Curated by Katie Hood Morgan with community members and Museum staff
Corridor Gallery and the Sarah Bedrick Gallery
Libby Paloma, Chingona AKA Libby, from the series Lo Que No Sabías (What You Wouldn't Know), 2019. Acquired with funds from the Alice and Horace Chandler Art Acquisition Fund
The Dorsky Museum’s collection of almost 7,000 artworks is wide-ranging and eclectic, with important artworks and material culture originating from a variety of places and periods—from ancient and Pre-Colonial civilizations through to the present-day Hudson Valley. A Living Collection proposes an alternative to the notion of a static “permanent” collection. Like a living organism, a museum’s art collection is ever-changing, its meaning shifting along with contemporary viewpoints and visitor interpretations.
This display tells the story of The Dorsky collection from a range of perspectives, making space for traditionally marginalized voices and asking questions that only you can answer. We welcome you to experience the Museum as a site of discovery, critical thinking, and community. You are an essential part of The Dorsky collection’s unfolding story.
Drawing connections between artworks and considering how their meanings continuously evolve with the viewer's response, a series of thematic pathways are presented which link works across time period, medium, and style. Along these pathways we invite you to find your own way and make connections from our contemporary moment into the past, from your life to the artists’ creations, enjoying the universal and timeless potential of art.