“Art as a passport.” Go on an escape through art and nature in Yonkers
Go on an escape through art and nature in Yonkers on this Road Trip: Close to Home.
First, let’s take our imagination on an adventure at the Hudson River Museum.
Just be sure to reserve a ticket because the museum is running at a limited capacity. Then dive into a world of landscape and travel. “What we thought of here at the museum was using art as a passport and a way to travel without having to leave your hometown, or without leaving your region,” says Director of the Hudson River Museum Masha Turchinsky.
An example is an exhibit by Cynthia Daignault who set out on an epic solo road trip around the U.S. capturing unique scenery every 27 miles. From far away this exhibit looks like a collection of photographs, but, if you take a closer look, the details tell a whole different story. “It is an amazing way to experience the continental United States without ever leaving home and this whole project has been brought to us with the support of our terrific partner, Art Bridges,” says Turchinsky.
Then head downstairs because you won’t want to miss an exhibit that features the work of two artists who explored the US-Mexico border. “Through their own art practice they’ve shown us, or tell us, stories about what migration means to those who have experienced it and they also compel us to think about we’re maybe 1 degree from a migration story,” explains Turchinsky.
After that inspiration, head outdoors to Untermyer Gardens and soak in the beauty of the Wall Garden, which was based on the idea of a Persian garden dating back thousands of years ago. “The Wall Garden has magnificent sort of structure, in that it has large walls around it with towers it looks like a fortress or a castle,” says Untermyer Gardens Conservancy President Stephen Byrns.
During your visit, don’t forget to check out the Temple of Love. Not only is it a great place to sit and relax, but it also offers some of the best views of the Hudson River. “The hardscape of Untermeyer Gardens is fascinating and that alone is worth the trip,” says Byrns.