Photo Exhibition Captures Power of Scenic Hudson's 50 Years of Work, Valley's Beauty and Complexities

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 -- Scenic Hudson

Jay Burgess
Director of Communications, Scenic Hudson, Inc.
Tel: (845) 473-4440 x222 Cell: (914) 489-0362 Fax: (845) 473-0740

Show opens Jan. 19 in Hudson and during 2013 will travel to additional valley venues before concluding at Grand Central Terminal

HUDSON VALLEY—Scenic Hudson's story began 50 years ago when six courageous people mobilized a mass campaign that protected legendary Storm King Mountain and led to national environmental legislation. The campaign achieved a landmark legal victory, the "Scenic Hudson Decision," which democratized the environmental movement, unleashing the power of an informed, engaged citizenry to protect cherished natural resources. For the first time, citizens had legal power to shape projects affecting the environment. Since 1963 Scenic Hudson has partnered with residents, elected officials and business leaders to preserve the valley's beauty, make the Hudson River healthier, revitalize riverfront communities, ensure that all have access to the river, and strengthen local agriculture.

Photographs exhibition—a celebration of shared successes

To help celebrate these successes during its 50th anniversary year in 2013, Scenic Hudson will present a curated exhibition of photographs that pay tribute to the organization's inspiring story and to the valley's people and communities. The exhibition—"On Time and Place: Celebrating Scenic Hudson's 50 Years"—will travel to approximately six public spaces throughout the Hudson Valley during 2013. Images in the curated component of the exhibition were culled from accomplished photographers and vividly communicate the impact of Scenic Hudson's work. The photographs speak to the valley's magic, history and complexities as well as the enduring love so many feel for the region. The diverse group of artworks includes traditional landscapes but also views of waterfronts in transformation and places bearing scars of pollution and other challenges still to be addressed.

Exhibition opens in culturally rich City of Hudson

The historic Hudson Opera House, a noted multi-arts center at 327 Warren St., will debut the exhibition, which will open with a reception on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibition will run through Saturday, Feb. 16.

Curator and advisors

The curated portion of the exhibition has been organized by Kate Menconeri in collaboration with Scenic Hudson. Ms. Menconeri is the former program director with the Center for Photography at Woodstock and is now with the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. She holds a master's degree from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. Advisors on the project include photographer Annie Leibovitz, Metropolitan Museum of Art Senior Curator of Photographs Malcolm Daniel, independent museum consultant William Burback and photographer and former Scenic Hudson Board Member Dawn Watson.

Works of wonderfully talented photographers give exhibition its power and appeal

Scenic Hudson issued a call for work to solicit images from photographers. The response was very enthusiastic and the photographs submitted demonstrated great talent, a rich diversity of perspectives and passion for the Hudson River and the valley.

Thirty-four works by 12 photographers were selected for display as framed images. These photographers are: Carolyn Marks Blackwood, Jerry Freedner, Sandy Gellis, Chad Kleitsch, David La Spina, Eric Lindbloom, Tanya Marcuse, Greg Miller, Robert Rodriguez Jr., Michael Sibilia, Joseph Squillante and Susan Wides.

While space was limited for displaying framed photos, Scenic Hudson was so moved by the artistry and personal expressions of all the photos submitted by the call for work, the organization created a way to display them all. These works will be displayed electronically on interactive iPad kiosks. The iPad kiosks also will showcase photographs Scenic Hudson received from Facebook fans, historic images and an interactive timeline of Scenic Hudson's achievements during its first 50 years.

Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan said, "Scenic Hudson was born through the vision and determination of citizens. Long before being 'green' was a concept, these people understood that the Hudson River and land along its shores were vital to the region's quality of life and prosperity. The show of photographs, to us, is the ideal way to excite people about what Scenic Hudson and allies have accomplished in 50 years and to motivate many more people to join with us as we continue pushing to protect and enhance our area's natural resources for public enjoyment."

Curator Kate Menconeri said, "It has been an honor to work with Scenic Hudson to assemble an exhibition that celebrates their first 50 years. In thinking about how to pay tribute to an organization that has done so much vital work, I was interested in finding projects that resonate with Scenic Hudson's mission and major achievements and that share their concerns about the complex conservation challenges ahead. The accomplished photographers selected for the show all make their homes close to the banks of the Hudson. The title of the exhibition is meant to reflect not only this moment for Scenic Hudson but also, and quite intentionally, all of the artwork selected is deeply tied to time and place. Many of the artists, moved by Scenic Hudson's mission, made new work to honor the organization. Visitors will have the chance to see those original pieces along with iconic and luminous landscapes, work that creatively draws upon the cultural history of the region, those that speak to the sublime and personal connections to the river, and works that evidence environmental degradation and critically challenge us to consider the important work that lies ahead for this unique river valley."

Exhibition sponsorship

Canson Infinity is a sponsor of the exhibition through a donation of its fine-art photograph paper.

The "On Time and Place" exhibition is one part of how Scenic Hudson will celebrate its 50th anniversary and the people and other partners who have made the victories possible. Throughout 2013 the group will hold events in its network of parks up and down the river and offer volunteer opportunities for people to experience the region's unique natural treasures and be part of Scenic Hudson's efforts to make the area an ever-better place to live, work and have fun.