- Jim McLaughlin Photography
- Hyde House
Founded in 1963 by Charlotte Hyde—a Glens Falls native and daughter of local influential paper mill owner Samuel Pruyn—and her husband Louis, the museum has become known as a regional destination for viewing works from many of the greats of Western art canon, including Sandro Botticelli, Rembrandt van Rijn, Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, as well as American artists Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, and James McNeill Whistler.
In recent years, the museum’s collection has also grown from the Hydes’ original collection to include Modern and Contemporary pieces from influential artists like Josef Albers, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, Robert Rauschenberg, and Bridget Riley.
Add to that the fact that visitors get to tour such an impressive collection in the serene, personal context of the Hydes’ former home, and you end up with an experience unlikely to be paralleled even by other house museums like the Frick Collection in New York City.
In addition to its permanent collection, this June, The Hyde Collection is mounting two highly anticipated exhibitions that reflect its prominence and strength as a museum with both international and regional appeal.
- John Van Alstine (American, b. 1952), Sisyphean Circle 10-16-16, 2016, granite and galvanized and powder coated steel, 57 x 52 x 18 in. © John Van Alstine.
You won’t want to miss the experience of Van Alstine’s “Charon’s Steel Styx Passage,” a metal sculpture featuring Greek ferryman of the dead, Charon’s boat precariously buoyed 17 feet in the air on Hyde House’s lawn. “His combination of materials—raw natural elements such as stone and discarded pieces from quarries against man made elements—resonates deeply with viewers,” says Canning.
- José Guadalupe Posada (Mexican, 1852-1913), Antonio Venegas Arroyo (Mexican, 1852-1917), Amorosas Cuaderno, no date, illustration from lead engraving plate, Brady Nikas Collection, Posada-art-Foundation.com.
“This is the first significant Mexican print show that The Hyde has ever shown, and examines how Posada’s art was used in that first technological wave of popular printmaking in Mexico,” says Canning.
For hours and admission, or to learn more about The Hyde Collection, visit Hydecollection.org.
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