Storm King Art Center Celebrates Anniversary

Storm King Art Center, widely recognized as one of the world’s greatest sculpture parks, celebrates its fiftieth anniversary with a diversity of offerings throughout its 2010 and 2011 seasons. Highlights include 5+5: New Perspectives, a special exhibition comprising twelve new and recent works, which will be loaned and sited in Storm King’s expansive landscape by ten artists. Six of the sculptures were specially created for the occasion. Inside the museum building, Storm King presents The View from Here: Storm King at Fifty, an exhibition that explores many aspects of Storm King’s rich and varied history. Among other anniversary events are a gala dinner and auction at Sotheby’s in New York City, and a variety of programs.

Maya Lin
Maya Lin, Storm King Wavefield, 2007-2008. Earth and grass, 240,000 square feet (11 acre site) Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York. Photograph by Jerry L. Thompson

Located in Mountainville, New York, approximately one hour north of New York City, Storm King encompasses 500 pristine acres of rolling hills, woodlands, and fields in the historic Hudson River Valley.

Storm King President John P. Stern notes, “Storm King is thrilled to mark its fiftieth anniversary, both celebrating its past and continuing its tradition of presenting new works, including sculptures by artists whose work has never been on view here. In 2009, when Maya Lin’s Storm King Wavefield opened to widespread critical and public acclaim, Storm King welcomed a record number of visitors. We once again invite both old friends and first-time visitors to experience this singular haven for modern and contemporary sculpture.”

On the occasion of its anniversary, Storm King asked ten artists to create a new work or select a recent one to loan to the sculpture park. Five of the artists are already represented in Storm King’s collection: Alice Aycock, Chakaia Booker, Andy Goldsworthy, Mark di Suvero, and Ursula von Rydingsvard. Five are new to Storm King: John Bisbee, Maria Elena González, Darrell Petit, Alyson Shotz, and Stephen Talasnik.

For this special presentation, Storm King Director and Curator David R. Collens worked with the artists to select locations in which to site the sculptures, which will be dispersed throughout Storm King’s verdant hills and fields. The sculptures can thus be appreciated for their intrinsic value, as well as in relation to nearby works with which they are in dialogue, offering new perspectives on Storm King’s celebrated collection. Mr. Collens states, “We are honored that these artists, whose works represent such a diversity of styles and mediums, have agreed to help us celebrate our anniversary in this meaningful way.”

The works in the exhibition will remain on view for the 2010 season and, in many cases, also through the 2011 season.