines represent the beautiful Hudson, while the Museum is proudly along the banks of the majestic river. It is a sophisticated yet contemporary expression of the Museum’s rich history as well as its dynamic future. We are also unveiling a tagline: “Art, Science, History—Make Waves with Us,” which provides a clear explanation of what visitors can find on our campus and online, while also extending a sincere invitation to be part of something fresh and inclusive together. Many thanks to CHIPS, the skilled design and development team who worked with us at every step, to our dedicated staff for a job well done, and to our loyal members and patrons whose support means so much.

We have a dynamic season in store for you. We are thrilled to present Maya Lin: A River Is a Drawing, which opens this Friday, October 12. Renowned for her outstanding contributions as an artist, architect, and environmental activist, Maya Lin sees and interprets the natural world with vision, resolve, and courage. This groundbreaking exhibition focuses on the theme of the Hudson River, with a strong sense of urgency about climate change. With the Museum’s architectural features and location serving as a potent backdrop, A River Is a Drawing offers new works and ambitious site-specific installations that invite you to interact and contribute your own story. Don’t miss the exceptional lineup of public programs; join us for talks, studio workshops, and of course, HRM After Dark, where the facets of the Museum merge for a stellar night of entertainment.

We are also proud to announce a new partnership with Art Bridges, a foundation founded by arts patron Alice Walton to facilitate the sharing of outstanding works of American art. We are incredibly fortunate to have exceptional works on loan by three prominent African American artists: David Clyde Driskell, Barkley L. Hendricks, and Kerry James Marshall. These paintings will make their public debut at the Hudson River Museum this week, where they will be paired with works from the Museum’s collection, selected to make powerful statements and invite discussion about identity. Bring your voice to these conversations.

I am genuinely excited about the changes at the HRM—new art and science to discover, a fresh identity to represent us, and an elegant website to explore. But even as we usher in this new era, we are true to our history, especially as we prepare to celebrate our centennial in 2019. We are excited for the future of the Hudson River Museum, and especially one with you. So, come make waves with us!

 

Masha Turchinsky
Director