State Museum Opens Erie Canal Art Exhibit

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Niagara Falls (Cave of the Winds), ca. 1888 Albumen silver print from glass negative Collection of Alexandra C. AndersonThe New York State Museum is has opened a new exhibit, Art of the Erie Canal.

On display through September 23, 2018, this companion exhibition to the State Museum’s current Enterprising Waters: New York’s Erie Canal looks at the art inspired by the canal and the opportunities it afforded artists, both trained and untrained, working in a variety of media, such as paintings, photographs, sketchbooks, ceramics, and beadwork.

A selection of 60 works comes from the collections of the New York State Museum, the Arkell Museum at Canajoharie, and other cultural institutions and private lenders from across the state. The Erie Canal, the foremost engineering marvel of the 19th century, sparked the imagination of artists in America and abroad. These works represent just a small sample of the wealth of Erie Canal art made over the course of its first 150 years.

The State Museum is located at 222 Madison Avenue in Albany. For more information, call (518) 474-5877 or visit the Museum website.

Photo: Niagara Falls (Cave of the Winds), ca. 1888, Albumen silver print from glass negative, by George Barker, Collection of Alexandra C. Anderson.

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