Museum Blog

Give membership a try!

On Saturday, The Hyde will host a Member Opening event from 2 to 5 pm for Dox Thrash, Black Life, and the Carborundum Mezzotint and Francisco Goya: The Caprichos Etchings and Aquatints. Whenever there is a Member Opening — a free event for Museum members, one of many perks of membership — we offer a…
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Hyde House inspires spirit of Isadora Duncan dancers

“If I could tell you what it meant, there would be no point in dancing it.” ― Isadora Duncan For Jeanne Bresciani, visiting The Hyde Collection last year was like returning home after years away. “I just felt like I was floating through a space that is so core and instrumental to everything I am…
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Living with art

A new program at Skidmore College allows students to “borrow” works of art from The Tang’s extensive collection, giving them the opportunity to live with fine art. In a recent article in the Times Union, Tang Director Ian Berry is quoted as saying, “It allows for our students to get to know our art collection,…
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Paolo and Francesca latest of its kind

In a recent Ask the Expert question from a visitor named David, The Hyde’s Director of Curatorial Affairs and Programming Jonathan Canning looked into the history of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’ Paolo and Francesca in the Library of Hyde House. According to Canning, “Ingres painted at least six versions of Paolo and Francesca that I know of…
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Delve into the Mona Lisa from your living room

I visited The Louvre for the first time last May. As most visitors do, I waited in line to enter the Salle des Etats, was ushered through the room, caught a fleeting glimpse of da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, then was forced cattle-style, shoulder to shoulder with no real control, out the door. At one point,…
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Art history, stitch by stitch

As a child, I fancied myself a serious embroiderer. I don’t remember how I learned or even who introduced me to it, but I remember that I would buy kits with money I saved, then stitch away and give my completed wares as gifts. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized some people…
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Study: Art experiences extend your life

A recent study released by University College London (UCL) found that people who regularly visit museums live longer than those who don’t make room and time for art in their lives. Researchers recognized that economic status plays a role in life expectancy and, in general, people with higher education and income levels are more likely…
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Century-old casts tell story of damaged artwork

We are frequently asked what happened to Mourning Woman, the sculpture in Hyde House Courtyard. The Greek sculpture dates to the fourth century BC and is the oldest work in The Hyde’s permanent collection. We sometimes joke that the sculpture’s head broke off when a particularly rambunctious child bounced into its base — an answer…
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Van Alstine named ‘Featured Artist’

Prominent sculptor John Van Alstine was named Featured Artist of the Month by Studio Sweet, a new business in Saratoga Springs. Van Alstine’s Ara I is exhibited on The Hyde’s front lawn. In summer 2020, The Hyde will exhibit his Transformations: The Art of John Van Alstine (June 20–September 13, 2020), and we can’t wait…
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Hyde’s van Gogh featured in PBS segment

The Hyde Collection’s works are loaned out all over the world, and have been for decades. The most recent to be transported off site is Vincent van Gogh’s Orchard with Arles in the Background, an ink drawing that was last exhibited at The Hyde in November 2018. Included in a South Carolina’s Columbia Museum of…
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