Hudson River Museum

Yonkers, New York


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Getting From Here To There


Through their transformation of familiar and natural landscape, bridges have served as defining icons and sources of inspiration for generations of painters, draftsmen and photographers. Getting From Here To There, which runs from Oct 2, 1998 through Jan 24, 1999 at The Hudson River Museum in Yonkers NY, tells the story of eleven area bridges from their planning and construction to their interpretation by leading American artists.

Featuring over 75 works, dating from 1940 to the present, this presentation includes paintings; lithographs; ink, pencil, and charcoal drawings, watercolors; and prints and photographs of bridges in the New York metropolitan area. The exhibition is generously co-sponsored by Thalle Construction Company. Inc. and Yonkers Contracting Co., Inc.

The exhibition was organized by a Curatorial tsam at the Museum: Richard Deely, Museum Educator, Ellen Keiter, Curator of Exhibitions, William Meister, Curatonal Volunteer, Cathrine Shiga-Gattulo, Director of Education, and Philip Verre, Director. The exhibit draws upon the public collections of the Museum of the City of New York, The Newark Museum, The Montclair Art Museum, The Toledo Museum of Art. as well as several prominent commercial galleries and private coilectors.

As a new motif. a formal device, a commentary on modern life, a celebration of new technology, or a romanticized longing for the past, American artists have been drawn to bridge structures since the mid-19th century when High Bridge was built to carry the fresh waters of the Croton Aqueduct into New York City. The show explores bridges through the trends of American Impressionism in Childe Hasasm's poetic Brooklyn Bridge in Winter and Reynold Beal's colorful Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge.

From top to bottom: Reynolds Beal, Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge, 1930, oil on masinite, courtesy of Beacon Hill Fine Art; Ernest Lawson, Harlem River, 1910, oil on canvas, Newark Museum

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