HHV on exhibit at the Winter Antiques Show


Wednesday, 1/18/2012 3:03pm

Organizers of the Winter Antiques Show, the country’s most prestigious event of its kind, chose Historic Hudson Valley to mount a special exhibition for the show, which runs Jan. 20-29 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City.

The exhibition “Celebrating Historic Hudson Valley at 60: Rockefeller patronage in Sleepy Hollow Country” marks the 60th anniversary of John D. Rockefeller Jr.'s founding of Sleepy Hollow Restorations, now Historic Hudson Valley.

The dozens of pieces selected for this year’s loan exhibition exemplify the multi-generational Rockefeller legacy of research-based collecting, preservation, and interpretation of history. The fine and decorative arts objects chosen speak to the organization’s three-part collecting scope: the possessions of the New York families who once owned these river estates; historical resources which provide context for the people of the past who lived and worked on these properties; and emblematic objects representing key events in Hudson River Valley history.

Prominently reflected in the loan exhibition is Historic Hudson Valley’s spiritual father, Washington Irving (1783-1859), whose efforts as a writer and amateur architect thrust the concept of “Sleepy Hollow Country” upon the international stage during the 1800s. Beginning in the early 19th century, the Sleepy Hollow area was recognized the world over as quintessentially American. Washington Irving, chief among the writers and artists referred to as the “Kindred Spirits,” immortalized this and other locales in the Hudson River Valley as otherworldly places steeped in deep traditions, folklore, magical power, and scenic beauty.

Jeff Daly, formerly the chief designer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is mimicking Sunnyside in his design of the loan exhibition, which is sponsored by Chubb Personal Insurance.

As part of its coverage of the show, Antiques and Fine Arts commissioned two articles by HHV staff: One, which can be read by clicking here is an overview of the organization, and the other, which can be read by clicking here, is about early American portraits in the organization’s collection.

The Winter Antiques Show is open to the public daily, Jan. 20-29, from noon to 8pm (6pm on Sundays and Thursday). Click here for more information.


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