Hartwick’s Yager Museum Opens New Exhibits, Sets Summer Hours

Hartwick College’s Yager Museum of Art & Culture announces it has opened two new exhibitions, and set its hours for the summer season.

Contested Identities: Images of Native Americans, 1880-1930, draws on compelling photographs from the Museum’s Falconer Collection to illustrate the struggles of Native Americans in retaining their cultural identity in the face of government efforts to assimilate them into general American culture.

Black Lives at Hartwick Then and Now is an exploration of the history of African Americans and African-American Life at Hartwick Seminary and Hartwick College from the 19th century to the present. The exhibition features photos and documents from the College’s Paul F. Cooper Jr., Archives and artifacts from the Museum collections.

Exhibitions continuing on view during the summer include:

  • Of Time and the River: 12,000 Years in the Upper Susquehanna Region, which features many Native American artifacts collected by the Museum’s founder, Willard Yager.
  • Masterpieces of European and American Art: Hartwick College’s Art Treasure Room, a permanent exhibition of works ranging from the Italian Renaissance to 20th century pieces by Rockwell Kent and Childe Hassam.
  • Along the Rails: Willard Yager, Native American Art and 20th Century Tourism is a student-curated exhibition that examines the Museum founder’s journey to the American Southwest, the cultures he encountered there and the artifacts he brought back to Oneonta.
  • In a Modern Vein: Contemporary Art from the Yager Museum Collection highlights the Museum’s modern art collections, featuring works by Rauschenberg, Calder, Warhol, and more.
  • Sandell’s Ecuador: Through Objects and Images is another student-curated exhibition, featuring the collections of an Oneonta missionary to the Amazon in the 1950s.

The Museum will be closed through May 31, reopening for the summer season on June 1. From June 1 to July 31, it will be open Wednesday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., after which the Museum will be closed until the start of the College’s fall semester on August 22.

The Museum is closed Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and College holidays.

The Yager is the Oneonta area’s only museum of art and culture. Admission is free and parking is available near the entrance on the first floor of Yager Hall. To reach the Museum, take West Street to Clinton Street and turn right onto Cayuga Drive. Follow Cayuga Drive to Yager Hall. Parking is available adjacent to the Museum entrance.

For more information on The Yager and these exhibitions, visit the museum’s website or Facebook page, call 607-431-4480, or e-mail Museum Coordinator Doug Kendall at kendalld@hartwick.edu.

Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,200 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick’s expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact:     David Lubell
E-mail:        lubelld@hartwick.edu
Phone:        607-431-4031

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