The Hyde Collection just finished up pay-as-you-wish December, when visitors could enjoy all the museum has to offer with a voluntary donation based on their experience. Now, the Hyde is looking forward to what 2018 will bring, and there are some really exciting exhibitions in store with female artists highlighted, incredible chronicles showcased, and more.
Here’s what we can look forward to at The Hyde:
Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau
January 14 to March 18, 2018
Alphonse Mucha (1860 – 1939) was known for his posters and graphic style, and he has an interesting backstory.
Mucha soared into fame in large part thanks to a French actress by the name of Sarah Bernhardt. She needed a poster for an upcoming show and was so thrilled by his work she signed him on under a six-year contract. Mucha’s advertisements attracted art lovers who sought them out to hang in their homes.
A Life and Art of His Own: The Paintings of Rockwell Kent From North Country Collections
April 8 to July 22, 2018
Rockwell Kent (1882 – 1971) was an American painter, printer, and illustrator who made a home in the Adirondacks in 1928. You can expect to see wilderness and Adirondack themes in his art, as well as works highlighting his social activism.
The artwork from Kent is coming from Ralf C. Nemec, who has the largest collection of Kent’s prints on the planet. A selection of ceramics decorated with designs by Kent, also from Nemec’s collection, will be included in the exhibition as well.
Kent painted many of his works right in his Adirondack studio based on drawings, sketches, and notes taken during his travels to Greenland, Tierra del Fuego, and other fascinating locations.
The High School Juried Show
May 12 to June 10, 2018
Get ready to see some of the best talent from area high school students right at The Hyde! For the 27th year, the museum is putting on the High School Juried Show with works from students in Warren, Washington, Saratoga, Hamilton, and Essex counties.
Janet Peterson: At Home and Abroad
August 5 to October 12, 2018
This exhibition is organized by the Mattatuck Museum and examines the career of American female impressionist Jane Peterson (1876 – 1965). The exhibition will include works derived from her travels in Europe, North Africa, and America.
Peterson was a very popular artist with major art collectors during her time, including John D. Rockefeller.
Women Impressionists From the Thomas Clark Collection
August 5 to October 12, 2018
You can see pieces from at least 15 different American female impressionist painters in this exhibition, which are coming from the collection of Thomas Clark. The works focus on American impressionist landscapes.
These artists received training in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Europe. During the 1800s, one of the only ways a middle-class woman was able to study art would be either at a school or under the direction of an art master like William Merritt Chase.
Few female artists from the 19th century received the recognition their pieces really deserved, so it’s especially rewarding that we’ll be able to enjoy their work today at The Hyde.
Nuremberg and Augsburg Chronicles
Opens November 2, 2018
The Hyde will be showcasing two chronicles from its collection: The Nuremberg Chronicle and The Augsburg Chronicle. A chronicle is a factual written account of important historical events in the order they occurred, and each of these is truly special in their own way.
The Nuremberg Chronicle was the first major printed and illustrated work in Europe, dictating the history of the world based on the Bible and enhanced with more recent histories from medieval sources. This piece is responsible for launching an informational and technological revolution that completely changed the medieval world.
The Augsburg Chronicle is thought to be the first example of copyright infringement in print – a copyright of the Nuremberg Chronicle. It was published in a German city near Nuremberg and is a smaller and cheaper “knock-off” of the original chronicle. The Hyde’s copy of this work is recognized as one of the finest in the entire country.