We’ve had a great winter at Shelburne Museum with Backstage Pass: Rock & Roll Photography and look forward to summer and a spate of great exhibitions. What better way to commemorate Shelburne Museum’s 70th anniversary than by saluting the outdoor life? Our esteemed founder, Electra Havemeyer Webb, was a woman with a serious interest in the rugged outdoors, inspired no doubt by the Webb family which participated with great zeal in riding, hunting, and fishing.
So it is entirely appropriate that 2017 will feature two exhibitions and one grand opening all focused on sporting culture. We present Upstream with Ogden Pleissner (May 1–October 31) featuring some of the artist’s most compelling works from our permanent collection and Wild Spaces, Open Season: Hunting and Fishing in American Art (June 3–August 27), a collaboration with three other prominent national museums focusing on the depiction of sport from the Colonial era to World War II. Additionally, on September 1 the Museum will celebrate the Grand Reopening of Dorset House and the reinstallation of our renowned duck decoy collection. Three years in the making, this new immersive experience will present this collection in an elegant and informational manner for years to come.
While the Museum is now open year-round, thanks to the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, May 1 continues to be the magic date kicking off six months of full-throttle activity across the campus. Outdoor lovers will enjoy a day spent exploring our extensive grounds and beautiful gardens and families will adore the circus displays, the steamboat Ticonderoga, and our hands-on activities and demonstrations. I am particularly thrilled that we are installing a new element in Bostwick Garden, an iron trellis, matching the existing feature which will make this outdoor room ambidextrous and invite visitors to stroll from east to west and back again at the center of our campus.
Come celebrate our 70th with us! Electra’s irrepressible spirit will welcome you!