Hyde opens Degas exhibition
The Hyde Collection will open this weekend with multiple events marking the debut of its exclusive Degas & Music exhibition. The display will mark the first time that an exhibition of French Impressionist Edgar Degas’ work has exclusively focused on the artist’s fascination with music.
Opening weekend events are:
· Saturday, July 11 from 10 am – 5 pm – A special Member Preview Day where current and new members can view the exhibition free of charge. Individuals who wish to join the Museum for the first time and attend the Member Preview Day can do so by purchasing their membership at the door. As part of The Hyde’s 2009 membership drive, many membership level rates are being offered at a 50% discount during the run of the exhibition.
· Sunday, July 12 – noon – 5 pm – Degas & Music opens to the public. Admission is $10; $8 for seniors and students with ID, and $5 for Hyde members. Children under the age of 14 are admitted free.
Approximately thirty-five paintings and other works from major national and international collections, as well as The Hyde’s own holdings, will be included in the Degas & Music exhibition. As part of the exhibition, The Hyde will display for the first time its collection of rare heliotype Degas prints never before exhibited by the Museum.
According to Erin Coe, the Hyde’s chief curator, “Music as inspiration for the premise of a Degas exhibition is groundbreaking and its contribution to Degas scholarship has international significance.”
In addition to the Degas & Music exhibition, The Hyde is collaborating with more than 40 arts and community organizations to present the Season of Degas - a series of lectures, exhibitions, performances, and community events - all with Degas-related themes. The project brings together more than forty arts institutions and community organizations that will host programs from New York’s Capital District north to Blue Mountain Lake. More than seventy Degas-themed events will be held in six upstate New York counties through November, 2009.
“We are tremendously proud to be bringing this level of exhibition to upstate,” said David F. Setford, The Hyde’s executive director. “It is our hope that the excitement surrounding Degas & Music will translate into many more visitors, not only to The Hyde, but to the Glens Falls & Lake George regions and beyond.”