Storm King Art Center is gearing up for the summer season, when New Yorkers tired of scorchingly hot subway stations and the unique smells that accompany summer in the city start looking for any excuse to escape the concrete grid for a day. The open-air museum is located just 60 miles outside the city in New Windsor, and spans some 500 acres—to see each of the hundred-plus sculptures nestled in the landscape would probably take longer than just a day trip could allow, but simply wandering the grounds is a pleasure in and of itself.
Tomorrow, Storm King will open two new exhibits, which will run through November, when the museum closes for the season. Dennis Oppenheim: Terrestrial Studio features work spanning the artist's career, from Dead Furrow, a large earthwork designed in 1967 and displayed outdoors for the first time now at Storm King, to Oppenheim's Architectural Cactuses, which combine wood, acrylics, vinyl siding, windows, steel bolts, and other materials to create a whimsical "cactus" grove. Oppenheim, who was born in the Bay Area but moved to Brooklyn in 1967, was known for his large-scale public installations and sculptures, which he focused on from the mid-1990s until his death in 2011.
Also opening tomorrow is Measures, featuring three new works by Josephine Halvorson. This exhibit is this year's iteration of Storm King's Outlooks series, in which an emerging or mid-career contemporary artist is invited to install his or her site-specific work for a season. This is Halvorson's first-ever outdoor sculpture project, and it features three large-scale, painted, wooden rulers, hence the title.
"I like the way that art serves as a perceptual measure—of the conditions for experience and of one's own body," Halvorson says. "I want these painted sculptures to heighten an individual's curiosity of the environment, and their place within it. Storm King is a special site where one can understand scale in many ways: through distance and proximity, duration and seasonality, and of course history, both of art and nature."
These new exhibitions are just a fraction of the pieces on display at Storm King—the permanent collection is equally worth checking out, from iconic pieces like Alexander Calder's Black Flag to subtler landscape works like Schunnemunk Fork by Richard Serra. Admission to Storm King is $15 for adults, with discounts for children, students, and senior citizens. It's an hour's drive out of the city, but you can also take NJ Transit or MetroNorth to Salisbury Mills and take a quick cab ride from there. For more information on visiting and the current exhibits, head over to Storm King's website.