Woodstock Art Colony Symposium on Thursday, May 2

This afternoon symposium will begin with a brief tour of the exhibition followed by a series of talks from artists and historians.


12:30 pm - Brief tour of the exhibition by Karen Quinn, State Museum curator of art and culture

1:00 pm - Introduction by State Museum Director Mark Schaming and remarks by Arthur Anderson, donor of the collection

1:15 pm - Derin Tanyol, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, “No Mosquitos in Woodstock: The Mountains and Bolton Brown”

1:55 pm - Bruce Weber, Independent art historian, “The Woodstock School of Landscape Painting”

2:35 pm - Janice LaMotta, Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, “The Woodstock Artists Association: A History of Community & Art”

3:15 pm - Tom Wolf, Bard College, “Feminists in the Early Woodstock Art Colony”

3:55 pm - Question & Answer Session
New Podcast Episode:
The Story Behind New York City's Water Supply
A reservoir system capacity of 570 billion gallons. A watershed area that covers 1.2 million acres. The parameters of New York City’s drinking water infrastructure are astounding, but the story behind the system is much more fascinating. It’s a tale that involves engineering feats, colliding cultures and even Aaron Burr.

On the newest episode of A New York Minute In History podcast , co-hosts Devin Lander and Don Wildman detail how water from the Hudson Valley saved New York City and allowed it to be become the financial and cultural capital of the world.
May Programs
Friday, May 3
11 - 11:45 am
Listen to a story and create a fun art project. Ideal for toddlers and preschoolers.
Wednesday, May 8
Discover what travel was like for works on the canal boats during this lunchtime tour.
Select Saturdays
at 12:30 and 2:30 pm
Tour the historic State Education Building during this 45-minute tour led by State Museum staff.
Sunday, May 19
1:00 pm
See over 100 artworks during this afternoon tour of the Woodstock Art Colony exhibit.
Sunday, May 19
2:00 pm
Learn how the Woodstock artists incorporated modernism into their works and try them out for yourself while creating your own art. This program is for children ages 9 and up.
Artifact Spotlight: Spring Cleaning
This early 20th century vacuum cleaner was featured 106 years ago in the Morning Herald as "Everybody's Vacuum Cleaner". The hand-powered vacuum was described as a "carpet sweeper and broom combined".

It was operated by drawing up the handle attached to a plunger, to create a suction draft through the bottom of the cleaner. Pushing the handle back down forced air out of the vent holes at the top of the vacuum. The dirt was then collected in the bottom of the machine and a piece of cloth was used for the filter. Although electric powered vacuums were available, only the wealthy could afford one. The hand-powered vacuum was marketed to the masses.

A 1910 article asked the question “Do Vacuum Cleaners Clean?”. Although the “pumping was not easy”, the author declared that the vacuum did work and was well worth the investment. 
Gift Shop Item of the Month
You can now bring some of the artwork from the Woodstock Art Colony exhibit home with you! Now available for $7.99 each at the Museum Gift Shop are two 11 x 14 prints of artwork featured in the exhibit: Autumn Hillside by George Ault and Woman in Black Hat with Cigarette by Winold Reiss.

For more information, contact the Museum Gift Shop at 518-449-7860.