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Thursday, Aug 20, 2009

Coe to speak on Hyde's connection with Degas works

As part of the Season of Degas, The Hyde Collection’s Chief Curator and Deputy Director Erin Coe will present a special talk connecting the Museum’s founders with the current Degas & Music exhibition.

Slated for Thursday, August 20 at 6 pm, the presentation will explore the history of the works by Edgar Degas that were collected by Museum founders Louis and Charlotte Hyde and the Hydes’ musical associations with these works. Coe will also draw connections between Degas’s love for music, and Mr. and Mrs. Hyde’s love for music and the artists. The Hyde’s collected several works by Edgar Degas and many relate to the subject of music. In addition, Mrs. Hyde had a passion for music and encouraged musical performances in her home, as part of her mission to enrich her community. In Hyde House, Mrs. Hyde hosted opera performances, recitals, and chamber music concerts as part of the foundation of her philanthropic endeavor to share the arts with her home town of Glens Falls.

Coe began at The Hyde in 1999 and during her tenure she has curated twenty-two exhibitions. She has authored and co-authored numerous exhibition catalogues, most notably Painting Lake George, 1774-1900 (2005), and has directly managed the installation of more than forty traveling exhibitions, such as Natura Morta: Still Life Painting and the Medici Collections (2008); Luminist Horizons: The Art and Collection of James A. Suydam, (2007); and Edward Weston: Life Work (2006). She oversaw the interior restoration of the Museum’s historic building, Hyde House.

The next talk in the Season of Degas series - Degas & Opera – is scheduled for Sunday, September 13 at 2 pm. Lecturer Peter Wynne will explore Degas and his love for opera. Tailoring the talk to The Hyde’s Degas & Music exhibition, Wynne will explore the relationship of the artist’s work with those paintings and sculptures which directly relate to contemporary opera performances of the period.

Admission to the lectures listed above is free and open to the public and will be held in the Museum’s Helen Froehlich Auditorium. Seating is limited so those interested in attending are asked to call The Hyde at 518-792-1761, ext. 27 to make reservations.

A final lecture by guest curators of The Hyde’s Degas & Music exhibition (July 12 through October 18) is also scheduled for Saturday, October 3. This talk will be free for Hyde Collection members and $8 general admission.


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