Empowering Collaboration: Unveiling Bronxville’s Artistic Legacy at the HRM

On Friday, April 12, the Hudson River Museum welcomed more than fifty members of the Bronxville Historical Conservancy (BHC) to the Museum for a special reception to celebrate our exciting new partnership, presenting key works from the Conservancy’s collection at the Museum in the current exhibitions Bronxville Artist Spotlight: Ann Brainerd Crane and Mary Fairchild Low and in Rivers Flow / Artists Connect.

Among the many esteemed guests included Conservancy Lifetime Co-Chairs Marilynn Wood Hill and Robert Riggs; Conservancy Director Jayne Warman; and BHC members Karen Rosa, Betsy Putman, Erin Saluti, and Linda and Bill Zambelli. We were pleased to be joined by special guests Mary Marvin, Mayor of Bronxville, and Cristle Collins Judd, President of Sarah Lawrence College, with whom the Museum shares a Mellon Foundation Public Humanities Fellowship. Guests were treated to a tour of the museum galleries and a reception in Glenview, our Gilded Age historic home, with greetings from Hudson River Museum Director and CEO Masha Turchinsky and Laura Vookles, Chair, HRM’s Curatorial Department.

Jayne Warman discussed the importance of the artists highlighted in Bronxville Artist Spotlight: Ann Brainerd Crane and Mary Fairchild Low, which is on view at the HRM through June 2. Crane and Low were part of an emerging generation of professional women artists in the early twentieth century, who had trained as painters in France before returning stateside to New York.

The event also celebrated the upcoming exhibition in the HRM’s Community & Partnership Gallery, Neighboring Visions: Westchester Artists Then and Now, which opens to the public on Friday, June 7. The exhibition pairs historical landscape and figurative paintings on loan from the BHC with contemporary works created by Westchester-based artists. Gathered together, these works testify to the power of place, revealing how artists from across time have transformed the rich textures of their surrounding landscapes into vividly rendered paintings, photographs, films, and textiles. The exhibition will be curated by Karintha Lowe, Mellon Public Humanities Fellow.

A special thanks to our Hudson River Museum Trustee Lorraine Shanley, who brought the best of our collections, supporters, and efforts together in these collaborations and exhibitions, which not only highlight the Conservancy’s exquisite collection, but underscore the power and potential of building and sharing community.


Image: HRM Director and CEO Masha Turchinsky, and Bronxville Historical Conservancy’s Marilynn Wood Hill, Robert Riggs and Wendy Riggs. Photo by David H. Snyder.