Storm King Art Center, named after its proximity to Storm King Mountain, is an open-air museum located in New Windsor, New York. It contains what might be the largest collection of contemporary outdoor sculptures in the United States. Founded in 1960 by Ralph E. Ogden as a museum for Hudson River School paintings, it soon evolved into a major sculpture venue with works from some of the most acclaimed artists of the 20th century. The site spans approximately 500 acres. We visited last week and were astounded at the beauty everywhere we looked and the marvelous sculptures found situated all over the grounds. Here is some of what we saw.
Roy Lichtenstein designed a painting of a mermaid to grace the side of a functioning sailboat. Following Lichtenstein’s plan, students from the Rhode Island School of Design painted the boat, Young America, which then raced in the 1995 America’s Cup. The late J. Carter Brown, former director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and long-time Storm King board member, was an enthusiastic sailor, and facilitated the donation of the vessel to Storm King after it was retired from competition.