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Wednesday, Dec 3, 2003

Hyde Presents Rodin Exhibition

December 3, 2003
CONTACT:  Stacey Mattison
Communications Manager
518-792-1761 x 20

Glens Falls, NY - From January 18 through April 11, 2004 The Hyde Collection will present the exhibition Rodin: In His Own Words, Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.  Organized by and culled from the Cantor Foundations own collection, the exhibition features thirty-five bronze sculptures by the French artist Auguste Rodin (1840-1917).  The works included in this show span the gamut of his artistic legacy and will be displayed with a selection of books and original framed letters.  In addition, each sculpture will be accompanied by a quotation from the artist intended to provide the viewer with a better understanding of his working methods and philosophies. 

At the height of his career, Rodin was regarded as the greatest sculptor since Michelangelo.  His genius lay in his ability to liberate both his subject matter and his style from nineteenth-century academic conventions through a heightened sense of personal artistic expression.  Rodins artistic mission was to communicate the vitality of the human spirit.  His vigorous modeling technique was subjective and impressionistic; he captured movement and depth of emotion by altering traditional poses and gestures to create new forms of intense vitality.  His pioneering work lives in the publics imagination because of his bold technique and his choice of often nontraditional and provocative subject matter.

Born to modest means, Rodin attended the École Impériale de Dessin (the Petite École, a government school for craft and design) and the Gobelins tapestry manufactory, where he studied drawing.  Although he was awarded two prizes for drawing and modeling at the age of seventeen, Rodin was unable to gain admittance to the prestigious and conservative École des Beaux-Arts, which refused him three times.  For part of his career Rodin earned a living by producing ornamental sculpture under the French master of decorative arts, Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse.  Around the end of 1875 he journeyed to Italy to study the sculpture of Michelangelo, whose work greatly influenced his style.   

By 1900 Rodin had achieved the pinnacle of success: European nobility paid him tribute, and an entire pavilion was devoted to his work at the Paris World Exposition.  In 1908 he moved to the Hôtel Biron, where he lived and worked until his death in 1917.  A year before he died, Rodin donated his entire estate to the French government.  Today the Hôtel Biron serves as the home of the Musée Rodin, which is dedicated to his work.

About the Cantor Foundation:

B. Gerald Cantor (1916-1996) and his wife, Iris Cantor, built the largest and most comprehensive private collection of works by Auguste Rodin.  Concentrating on quality and significance, the Cantors collected approximately 750 large- and small-scale sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, and memorabilia.  As an extension of their collecting zeal and their generous patronage the Cantors undertook a program to share their art with the public, a mission now actively promoted by Mrs. Cantor, who serves as Chairman and President of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.  More than 450 works from the Cantor Collection have been given to over seventy museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. 

Exhibition Related Programming:

Saturday, January 17
Rodin: In His Own Words, Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation
Opening reception for Hyde members and their guests only.
Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Saturday, January 24
Rodin: In Your Words (A Haiku Project)
Children participating in this program will have the opportunity to write a haiku poem about works in the Charles R. Wood Gallery and create their own Rodin inspired sculpture. Sponsored by CDPHP.
FREE for Hyde members, $2 for not-yet members
Time: 10:30 AM - 12 Noon
Louis P. Brown Art Studio

Sunday, January 25
What Was He Thinking?
Visitors will have the opportunity to see and discuss the current exhibition Rodin: In His Own Words then complete a project based on Rodins most famous sculpture, The Thinker, in the art studio.
FREE admission.  Sponsored by Niagara Mohawk.
Time:  2 PM
Louis P. Brown Art Studio

Tuesday through Thursday
February 17, 18,  & 19
There's a Little Rodin in All of Us
Sculpture class for children of all ages!
$45 for Hyde members, $55 for not-yet members
Call Tanya Tobias, education coordinator as 518-792-1761 ext. 17 for more information or to register.
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (children 6-10)
Time:   1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (children 11-16)
Louis P. Brown Art Studio

SPECIAL NOTATION: As part of The Hyde Collection's comprehensive furnishing plan, Hyde House is temporarily closed due to extensive renovation efforts.  However, the remainder of the museum complex remains open with special programming and exciting temporary exhibitions.

The Hyde Collection is a historic house and art museum complex that combines the heritage of the Adirondack Region with a distinguished permanent collection consisting of works by European old and modern masters and American artists, important decorative arts and antique furnishings. In addition, the Museum provides changing exhibitions in four gallery spaces, lectures, concerts, family activities and school programming as well as a Museum Shop. Admission is FREE with voluntary donations accepted. The Hyde Collection is a publicly supported institution located at 161 Warren Street, Glens Falls, New York.  Open year-round Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM  5 PM; Thursday till 7 PM; Sunday noon  5 PM. Closed Mondays and national holidays. Admission free. For information, call 518-792-1761.



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