Gallery: Storm King Art Center: A Summer Retreat for Artsy, Outdoorsy N...

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Summer is here, and the city is hot. New Yorkers left and right are escaping the heat by heading out of town for the cool air of upstate's wide open spaces or Long Island's breezy beaches, or heading indoors to the crisp air-conditioned air of movie theatres and museums. Are you torn between nature and culture this summer? Debating between MoMA or the Catskills for your next excursion? An amazing outdoor sculpture park in the Hudson valley called Storm King Art Center offers the best of both worlds. Located just an hour north of the city in the Hudson Valley, the 500 acre outdoor museum is filled with more than 100 pieces of sculpture and land art from some of the most acclaimed post-war modern and contemporary artists. The peaceful sanctuary is a calming escape from the chaos of New York, so hit the jump for a glimpse of your next summer getaway.

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  1. Eluisa Altman July 22, 2011 at 9:32 am

    I would love to have one of my sculptures at Storm King. Right now I have four sculptures in public places; one at the Georgetown University, one “Mother and Child” at the Pufin Foundation in NJ, one at the City of Blue Springs, MO. and another edition of Mother and Child at the Suwanee, Georgia. This last one is on line for voting at:

  2. frandsen117 July 18, 2011 at 12:02 am

    For another fantastic outdoor museum experience, check out Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, MO, founded in 1976. A less vast setting than Storm King but wonderful because sculpture is not only laid out among the fields but also hidden within the woods, so you never know what you’ll find around the corner. Like most things to do in St. Louis, admission is free.

  3. jkgreen July 6, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    How neat. I’ll have to check it out.

  4. Rebecca Paul July 6, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    This looks like an amazing escape from the grind of NYC, and is definitely now on my list for summer. I can’t wait to be surrounded by all of that lush greenery!! I sometimes forget how beautiful the north east is during the summer. Great post and excellent photos!

  5. Diane Pham July 6, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Love this idea. Sculpture is so much better experienced and more easily accessible in a natural environment, rather than being placed in a pretentious gallery.

  6. Dan Mendes July 6, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Wow there’s a small sculpture museum like this on long island but over 100 pieces is astonishing. I need to make a weekend trip.