Photos Courtesy of Hunter Musuem of American Art
If you’re seeking some culture in the Scenic City, head on over to the Hunter Museum of American Art, where you can enjoy art and culture galore. The museum’s collections and exhibitions are spread out in three different buildings — including a beautiful early 20th-century mansion atop the bluff — and feature paintings, sculptures, photography, textiles, and glass from the Colonial period to today. Check out the installation art exhibit “Baggs McKelvey: Indigo,” which is made entirely out of denim, or the ongoing photo exhibit “Depicting the Invisible,” featuring works that portray the lasting effect of war on those who serve. At the Hunter, you can have museum-going down to a fine art. huntermuseum.org
Ken Browar and Deborah Ory, Samuel Lee Roberts, 2017. Dye sublimation print on aluminum, 50 x 42 inches, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Clothing by Issey Miyake, Image courtesy of the artists.
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From May 21st through September 6th, the Hunter will be featuring the special exhibit “Power, Passion & Pose: Photographs by Ken Browar and Deborah Ory.” This collection of nearly 50 beautiful works accompanied by costumes will highlight the intersection of dance and couture fashion with photography. The exhibit is a joint collaboration among artists, dancers, and choreographers.
Ashley V. Blalock, Bridging the Hunter (from the series Keeping Up Appearances), 2020. Crocheted cotton yarn. (c) Ashley V. Blalock, 2021.
In the east wing of the museum, the fabulous and immense crocheted red doilies by artist Ashley V. Blalock hang majestically within the stairwell leading to the Hunter Mansion. These crimson installation pieces are meant to combine craft, fine art, and everyday objects.
Public art is seen as a collaboration between artists and the community – a way to use space to affect art. The Hunter has an extensive collection of public art pieces in the form of large-scale outdoor statues that decorate the city, on both the grounds of the museum and beyond.