Storm King adds new sculpts

Works by two artists, plus a film screening

The Storm King Art Center isn’t just about stunning backdrops in a scenic location on the Hudson: the 500-acre park in New Windsor uses its site and sculptures to survey the world at large. Although much of his sculpture is permanently installed, he also mounts seasonal exhibitions that often comment on current events.

Detail from “She Walks” by Wangechi Mutu

This year, Storm King will present bronze sculptures and earthworks by Kenyan-born Wangechi Mutu, presented in an indoor and outdoor exhibition accompanied by a screening of the artist’s films. Additionally, an installation by New York-based Brandon Ndife is his largest work to date. Both exhibitions continue until November 7.

With the work of Mutu and Ndife at its heart, the 2022 season of Storm King “offers visitors very different approaches to art in nature, responsiveness to site, and how sculpture participates in and comments on events. around the world,” says Nora Lawrence. , artistic director and chief curator of Storm King.

Mutu uses a wide range of objects for his sculptures and collages, as well as during his performance rituals and films. Materials include ink, earth, ash, bronze, driftwood, horn, pigments, wine, and hair. His bronze works, including cast bronze woven baskets containing the coiled bodies of bronze snakes and the shells of giant bronze tortoises, are displayed in fields, meadows, woods and ponds.

Unveiled last week, “Crocodylus” is a 15ft sculpture installed on Museum Hill, the highest point in the park, offering views of the South Fields, nearby is a bronze canoe fountain, “In Two Canoe”, which offers a view of “Crocodyle” and snake basket work.

Other works will be presented inside, including “The Glider”, made in 2021 from materials collected in East Africa, and exhibited for the first time. In addition, My cave calla film she made last year, in which she transforms into a mythical figure in the volcanic city of Suswa, in Kenya’s Rift Valley, will be shown frequently. There will be an outdoor screening of other Mutu films later in the season.

Further south in the fields of Storm King, Ndife will showcase its first outdoor sculpture project. He mainly works with familiar objects such as furniture and kitchen utensils which he makes by hand, altering their appearance by casting them in polyurethane foam and resin, and often incorporating household items into surfaces.

“The effect is organic and sinister, suggesting a process of decay that subsumes everyday objects and embellishes them in a perpetual state of decay,” according to Storm King.

This project, shade tree, was installed in the Maple Rooms, where stands of maple trees divide the woods into quadrants. “Ndife’s sculptures take on an imposing scale in this setting – with entire tables and chairs encased in the moldings, which will be placed in the shade of the canopy and encircle the trunks of four maple trees,” says Lawrence.

Ndife calls the setting conducive to “playing with interiority and exteriority, protection and exposure. A lot of my work is about the interior, those spaces that we deem safe because they are in our homes – our wardrobes, our dressers, our personal space. By working outside I wanted to extend that conversation and think about exclusion – planned exclusion – and over nature, which is a canopy above all of us, something we affect but we can’t control.

“The exhibit interrogates the legacy of redlining, or the systematically sanctioned segregation of real estate, which recent studies have found has often left poorer communities and communities of color in urban areas with less green spaces and less tree cover,” he adds.

The Storm King Art Center at 1 Museum Road in New Windsor is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily except Tuesdays. Last admission is at 4 p.m. Reservations are generally required, except for members; see stormking.org/visit. Tickets are offered per vehicle and start at $23; Admission is free upon registration on the first Friday of each month in June, July and August. Storm King also offers a shuttle from Beacon Station on Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays for $35 (members $18, students $32, children $20). Free passes that don’t require a reservation are available at the Beacon, Cold Spring, and Garrison libraries for a car that seats up to six people.