In addition to visiting the numerous Hudson River School painting exhibits scattered throughout the Hudson Valley, explore the many art museums representing the New York School and other modern works of art.
An exciting collection of 20th century modern and contemporary art is featured at the Neuberger Museum of Art on the campus of SUNY Purchase College near White Plains. Prestigious examples of modern, contemporary and African Art are included in their permanent collection of more than 6000 works. (914) 251.6100; www.neuberger.org
Just across the Tappan Zee Bridge, visit Nyack, the birthplace and childhood home of eminent realist painter Edward Hopper. In addition to exhibits on his work and life, the Edward Hopper House features the work of emerging and established artists. (845) 358-0774; www.edwardhopperhouseartcenter.org
A little farther north, Storm King Art Center’s rolling lawns house the largest sculpture park in the United States. The museum, located in Mountainville, celebrates the relationship between art and nature with works by many of the twentieth century’s most influential sculptors displayed on 500 acres of landscaped lawns, fields and woodlands. (845) 534-3115; www.stormking.org
Across the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge, Dia: Beacon, Riggio Galleries houses the Dia Art Foundation’s renowned collection, comprising art from the 1960’s to the present. The 300,000 square-foot facility is located on the Hudson River. (845) 440-0100; www.DiaArt.org
South of Beacon, Manitoga, the Russel Wright Design Center in Garrison, showcases the estate and studio of the industrial designer Russel Wright. His artistically distinctive lifestyle products brought modern design into the households of the American public in the 1950’s. www.russelwrightcenter.org; (845) 424-3812.
Take a jaunt back across the river and continue north to the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz to view an impressive collection ranging from 17th to 20th century American, European, and Asian works. Exhibits place a special emphasis on paintings by Hudson Valley region artists including Hudson River School and the Woodstock Colony for the Arts. (845) 257-3844; www.newpaltz.edu/museum
Across the river once more, discover the Omi International Arts Center in Ghent. The Fields Sculpture Park located here features contemporary sculpture in a natural environment. 100 acres of farmland are dotted with a broad range of large-scale work by established and emerging American and international artists. (518) 392 4747; www.artomi.org
Travel on to the New York State capitol city of Albany. The Empire State Plaza Art Collection, made up of 92 paintings, sculptures and tapestries, is considered to be the greatest collection of modern art in any single public space in the country. This impressive display includes works of the New York School. (518) 473-7521; www.ogs.state.ny.us/plaza/CT/Art.asp