The 2022 season at the Storm King Art Center has arrived and the sprawling outdoor museum filled with large-scale sculptures kicks off with a new exhibit. The new special exhibition features exterior and interior sculptures by Wangechi Mutu and a new site-specific commission by Brandon Ndife.
If you haven’t been to Storm King, add it to your family’s must-do list, stat. The expansive museum offers a unique opportunity to view large-scale sculptures and site-specific commissions in the open. An added bonus is that you’ll have a great day outside with lots of walking, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes. It’s also a good idea to have the kids bring their sketchbooks, as they can feel inspired by the massive artwork and the change in perspective depending on the angle they view it from.
As for the new exhibition, Mutu’s work engages with the natural world to address historical violence and its impact on women, mythology and ritual, and their relationship to our ecosystems. Outside on Storm King’s Museum Hill are eight of Mutu’s large-scale cast bronze works, including In Canoe Two (2022), a sculptural fountain in which two figures become one with their vase and the surrounding landscape.
In the galleries of the Storm King’s Museum Building, Mutu brings the natural world indoors through raw materials and visual representations, including new earthworks and two films: My cave call (2021) and eat cake (2013). In the exterior maple rooms of Storm King, an area where maple trees divide the woods into rectangular quadrants, Ndife’s shade tree (2022) is out now. Ndife’s sculpture is encrusted with tables, chairs, headboards and entire bedposts. This is the artist’s first outdoor project.
The new exhibits were celebrated at an opening event last weekend with speeches from Storm King President John P. Stern and Artistic Director and Chief Curator Nora Lawrence, as well as artists in Headlining. Notable attendees included Christy Turlington Burns, Courtney B. Vance, LaToya artist Ruby Frazier, Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Sarah E. Lawrence, Whitney Museum of American Art curator Jane Panetta, and artist Lee Quiñones.
“Storm King nurtures a dynamic connection between art, nature and people, engaging new voices and perspectives in dialogue with our extraordinary site, art and history. It couldn’t be more evident today. , with these exciting new projects from Wangechi Mutu and Brandon Ndife in our landscape,” said Storm King President John P. Stern.
Nora Lawrence, Storm King’s new Artistic Director and Chief Curator, added that “the new exhibitions we are presenting this year are unlike anything we have done at Storm King”.
Since 1960, Storm King has presented works of art amid rolling hills, meadows and forests in its beautiful landscape. Changing exhibitions and programming make each visit a new sensation.
This year’s exhibitions run until November 7, and the season ends December 11, 2022. For more information, visit stormking.org.