Hudson River Museum Wins Two 2024 Best of Westchester Awards

YONKERS, NY, July 8, 2024—The Hudson River Museum is proud to announce we have won Best of Westchester awards for the seventh consecutive year. For 2024, the Museum has been awarded the Editor’s Pick for Best Exhibition (South County) for Kengo Kito: Unity on the Hudson and the Readers’ Picks for Best Art Gallery. Best of Westchester is Westchester Magazine’s annual survey of the best that Westchester has to offer, from food and drink, beauty and shopping, to fun and leisure.

“It’s an honor to be named a Best of Westchester winner for seven years in a row,” stated Director and CEO Masha Turchinsky. “It is especially gratifying to have Kengo Kito: Unity on the Hudson, in our West Wing, recognized. Kito’s work activated our new galleries and brought so much joy to thousands of visitors. We are also especially proud that HRM was selected as a Readers’ Pick for Best Art Gallery. This is a testament to the variety and quality of art we always aim to present at the Museum, and it is very special to know it resonates with our audiences year-round.”

Kengo Kito: Unity on the Hudson was the inaugural exhibition of the Museum’s West Wing galleries from June 16 through September 24, 2023. Using more than 2,100 colorful hula hoops, artist Kengo Kito conceived a monumental, site-specific work symbolizing humanity’s interconnectedness and our relationship with the Hudson River. The result was an immersive experience where visitors walked around and underneath the multicolored, intersecting circles as a metaphor for our bonds with each other and with nature. Westchester Magazine writes, “Great art can make viewers reconsider everyday objects while simultaneously redefining the space in which they are exhibited. Kengo Kito’s eye-catching installation, Unity on the Hudson, did just that, filling the Hudson River Museum’s sleek new West Wing galleries with roughly 2,500 brightly colored hula-hoops floating up toward the sky.”

This summer, the HRM is proud to present two new exhibitions: Red Grooms: Drawing “The Bookstore”, featuring never-before-seen preparatory drawings to celebrate the 45th anniversary of our beloved and iconic installation, The Bookstore, and Neighboring Visions: Westchester Artists Then and Now, which pairs historical landscape and figurative paintings from the Bronxville Historical Conservancy with compelling contemporary works by Westchester artists, on view through September 29, 2024. Also on view is Rivers Flow / Artists Connect, Kindred Worlds: The Priscila and Alvin Hudgins Collection, It Takes 2: Unexpected Pairings, and A Feast for the Eyes: Sumptuous Still Lifes.

Alongside our summer exhibitions, we are excited for the start of our Summer Amphitheater Series, with FREE performances at 8pm on Friday and Saturday evenings from July 12–August 17. There’s something for everyone, including tango, R&B, classical, Latin Fusion, yacht rock, ballet, magic, and even a falconer showing off birds of prey.

Explore all our exhibitions this summer during special extended hours! Join us for Free First Fridays the first Friday of every month from 5–8pm for free admission, special performances and programs, including a bilingual sketching workshop. We will also be offering special extended hours on Saturdays, July 13 through August 17, 5–7pm, during Summer Saturdays with Pink Floyd. Experience our current exhibitions and enjoy the outdoor courtyard with games for all ages. Plus, catch the special planetarium show, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, at 6pm.

Come discover what makes the Hudson River Museum a Best of Westchester winner. We can’t wait to welcome you!

Image: Kengo Kito (Japanese, born 1977). Unity on the Hudson, 2023. Plastic hula hoops. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Steven Paneccasio.

Press contact:
Jeana Wunderlich
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Samantha Hoover
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The Hudson River Museum is a preeminent cultural institution in Westchester County and the New York metropolitan area. The Museum is situated on the banks of the Hudson River in Yonkers, New York, with a mission to engage, inspire, and connect diverse communities through the power of the arts, sciences, and history.

The HRM offers engaging experiences for every age and interest, with an ever-evolving collection of American art and dynamic exhibitions that range from notable nineteenth-century paintings to contemporary art installations. The campus, which recently expanded to include a West Wing with exhibition galleries and sweeping views of the Hudson River, features 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. 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 Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM), an honor awarded to only 3% of museums nationwide.

Hours and Admission: The Hudson River Museum is open to the public Wednesday–Friday, from 12–5pm, and Saturday–Sunday, from 11am–5pm. On Free First Fridays, the Museum is open and free of charge on the first Friday of the month, from 5–8pm. Learn more and purchase tickets at hrm.org/visit.

General Admission: Adults $13; Youth (3–18) $8; Seniors (65+) $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 (65+) $6; Students (with valid ID) $6; Veterans $6; Children (under 3) Free. Glenview tours: Adults $7; Youth (3–18) $5; Seniors (65+) $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.