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Art Adventures Await in the Hudson Valley with Bloomberg Connects

The Hudson Valley has long been a haven for artists and art lovers. Now seeing and experiencing art is even more accessible with Bloomberg Connects, a free app that features curated content and guides, giving audiences a behind-the-scenes look at hundreds of museums and cultural institutions around the world. In the Hudson Valley alone, Bloomberg Connects offers guides to some of the best cultural destinations, giving visitors of all ages new ways to engage with and experience art.

So next time you’re ready to do a little exploring in your own backyard — whether it’s a weekend getaway or an afternoon adventure — Bloomberg Connects will show you where to go and what not to miss. Scroll down for some of their Hudson Valley highlights.

Magazzino Italian Art

Since opening in 2017, Magazzino has firmly established itself on the upstate art circuit as the go-to venue for post-war and contemporary Italian art (and the only institution in North America dedicated to arte dall’italia). A permanent exhibition dedicated to Arte Povera, the avant-garde movement that stormed Italy in the 1960s, is on view alongside rotating shows — many of which include dedicated audio content on Bloomberg Connects. Magazzino offers a full-immersion experience: its two warehouse-like pavilions are set on five acres of land, which are also home to a drove of endangered Sardinian donkeys, who, of course, make a cameo on Bloomberg Connects.

*Magazzino’s design is intentionally minimal, with no printed signage. Curatorial insights are available exclusively on Bloomberg Connects!

Photo Credit: Magazzino Italian Art, photo by Javier Callejas.

Magazzino Italian Art
2700 US-9, Cold Spring, NY 10516

Dia Beacon

Dia Beacon is an architectural masterpiece set in a former Nabisco factory, conceived by Minimalist sculptor Robert Irwin, and recognized on the National Register of Historic Places. The Dia collection is a veritable who’s who of mid-century American art, with works by Richard Serra, Donald Judd, Louise Bourgeois, and Senga Nengudi, among others, on long-term view at the organization’s Beacon location. Short-term programming runs throughout the year, while the gardens are connected to riverfront parkland, perfect for exploring in all seasons. In-depth video content featuring interviews with artists, historic footage, poetry, and performances from the Dia archive are all part of the Dia guide on Bloomberg Connects.

*Dia Beacon’s design is intentionally minimal, with no printed signage. Curatorial insights are available exclusively on Bloomberg Connects!

RITA MCBRIDE. Photo by Don Stahl. Courtesy of Dia Beacon 2023.

Dia Beacon
3 Beekman Street, Beacon NY 12508

Storm King

For the days when it’s too hard to decide between art and nature, there is Storm King — a 500-acre outdoor museum where large-scale sculptures are installed in conversation with the surrounding landscape. Opened in 1960 as a place where artists could realize projects too big for anywhere else, Storm King commissions new pieces annually and boasts works by dozens of the most important artists of the past decades. Audio and video content on Bloomberg Connects includes oral histories, artist interviews, and detailed discussion of the works on-site, while the app’s map feature is the perfect way to plan your route, on foot or on one of Storm King’s rentable bikes.

Zhang Huan, Three Legged Buddha, 2007. Gift of Zhang Huan and Pace Gallery. © Zhang Huan Studio, courtesy Pace Gallery. Photo by Jerry L. Thompson

Storm King Art Center
1 Museum Road, New Windsor, NY 12553

The Dorsky Museum

For a more traditional, yet entirely contemporary art-viewing experience, The Dorsky, located on the SUNY-New Paltz campus, offers an encyclopedic collection of almost 7,000 objects from the past 4,000 years of human life. The Dorsky’s rotating exhibitions present a mix of international contemporary artists and past and present makers from the Hudson Valley. Definitely don’t miss this season’s Purple Haze, an exhibition about drugs and the ways in which they are portrayed and perceived in the Americas. The Dorsky is constantly creating new ways to interpret their collection — from an annual artist residency that brings new perspectives to the campus to the Collection Pathways feature on Bloomberg Connects, which presents mini exhibitions of works that share unexpected connections from the collection.

Courtesy of The Dorsky Museum

The Dorsky Museum
SUNY-New Paltz, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, NY 12561

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Conceived as part of the original vision for Vassar College, the Loeb is a teaching museum that functions as “a catalyst for scholarly, creative, and social justice work.” As such, it is actively engaged with conversations about art, museums, and the roles institutions play in society. Programming integrates the Loeb’s 20,000-piece collection, which includes deep holdings from the Hudson River School, as well as antiquities and photography. Highlights this season include Silver Linings, an exhibition on loan from Spelman College, which celebrates the collection of the historically Black liberal arts college for women and the values and history it shares with Vassar. It’s a special year for the Loeb, which marks 160 years of collecting at Vassar in addition to 30 years in its César Pelli-designed space.

Emma Amos, 2/4 Time, 1984, Mixed media, 37 x 47 inches. Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. Spelman College Purchase. Photo courtesy Spelman College Museum of Fine Art.

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
Vassar College, 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604

Art Omi

Art Omi is something like an all-ages playground. With exhibition spaces both indoors and out, there is no bad day to visit. Dozens of large-scale sculptures and architectural interventions are spread over 120 acres, with new works being added on a regular basis. Art Omi also hosts a contemporary art gallery for short-term exhibitions and programming that includes music and art workshops for kids. Families are a special focus here — with content on Bloomberg Connects specifically designed for kids and guides to help young art lovers understand what they are seeing.

LevenBetts, Zoid, 2018. Photo: Art Omi.

Art Omi
1405 County Route 22, Ghent, NY 12075

Summer, fall, winter, or spring, the Hudson Valley has all the best art experiences for a first date or a family outing. And even more, Bloomberg Connects lets you explore institutions up the road or across the world.

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