Hudson River Museum Honored with 2019 Awards for Excellence from Greater Hudson Heritage Network

YONKERS, NY, September 23, 2019 — The Hudson River Museum is proud to announce that it has been selected as a recipient of two distinguished 2019 Awards for Excellence from the Greater Hudson Heritage Network (GHHN). This year’s Awards for Excellence are for the Publication Award for the exhibition catalog that accompanied Maya Lin: A River Is a Drawing, a groundbreaking exhibition organized by the Museum that was on view from October 12, 2018–January 20, 2019, and the Project Award in recognition of the exhibition Through Our Eyes: Milestones and Memories of African Americans in Yonkers, also organized by the Museum and currently on view through November 3, 2019.

This is the third consecutive year HRM has been honored for excellence by the Greater Hudson Heritage Network. In 2018, the Museum was recognized for its partnership with Yonkers Public Schools’ Museum School 25 during the 2017–2018 school year. Previously, in 2017, the HRM received recognition for excellence in programming created in conjunction with three Civil War-related exhibitions.

“The Hudson River Museum is honored to be a recipient of Greater Hudson Heritage Network’s awards for the third consecutive year,” said Masha Turchinsky, Director. “We were proud to present Maya Lin’s exceptional work and are thrilled to be recognized for the stunning catalog, which is an essential record of the exhibition. It also underscores the Museum’s role in advancing a productive dialogue about climate change. We are equally proud of Through Our Eyes, which demonstrates the Museum’s ongoing commitment to making our collections and program offerings inclusive and representative of the communities we serve. We are so grateful to all those who generously shared their histories with us.”

The Maya Lin: A River Is a Drawing publication is a one-hundred page catalog that features documentation of Lin’s artistic process and the completed, site-specific pieces within the Museum that explored the geology and topography of the Hudson River and the effects of climate change. The catalog includes essays by guest curator Miwako Tezuka and independent curator and arts writer Peter Boswell, an artist’s statement by Maya Lin, and a foreword by HRM Director Masha Turchinsky. It also features Maya Lin’s curated selection of works from the Museum’s Hudson River collections, paired with historical quotes she has collected about its history. The catalog was supported by Pace Gallery and The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts. Sponsors of the exhibition included Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, Louise and Leonard Riggio, Con Edison, Wells Fargo, the WLS Spencer Foundation, Ginsburg Development Companies, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Additional support was provided by LPE Engineering PC, Kevin Luke, The Lunder Foundation, Thierry Porté, David Roxburgh, VPL, and the Stanley Family Fund.

The catalog was designed by Natasha Mileshina, edited by Philomena Mariani, with production by Samantha Hoover and Camille Knop. Exhibition photography by Kris Graves and collection photography by Steven Paneccasio. The catalog was printed by Galvanic Printing.

Through Our Eyes: Milestones and Memories of African Americans in Yonkers brings together a selection of more than one hundred years of photographs and objects documenting African Americans who have made Yonkers the vibrant city that it is today. From joyful graduations and weddings to the heroic exploits of firefighters and civil rights activists, these compelling images and personal treasures have never been displayed in a museum setting. This exhibition is a result of a year-long project to collect and celebrate important stories in our community, spearheaded by the Museum’s Samuel H. Kress Interpretive Fellow Christian Stegall. He put out an open call to the public to gather images and objects from those whose stories have often been missing from museum collections and narratives. As a result of grassroots examination and community outreach, Stegall collected more than 700 images, many of which have been added to the Museum’s collection. Supporters of the exhibition included Honorable Symra D. Brandon, Brooks Memorial Home, Inc., Arthur G. Melendez, Jr., and Shanae V. Williams, District 1, Yonkers City Council.

Greater Hudson Heritage Network’s Awards for Excellence seek to recognize and commend exceptional efforts among GHHN members. Awards are made to projects that exemplify creativity and professional vision resulting in a contribution to the preservation and interpretation of the historic scene, material culture, and diversity of the region. The awards will be presented at the GHHN Experimenting with History Annual Conference on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at the Bear Mountain Inn & Conference Center, Bear Mountain, New York.


Image: On behalf of Miwako Tezuka and the Hudson River Museum, Marc Taylor, Manager, Planetarium and Science Programs; Saralinda B. Lichtblau, Assistant Director, Education; and Laura Vookles, Chair, Curatorial Department.


About the Hudson River Museum

The 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 HRM is a place where diverse communities come together and experience the power of art, science, 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, Hudson Riverama; 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.

The Hudson River Museum’s general operations are supported in part by Westchester County, the City of Yonkers, the Yonkers Board of Education, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Westchester Delegation of the New York State Assembly and Senate.

Hours and Admission: The Hudson River Museum is open Wednesday–Sunday, 12–5pm. Museum Admission: Adults $8; Youth (3–18) $4; Seniors (62+) $5; Students (with valid ID) $5; Veterans $5; Children (under 3) FREE; Members FREE. Planetarium Tickets: Adults $5; Youth (3–18) $3; Seniors (62+) $4; Students (with valid ID) $4; Veterans $4; Children (under 3) FREE; Members FREE. The Museum is accessible by Metro-North, 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.