Storm King Art Center in June

Alexander Calder, The Arch (foreground)

Alexander Calder, The Arch (foreground)

The day was hot, and I’d had a late start, but I decided to give it a try. The Storm King Art Center is about an hour’s drive south, and I arrived at noon. Instead of taking to the open fields, I followed a path up toward the museum, shaded for much of the way. The humidity was down, and there was a welcome breeze. It turned out to be a boon to veer off my past course, as I gained new angles on familiar works and happened across others, by Hepworth, Nevelson, Pomodoro, and von Rydingsvard, I’d not seen before.

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Franz Joseph Haydn, Symphony No. 58 in F major, Hob.I:58 (1767) (The Academy of Ancient Music, conducted by Christopher Hogwood)

The symphony is in four movements—I. Allegro, II. Andante, III. Menuet alla zoppa (“limping”). Un poco Allegretto – Trio, and IV. Finale. Presto. Its instrumentation includes 2 oboes, 1 bassoon, 2 horns, and strings (8 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 double bass).

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Robert Grosvenor, Untitled

Robert Grosvenor, Untitled


Credits: The photographs, as always on the blog unless indicated otherwise, are mine.

14 thoughts on “Storm King Art Center in June

  1. hilarymb

    Hi Susan – stunning art … just beautiful and thanks for posting for us .. looks an amazing place – cheers Hilary

  2. newleafsite

    Sue, don’t know whether Haydn is perfect for summer, or just perfect for following you around the landscape, but this has been another great outing! — Elizabeth

    1. Susan Scheid Post author

      Elizabeth: I was listening to the Bruckner symphonies, but when the summer came on, they just didn’t suit. Then I got hold of these box sets of Haydn and have been listening to them nonstop. So I think you may be right about Haydn and summer.

  3. angela

    Long time, Susan, but always delighted when I log on and ‘visit’. This art center is divine! Truly, what works plunked down in what seems no where. Brilliant – thank you for sharing!

    1. Susan Scheid Post author

      Angela: How nice to “see” you! It’s a spectacular place–I’m sure you would love it. Perhaps one day you’ll get up this way and be able to see for yourself, who knows?

  4. shoreacres

    Nevelson never fails to appeal, and this is no exception. Your detailed photo’s especially interesting. Calder’s Arch seems perfectly situated, too. What a wonderful place to visit — and the weather looks stunning. I confess to just a tiny bit of jealousy over that low humidity, but October will come, eventually!

    1. Susan Scheid Post author

      shoreacres: Yes, I’m particularly partial to Nevelson–and as I’m sure you can imagine, the full scupture photos just don’t do justice, which was the inspiration for snapping at least a couple details. The weather was perfect that day, and the cloud formations were particularly interesting, too.

  5. David N

    IF there were just one illustration to prove Calder’s genius, that first of yours would be it. As shoreacres points out, the Arch seems perfectly placed. Love the Hepworth too – only connect, been admiring Family of Man at dawn and in the afternoon on the Snape marshes…

    Do you know the name of the sculptor whose big work is on the lawn at Bard? It looks from the above that it could be Robert Grosvenor.

    1. Susan Scheid Post author

      David: The Arch was marvelous from every vantage point–quite an artistic conjuring trick. I love the Hepworths I’ve seen. (I’ve only seen a few–the first of which were at the Tate-Ives, if I recall correctly.) The light for these sculptures wasn’t the best, but I HAD to commemorate them with photographs nonetheless.

        1. David N

          When I was there it was on the lawn going towards the river behind the main college building. Must dig out a couple of photos I took of it.

  6. Friko

    I love sculpture parks, there are several in Germany which I have visited and enjoyed. You walk in the landscape and one of these edifices rears up ahead of you and when you get nearer you see angles and lines you never expected. You very cleverly photographed one seen through the body of the other. You have an eye as well as music.

    1. Susan Scheid Post author

      Friko: So pleased to “see” you! I was really pleased to get that view of another sculpture in the arch of Calder’s Arch. You’re absolutely right in the way you describe these edifices rearing up, then closing in on them, they yield altogether different facets. I’m glad this one is close enough by to allow for periodic visits.

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