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Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013

The Hyde Celebrates 50 Years As a Museum!

The Hyde Celebrates Fifty Years as a Museum, 1963-2013

Museum-Wide Exhibitions and Programming Planned


imageThroughout 2013, The Hyde Collection celebrates its fiftieth year as a public museum with an exciting and diverse calendar of exhibitions, events, and programs. The Hyde’s  permanent collection has over 3,300 works of fine and decorative arts, and the focus of the golden anniversary programs will be on objects that have entered the Museum’s permanent collection since 1963.


imageFrom January 27 through April 14, 2013, the exhibition 50 at 50: Five Decades of Collecting at The Hyde, 1963-2013 will present fifty works of art in the Wood Gallery. Featuring objects acquired by the Museum since the death of Charlotte Pruyn Hyde (1867-1963), the exhibition offers an unprecedented opportunity to reflect on the careful deliberation the Museum exercises in making acquisitions that enhance the legacy of the collection formed by her and Louis Fiske Hyde (1865-1934), her husband.


This exhibition will focus on the fastest growing area of the Museum’s collection, which is modern and contemporary art including paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture by such artists as Joseph Beuys (1921-1986), Robert Cottingham (b. 1935), Sam Gilliam (b. 1933), Adolph Gottlieb (1903-1974), Philip Guston  (1913-1980), Keith Haring (1958-1991), Dame Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975), Sol Lewitt (1928-2007), Diego Rivera (1886-1957), and David Smith (1906-1965).

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Another component of the Museum’s golden anniversary celebration is an exhibition of works by Dorothy Dehner (1901-1994) from the permanent collection. Titled Dorothy Dehner at The Hyde, and presented in Hoopes Gallery, it will include prints, drawings, watercolors, and a bronze sculpture by this important American modernist.  Dehner studied in New York City at the Art Students League and the leading printmaking studio, Atelier 17.  The Glens Falls region was once home to the artist who lived in Bolton Landing, New York from 1940 to 1950.  The Hyde has a long history of exhibiting and collecting the work of Dorothy Dehner, presenting a solo exhibition of her works in 1967, and hosting a major retrospective in 1993. Many of the works featured in this special exhibition are recent gifts to the Museum from the Dorothy Dehner Foundation for the Visual Arts.


With these two exhibitions in honor of our donors, recognized and anonymous, The Hyde wishes to acknowledge the extraordinary generosity of these patrons, whose gifts of works of art are the lifeblood of The Hyde Collection.

In addition to the two exhibitions, a special 50 at 50 logo will be placed throughout Hyde House and the Education Wing  highlighting works acquired by The Hyde Collection after 1963.  Both exhibitions are curated by Hyde chief curator and interim co-director Erin B. Coe and associate curator Jayne Stokes.


Sponsors for 50 at 50: Fifty Years of Collecting at The Hyde are The Adirondack Trust Company, Finch Paper, LLC , The Chronicle Newspaper, and the J.M. McDonald Foundation.


Top Image: Sam Gilliam, American (b. 1933), Asking, 1972, acrylic on canvas, 81 x 75 in.. Gift of Dr. Robert and Jane Lewit, 2010.17, ©1972 Sam Gilliam, Photo: Michael Fredericks


Bottom Image:  Dorothy Dehner, American (1901-1994), Low Landscape, Sideways, 1962, bronze, 18 x 48 x 6 in., Purchased with funds donated by friends of Jeanne Wilmarth Hallenback, in her memory, 1971.93, Photo: Joseph Levy

Special Celebrations and Programming from January - May 31, 2013

Saturday, January 26
Exhibition Opening Reception
   6 - 7:30pm
Hyde members free; others $15
Call 518-792-1761, ext. 323, for information and reservations.   

Sunday, January 27
Exhibition Opens to the Public

50@50: Fifty Decades of Collecting at The Hyde and Dorothy Dehner at The Hyde

Sunday, February 10     1pm
Curator’s Tour
:  Chief curator Erin Coe leads a tour of the 50 at 50 exhibition.
Space is limited to 15 people.
Call 518-792-1761, ext. 327, to register.

Wednesday–Friday,  February  20 - 22
Winter Break Studio Classes:
Selections from the Collections
Ages 6 – 14. Choose the works you like in the exhibition 50 at 50: Five Decades of Collecting at The  Hyde and make art in the style of those artists in the studio.
Register by February 8, 2013 by calling 518-792-1761, ext. 340.

Sunday, March 10     1pm
Family Program

Discovery Day: Shades of Black and White
See dramatic black and white art in the exhibition 50 at 50. Draw, paint, and scratch a work of your own in the studio. All ages. Free

Sunday, March 10    2pm
Curator’s Tour: 
Associate Curator Jayne Stokes leads a tour of the 50 at 50 exhibition.
Space is limited to 15 people.
Call 518-792-1761, ext. 327, to register.

Monday, March 18   7:30  - 10pm
deBlasiis Chamber Music Series at The Hyde

Rebel Baroque Ensemble
Call 518-792-2383 for information and tickets.
Froehlich Auditorium
$25; $5 students with ID

Sunday, April 7     2pm
Lecture:  Frederick Fisher, former director of The Hyde Collection from 1978 to 1989, will speak in honor of our 50th anniversary. Free with museum admission.

Saturday, April 13      6 – 10:30 pm
The  Hyde  Gala
Join The Hyde at our annual gala for dinner, dancing, and an exciting auction at The Inn at Erlowest, Lake George. This very special event will celebrate the Museum’s 50th Anniversary.
Call 518-792-17861, ext. 323, for information and reservations.

Monday,  April 22      7:30  - 10pm
deBlasiis Chamber Music Series at The Hyde

Ann Alton, violoncello and Gabrielius Alekema, piano.
Call 518-792-2383 for information and tickets.

Monday, May 20   7:30pm - 10pm
deBlasiis Chamber Music Series at The Hyde

Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough, flute, and Young Kim, piano
Call 518-79-22383 for information and tickets.
Froehlich Auditorium
$25; $5 students with ID


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