The Hyde Collection has announced the appointment of Erin B. Coe as its new director. Coe was the chief curator of The Hyde until she left in 2014 to complete her doctoral degree in the history of art and architecture at Boston University. She also served as the museum’s interim co-director.
Erin Coe organized the first-of-its-kind O’Keeffe and Lake George exhibition in association with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in 2013. The exhibition brought together from public and private collections 58 paintings created by the artist between 1918 and 1934, the years when she summered at Lake George with famed American photographer Alfred Stieglitz and his family. Coe co-authored the book Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George, which presented scholarship that shed new light on the iconic American artist.
The exhibition drew national media coverage and record-breaking attendance at The Hyde. It traveled to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, N.M., and the De Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco where it closed in 2014.
During her 15-year tenure at The Hyde, Coe was also responsible for the care, research, interpretation, and growth of the museum’s permanent collection of European and American art. She has curated and/or co-curated 38 exhibitions including Picturing Gentility: Portraits of Women in American Art; Painting Lake George, 1774-1900; Adolph Gottlieb: 1956; An Enduring Legacy: American Impressionist Landscape Paintings from the Thomas Clark Collection, and was instrumental in overseeing Andrew Wyeth: An American Legend and Degas & Music, two of the most popular exhibitions in the museum’s history.
Coe also oversaw the interior restoration of Hyde House, the former Italian Renaissance style home of Museum founders Louis and Charlotte Hyde in 2004. She is the author and/or co-author of over a dozen publications and has contributed articles to several national art periodicals including the American Art Review, The Magazine Antiques, and the Catalogue of Antiques and Fine Art.
Coe serves on the advisory board of American Women Artists and has served on the board of several cultural organizations including the de Blasiis Chamber Museum Series, the Marcella Sembrich Memorial Association in Bolton, and the Lake George Arts Project.
Coe grew up in Glen Ridge, N.J., and earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of New Mexico and a master of arts degree from the University at Albany. She attended the Attingham Summer School for the Study of Architecture, Fine, and Decorative Arts in the U.K., and is completing her doctorate at Boston University.
Coe returns as successor to Charles Guerin, who has served as The Hyde’s director for the last two years. She is expected to assume her new duties in July.
The Hyde Collection’s permanent collection of more than 3,600 pieces spans centuries and includes works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Degas, Seurat, Picasso, Renoir, Botticelli, El Greco and Tiepolo as well as major American artists including Eakins, Hassam, Homer, Peto, Ryder, Vedder and Whistler.
The Hyde Collection presents major changing exhibitions in its two galleries, as well as lectures, cultural events, family activities, and school and outreach programming in its historic house at 161 Warren St., Glens Falls. For more information, visit www.hydecollection.org or call 518-792-1761.