The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls has announced that in mid-March it will begin a set of renovation projects designed to enhance the visitor experience and display more art from the permanent collection. Work is planned for the lobby and admissions area, to improve access to technology throughout campus, and to convert its museum shop into additional gallery space.
These projects are part of the final phase of The Marquee Project, a capital campaign the Museum began in 2010, that has so far added landscaping and sidewalks, exterior lighting, and upgraded the museums sprinkler system.
Under Director Erin Coe’s, the remaining Marquee funds were prioritized to fulfill the Museum’s strategic vision to “A.C.T.” – a vision that focuses on accessibility, community engagement, and technology.
“The projects will move the organization forward by creating more exhibition space for our permanent collection and providing more visitor amenities such as Wi-Fi in the museum, streamlining the check-in process with admission desk upgrades, and comfortable seating,” Coe said in a statement to the press announces the changes. “While we’re at it, we will update our security system and vastly improve the gallery lighting with new LED technology throughout the Education Wing. These improvements will have a tremendous impact on the visitor experience, a strategic priority.”
In addition, the wood floors in the Hoopes Gallery and the new Whitney-Renz Gallery will be refinished and the Education Wing will receive new carpeting and a fresh coat of paint. Three flat-screen monitors will be installed in the Museum Lobby, so visitors can receive immediate and up-to-date information on programs, events, tours, concerts, and admission information.
The Museum’s gift shop will revert to its original purpose as the Whitney-Renz Gallery. Converting this space into a gallery will allow The Hyde more flexibility and greater opportunity to display additional work from the Museum’s collection of more than 4,000 objects. Recessed displays in the newly-renovated Lobby will continue to offer a selection of merchandise centered on the rotating exhibitions and the permanent collection.
The Museum is also taking steps to launch E-Museum in the fall of 2016. E-Museum is a internet-based application that integrates with The Hyde’s collections database to publish catalogue information on the objects in its collection.
The work is scheduled to begin mid-March and conclude in mid-May, in time for the opening of the exhibition, Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Selections from the Tom Golden Collection. Gary McCoola is the architect of record.
The Hyde Collection is a small art museum with a collection of European and American art. The Hyde Collection presents changing exhibitions in its two galleries, as well as lectures, cultural events, family activities, and school and outreach programming at 161 Warren Street, in Glens Falls. For more information, visit their website or call (518) 792-1761.