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Storm King: A Grand Re-Opening

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A group of visitors touring the grounds at Storm King Art Center.
Photography by Jerry L. Thompson.

Storm King Art Center is a 500-acre outdoor museum located in New Windsor, New York. Nestled in New York’s Hudson Valley region, Storm King offers an incredible collection of contemporary outdoor sculptures.

Visitors can explore their massive collection, perhaps the largest in the United States, while getting to experience the scenic beauty of the surrounding landscape.

July 15 marks the anticipated reopening of Storm King for the public. With member only previews starting the week of July 8-July 13.

Protocols have been put in place to ensure the safety of visitor and staff like, pre-purchased timed-entry booking to limit the number of visitors at the site. These timed-entry tickets for July 15 onwards will be available for online purchase starting July 8. For members only, the timed-entry tickets are now available for online purchase.

All visitor amenities and indoor spaces will be closed to the public, except for restroom facilities and snacks, drinks, and select merchandise via vending machines. Also, remember to stay at a safe distance and wear a mask when in areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained, you can read more guidelines here.

The 2020 season will open with exciting new outdoor presentations. These special exhibitions will display the works of Kiki Smith, Martha Tuttle, Mark di Suvero, and Louise Bourgeois.

As Storm King prepares for their outdoor-only exhibitions, a special virtual exhibition will also be available for viewing, Site Ecology: Land, Leadership, and Art.

Each presentation is sure to amaze visitors.

Storm King is the site of the first presentation of Kiki Smith’s new flag works in all of the United States. Kiki Smith’s river light (2019)and hudson river (2020)consist of two large-scale flag installations, positioned at the top of Storm King’s museum Hill.

Smith is a multidisciplinary artist who pushes the boundaries of art. Working with sculpture, printmaking, photography, drawing and textiles. Smith’s abilities span multiple mediums and themes.

For these exhibitions, Smith used her original photographs and film of the Hudson River and East River region, as inspiration for the imagery printed on the flags. Like the natural untiring flow of a river, Smith’s flags take on this role as they stand tall, wind flowing through them.

Martha Tuttle participates as the 8th artist in Storm King’s ongoing Outlooks program, with her eight-acre installation A Stone That Thinks of Enceladus. Yes, you read that right, eight-acres are being dedicated to Tuttle’s creation. This is the artist’s first major outdoor installation and Storm King is her very first solo museum presentation.

Tuttle is a multidisciplinary artist who has displayed her creations all across the United States and abroad. Tuttle discovers the relationship between human and non-human energies through her work with nature’s materials; wool, silk, dyes, stones and more.

A Stone That Links Enceladus is a series of stone stacks built from the boulders gathered on Storm King’s land, and close to two hundred molded glass and marble stones which are hand-made creations of Tuttle.

The works of Kiki Smith and Martha Tuttle have been organized by Senior Curator Nora Lawrence and will be on view until November 2020.

Storm King is also presenting the first U.S. exhibition of sculptor Mark di Suvero. di Suvero is known throughout the world as one of the most important American Abstract Expressionist artists.

His work E=MC 2 (1996-97), is a 92 ft sculpture made from steel beams. E=MC 2 is the tallest sculpture he has created yet.

The sculpture was created by di Suvero in his Chalon-sur-Saone, France studio. This work was shown in Paris and had been on display in Valenciennes, France for 10 years. It now resides at Storm King.

E=MC 2 is a long-term loan from di Suvero and Spacetime C.C., New York, on display until 2022.

The last of the new in-person exhibitions is by Louise Bourgeois. Louise Bourgeois’ Eyes (2001) is a large-scale multi-eye, surrealist installation. Eyes are a recurring theme in surrealism and Bourgeois used the iconography to create her grandeur sculptures.

Bourgeois was a French American Artist, who worked with large-scale sculpture and installation art, painting and printmaking.

As for the virtual side of Storm King, Site Ecology: Land, Leadership, and Artis an online exhibition that explores the history of the center and the landscape. 2020 marks the 60th anniversary of Storm King Art Center, and this special exhibition will show archived documents and photographs that date back to its founding.

Celebrate the reopening of Storm King by planning a visit and purchasing a ticket.