It’s going to be months until I get to Marfa, but there are other opportunities closeby to get a dose of huge, site-specific sculpture. Storm King, not far from NYC near Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, is a great example of a permanent exhibition that never gets tired. The autumn foliage in the area was just about at its peak this past weekend, and you can still plan a trip to the park until they close for the season, November 15th.
If you go, be sure to hop inside the hollow of Noguchi’s “Momo Taro” (Peach Pit). If you hum at the right frequency, you’re in for a sensational sonic experience. Down the hill from Momo Taro is one of my favorite pieces, “Suspended” by Menashe Kadishman. The scale of this piece is hard to imagine, but that’s true for most of the pieces in the collection. In fact, the immensity of the sculpture park itself is quite spectacular.
In this beautiful, easily navigable, landscaped setting you’ll have a chance to experience the works of Richard Serra, Ursula von Rydingsvard, George Rickey, David Smith, Nam June Paik (one of our group found Nam’s nose, leaving me wondering whether Storm King has its own crew of conservators), Mark di Suvero, Henry Moore, Louise Bourgeois, Andy Goldsworthy’s 2,278 foot long stone wall, and much, much more. Recommended: Picnic, camera, walking shoes, and binoculars if you’ve got ‘em.
[Above: 1. Ursula von Rydingsvard For Paul, 1990-92 / 2001; Cedar and graphite 172 x 108 x 164" ]
Humming inside Noguchi’s 40-ton granite sculpture “Momo Taro”
detail of Richard Serra’s “Schunnemunk Fork”
Got your nose!