Shaker Museum Celebrates their 60th Anniversary with a Photography Exhibition, Benefit and Lecture in New Lebanon.
The Shaker Museum and Library invited artists and the general public to focus their camera lenses on Mount Lebanon Shaker Village and to submit the results for a summer photo exhibition entitled “Visions of Mount Lebanon.”
The Museum’s 60th Anniversary Celebration is Saturday, July 10, and tickets for the Celebration party start at $100. Click here for reservations and more details or call 518-794-9100.
Also, on Wednesday, June 30, at 7 p.m. the Museum will present a lecture exploring the history of photography and the Shakers entitled “Do You Know Any of These Good Folks: Photographing the Shakers.”
The “Visions of Mount Lebanon” exhibit will be on display at the Joline Arts Center on the Darrow School campus in New Lebanon will feature over 70 photographs from invited artists, the general public, and area students, as well as historic images from the Museum’s archives and large-format photographs made last year by the National Park Service as part of its Historic American Landscapes Survey of the site. Selected works will be auctioned during the Museum’s 60th Anniversary Celebration, with proceeds benefiting the Museum.
The exhibition will be installed by noted exhibition designer and Museum board chair Jeff Daly. Jeff L. Rosenheim, Curator of Photographs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, has agreed to serve as guest juror, selecting photographs for auction and adding commentary for the exhibition.
Mount Lebanon housed the Central Ministry of the Shaker movement from 1787 to 1947. It was the largest of all of America’s Shaker communities, at its peak consisting of over 150 buildings on thousands of acres, and home to over 600 people living in eight Shaker “families.” Today, the site is a National Historic Landmark, and its North Family is being restored as the future home of the Museum.
“This promises to be a fascinating exhibition,” said Rosenheim, “to see how individuals of a variety of backgrounds, ages, and artistic experience respond to this beautiful historic place and interpret it through the medium of photography. I am pleased to be able to participate in it.”
The photographers represented in the show were asked to donate one print of a photograph taken at the site. The list of invited artists includes local and national photographers—some new to the site, and some who have submitted photographs taken decades ago. All photographs in the exhibition will be reviewed by Rosenheim, who will choose a selection of public submissions to include with the invited artists’ work in the silent and live auctions at the Museum’s 60th Anniversary Celebration on July 10. Other works will be sold during the exhibition.
Photographs taken by area students from Mountain Road School and Darrow School in New Lebanon and from Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth in Canaan—all three institutions on original Mount Lebanon lands—will also be on display. Darrow students produced their own archival prints as part of their photography classes, and groups from Mountain Road and Berkshire Farm students worked with consulting photojournalist Jane Feldman.
“The Joline Arts Center is the perfect place for a photography show of this kind,” noted Daly. “The modern building, set in the glorious landscape of the Lebanon Valley, and surrounded by the Shaker Village, is inspirational.”