If it’s been awhile since you visited the Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, the waning summer of September is definitely the time. In fact, two new exhibitions grace the grounds of Storm King, one of the world’s leading sculpture parks.
With David Smith: The White Sculptures (through Nov 12), the museum has returned to its roots. Fifty years ago, founder Ralph Ogden acquired 13 sculptures from Smith’s former Bolton Landing studio, kick-starting the art center’s focus on large-scale outdoor art installations. Now, it has placed six additional Smith pieces — large welded-steel constructions, all in white — on its Museum Hill. Smaller Smith pieces are also on display, in the indoor galleries.
At the opposite end of the color spectrum and in sharp contrast to Storm King’s verdant hills is Heather Hart’s barn-red rooftop structure, Outlooks: Heather Hart (through Nov 26). The fully interactive exhibit by the Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist lets visitors walk onto and under the rooftop and is accompanied by a rotating schedule of music, workshops, movement, spoken word, and poetry. Hart designed the rooftop piece — titled The Oracle of Lacuna — to give voice (literally) to the oral history of the Storm King region of the Hudson Valley and to its African American experience, in particular. For more info, visit stormking.org.