Autumn and Artwork in the Catskills, NY

This post is a bit late, but I finally made the obligatory art student pilgrimage to Storm King, a 500-acre sculpture park in the Hudson Valley of New York.  This upstate locale, with its rolling hills, woodlands, and streams is beautiful enough on its own, and then you throw in more than 100 modern art sculptures and you have a pretty perfect afternoon.  We spent an entire, substance-free day wandering the park and could have stayed much longer.  While the sculptures are diverse in size, style, medium, and meaning, the setting asks you to examine art’s relationship to the natural world.  Being able to experience art  on such an immense scale, to walk in and around it, outside the white walls of the museum or gallery, propounding changes how we perceive and connect to the work–your experience becomes as much a part of the art as the sculpture itself.  And then the setting itself–rolling green hills and willows draping the shores of the creek.  Even if you’re not a fan of sculpture art, this place is worth a visit.

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CORNWALL, NY – September 24: Alexander Liberman’s sculpture work at Storm King Art Center

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CORNWALL, NY – September 24: Part of Dennis Oppenheim’s “Terrestrial Studio” exhibit at Storm King Art Center

Storm King

CORNWALL, NY – September 24: Part of Dennis Oppenheim’s “Terrestrial Studio” exhibit at Storm King Art Center

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CORNWALL, NY – September 24: Gox #4 by Ernest Trova, at Storm King Art Center

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CORNWALL, NY – September 24: Alexander Liberman’s sculpture work at Storm King Art Center

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CORNWALL, NY – September 24: Suspended, by Menashe Kadishman, at Storm King Art Center

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CORNWALL, NY – September 24: Three-Fold Manifestation II, by Alice Aycock at Storm King Art Center

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CORNWALL, NY – September 24: Broken Obelisk, by Barnett Newman at Storm King Art Center. As an inverted obelisk (modeled after the Washington Monument during the Vietnam War era), the sculpture represents “civic promises left unfulfilled” and was dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1971

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CORNWALL, NY – September 24: Part of Dennis Oppenheim’s “Terrestrial Studio” exhibit at Storm King Art Center

Storm King

CORNWALL, NY – September 24: Sea Change, by George Cutts, a moving sculpture at Storm King Art Center

Storm King

CORNWALL, NY – September 24: Part of Dennis Oppenheim’s “Terrestrial Studio” exhibit at Storm King Art Center

Storm King

CORNWALL, NY – September 24: Storm King Art Center

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CORNWALL, NY – September 24: Alexander Liberman’s sculpture work at Storm King Art Center

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CORNWALL, NY – Mark di Suervo’s sculpture work at Storm King Art Center

Storm King

CORNWALL, NY – Mark di Suervo’s sculpture work at Storm King Art Center

Storm King

CORNWALL, NY – Mark di Suervo’s sculpture work at Storm King Art Center

Storm King

CORNWALL, NY – Mark di Suervo’s sculpture work at Storm King Art Center

Storm King

CORNWALL, NY – Mark di Suervo’s sculpture work at Storm King Art Center

Storm King

CORNWALL, NY – September 24: Three Legged Buddha, by Zhange Huan at Storm King Art Center

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CORNWALL, NY – September 24: The Arch, by Alexander Calder, at Storm King Art Center

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CORNWALL, NY – September 24: Three Legged Buddha, by Zhange Huan at Storm King Art Center

Storm King

CORNWALL, NY – September 24: Willow tree at Storm King Art Center

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CORNWALL, NY – September 24: Sunlight through the willows at Storm King Art Center

Once you visit Storm King, you’re only across the Hudson River from another upstate NY art destination:  Dia:Beacon.  With only an hour ad a half until close, we decided to make the 15 mile drive and still managed to see a good portion of the museum, including Dan Flavin’s incredible light-based artwork.  Slightly more divorced from the natural surroundings of the Hudson Valley than Storm King, Dia:Beacon requires more of an appreciation for modern art, but this installation-based museum is still a must-see.

Dia:Beacon

BEACON, NY – September 24: Wall Drawing #273: Lines to points on a grid (1975) by Sol LeWitt. Dia:Beacon Museum

Dia:Beacon

BEACON, NY – September 24: Dan Flavin’s light artwork at Dia:Beacon Museum

Dia:Beacon

BEACON, NY – September 24: Sun shining in on Walter De Maria’s work at Dia:Beacon Museum

Dia:Beacon

BEACON, NY – September 24: Dia:Beacon Museum

Dia:Beacon

BEACON, NY – September 24: Dia:Beacon Museum

Dia:Beacon

BEACON, NY – September 24: Untitled (to you, Heiner, with admiration and affection) (1973) by Dan Flavin. Dia:Beacon Museum

Dia:Beacon

BEACON, NY – September 24: Crouching Spider (2003) by Louise Bourgeois. Dia:Beacon Museum

Once you spend the day cavorting around museums and art parks, you just have to make a weekend of it.  We decided to camp in the Catskills, cooking dinner and warming ourselves over a fire in Woodland Valley Campground.  The next day we had breakfast at the famous Phoenicia Diner an upstate oasis serving a great brunch and cocktails.  We spent the rest of the day chasing waterfalls listed in Hiking Waterfalls in New York.  The late summer dryness made for less than  spectacular waterfalls, but the setting was no less beautiful.

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CATSKILLS, NY – September 25: Cornell and Milo hiking in the Catskills

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CATSKILLS, NY – September 25: Cornell hiking in the Catskills

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CATSKILLS, NY – September 25: Catskills flora.

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CATSKILLS, NY – September 25: Vibrant fall colors in the Catskills

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CATSKILLS, NY – September 25: Waterfall in the Catskills

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CATSKILLS, NY – September 25: Waterfall in the Catskills

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CATSKILLS, NY – September 25: Waterfall in the Catskills

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CATSKILLS, NY – September 25: Wild berries growing in the Catskills

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CATSKILLS, NY – September 25: Vernooy Kill Falls Trail in the Catskills

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CATSKILLS, NY – September 25: Hiking the Vernooy Kill Falls Trail in the Catskills

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CATSKILLS, NY – September 25: Vernooy Kill Falls in the Catskills

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CATSKILLS, NY – September 25: Guelder Rose growing in the woods near Vernooy Kill Falls in the Catskills

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CATSKILLS, NY – September 25: Old stone wall near Vernooy Kill Falls in the Catskills

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