Everyone visits a museum sometime for some reason: maybe on a rainy summer afternoon or on free time out of the classroom and into the art world. And then there are the glittery opening nights for artists and members. Typical. But what of the atypical?
An overnight at the museum, for instance.
On July 19 the Hudson River Museum welcomes you to an overnight stay from 7:30 pm to 1 am, or, till dawn at 6 am ― an “all-nighter” to celebrate a sky phenomenon, the 1969 moon landing , led by astronaut Neil Armstrong. The evening will be hosted by Matthew Bakkom, a conceptual artist and filled with performance, film, hands-on art made for the night, and refreshments.
The Hudson River Museum celebrates space all year in its Andrus Planetarium and all this summer with the exhibition Space Is the Place, whichfocuses on contemporary art that looks to space exploration. But the moon landing 39 years ago was unique. Museum Director Michael Botwinick said, “If your life spans that time, then, near midnight on July 20, 1969 you were probably watching the lunar landing on a grainy black-and-white TV, or listening to Armstrong’s “one small step” transmission early the next morning. You were either part of a generation for whom Apollo 13 was six days of real suspense or a part of a generation for whom Apollo 13 was a Tom Hanks movie.”
The chance to experience the moon landing again, or, for the first time takes place at “one small step,” an overnight exploration for visitors 21+. Matt Bakkom discusses space and is master of ceremonies for artist Mitch Mitchell who presents his interactive artwork The Adventures of a Galactic Cowboy; artists SMITHBEATTY who provide a hands-on experience of America’s First River, the Hudson, and performers Brute Force and Daughter of Force, Yonkers-based Lilah Freedland.
Dinner by Tacos el Poblano and breakfast at dawn on the Museum terrace provided. Bring your own sleeping bag. Registration required: 914.963.4550, x351. A return call confirms your place and payment options. Pay in advance: $40 full overnight. $25 till
1 am. Pay day of: $50 full; $35 partial.
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 12-8 pm. Admission: Adults $5; Seniors 62 & older and youth 5-16 $3. Fridays 5 to 8 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.