Join Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon at BCB Gallery in Hudson, NY for an artist’s talk and reception with museum supporter and award-winning photographer Benjamin Swett.
Swett’s current exhibition, “That Unruly Sun: Interpretations of Shaker Interiors,” which features photographs of Shaker interiors, including those of Mount Lebanon, will be on display beginning October 20 and running through November 18.
Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, and by appointment. Benjiman Swett’s talk will be held on November 17, 5:00PM-7:00PM. Event admission is free for members of Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon and Hancock Shaker Village, and $5 at the door for all non-members.
Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon holds the world’s most comprehensive collection of Shaker objects, archives, and books, and stewards the historic North Family site at Mount Lebanon, the founding community of the Shakers. The Shaker Museum was founded in 1950 by John S. Williams, Sr. on his farm in Old Chatham, New York. Beginning in the 1930s, Williams traveled extensively to then-active Shaker communities and collected examples of their arts, industries, and domestic life, as well as spiritual artifacts. His approach was that of an anthropologist documenting the decline of a culture. Today the museum’s collection is a prime resource for scholars and curators. In 2004, the museum became the owner and steward of the North Family site at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village, consisting of 11 Shaker buildings on 91 acres, and the museum’s name was changed from Shaker Museum & Library to Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon. The Mount Lebanon site is open year-round, with a visitor center and shop open seasonally. The Old Chatham site, which houses collections storage, the library, and the administrative offices, is open year-round by appointment.