Summer 2013 at the Dorsky
The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art (Dorsky Museum), located at the State University of New York at New Paltz, comprises more than 9,000 square feet of exhibition space distributed over six galleries. The Dorsky Museum is one of the largest museums within the SUNY system. Through its collections, exhibitions, and public programs, The Dorsky Museum seeks to support and enrich the academic programs at the university, present a broad range of national and international art for study and enjoyment, and serve as a center for Hudson Valley arts and culture of both the past and the present. Embracing the historical and the cutting edge, the regional and the international, The Dorsky Museum unites art education and art exhibition, strengthening the university’s educational programs while building new audiences for the arts.
Dedicated in 2001, The Dorsky Museum is named after Samuel Dorsky, who came to the art world after achieving success in business. The museum grew out of the College Art Gallery, which was established in 1964 by a dedicated committee of faculty members to enhance the teaching mission of the university. The collection of The Dorsky Museum now has more than 5,000 works of art, with areas of focus in American Art—with an emphasis on the Hudson Valley region—photography, and metals. A small but excellent “world collection” of art and artifacts dating back to ancient times and representing diverse cultures enhances the museum’s exhibitions and educational programs. The museum’s temporary exhibition program features exhibitions, installations, and projects by internationally recognized artists as well as an annual thematic exhibition of work by regional artists.
The exhibitions on display in Summer 2013 offer something for everyone. From objects in the museum's permanent collection of world art in The Dorsky Collects, to a comparative examination of contemporary and historical work by Tibetan artists, to the museum's annual exhibition of work by emerging artists from the Hudson Valley—the Dorsky offers numerous opportunities to engage the heart and mind of museum visitors.
SUMMER 2013 EXHIBITIONS
Summer hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. We are closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, national and university holidays, and intersession. Visit the museum’s website for updated closings.
The Dorsky Collects: Recent Acquisitions 2008-2012
Curated by Wayne Lempka
Sara Bedrick Gallery
Through June 23, 2013
Like all museums, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art depends on the generosity of others when it comes to expanding its permanent collection. This exhibition focuses on a representative selection of both two- and three-dimensional artworks created by artists from around the world that have come into the museum's collection from 2008 through the present year.
Fields of Vision: Work by SUNY New Paltz Art Faculty
Curated by Carl Van Brunt
Morgan Anderson, Howard Greenberg Family and Corridor Galleries
Through June 23, 2013
In our post-modern society, the art world is both more connected and more fragmented than ever before. New York City, once the capital of that world, is now just one of a network of regional centers spanning the globe. And close-up, contemporary practices appear to be a mash-up of disparate concepts, political agendas, media, and styles. Fields of Vision explores how art and design being made by full-time Department of Art faculty at the State University of New York at New Paltz fits into this local/global picture.
Hudson Valley Artists 2013
Alice and Horace Chandler Gallery and North Gallery
June 22 – Nov. 10, 2013
Opening reception: Saturday, June 22 from 5:00–7:00 p.m.
The Dorsky’s annual Hudson Valley Artists exhibition series features new and recent work by emerging and mid-career artists. Each year the exhibition addresses a different theme or topic. The exhibition is open to artists living in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester Counties who have not yet had a major one-person museum show and are not currently represented by a commercial gallery. Students are not eligible.
Anonymous: Tibetan Contemporary Art
Curated by Rachel Weingeist
July 20 – Dec. 15, 2013
Anonymous seeks to explore the tension between an ancient culture's unbroken artistic tradition of anonymity and the personality-driven world of contemporary art. By examining attitudes towards attribution in shifting cultural contexts, the exhibition asks: how do practitioners in the emerging field of Tibetan contemporary art react to and reinterpret their predecessors' anonymous past, and what role does anonymity play in the changing landscape of contemporary Tibetan culture?
SUMMER OPENING EVENTS
Saturday, June 22 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Opening reception for Hudson Valley Artists 2013.
Saturday, July 20 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Opening reception for Anonymous: Tibetan Contemporary Art.
GETTING TO KNOW THE ART
Educational Tours — For Schools and Organizations
Group Tours for schools and other organizations are available throughout the year. A two-week minimum advance registration is recommended. For information regarding tours, please call 845-257-2331.
Education Tours — For SUNY New Paltz Faculty and Students
SUNY New Paltz faculty are invited to use the museum’s exhibitions and collections in their curriculum. For more information, see the Faculty Guidelines (pdf).
Gallery talks, symposia, and other public programs take place throughout the year. For information about these programs, see Programs and Events.
For more information about the museum’s programs, call 845-257-3844 or visit the museum’s website at www.newpaltz.edu/museum/programs. Join The Dorsky Museum email list so that we can send you advance notice about our exhibitions, educational programs, and special events.
Samuel Dorksy Museum of Art
Wheelchair accessible (call for specific information)
Suggested donation of $5 per visitor (free with SUNY ID)
Wednesday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, national and university holidays and intersession.
Open on weekends only in August 2012
Exhibitions and dates may be subject to change. Please call the museum or visit the website to confirm hours and schedules.