Seneca Ray Stoddard was, according to the exhibit notes, a 19th-century artist-conservationist who was “instrumental in the establishment of the ‘forever wild’ Adirondack park.”
Beginning today (Friday), the New York State Museum will draw on its collection of hundreds of Stoddard’s photographs for its first exhibit dedicated to his life and work. Augmented by prints from the New York State Library and Glens Falls’ Chapman Historical Museum, the exhibit aims to show breadth of Stoddard’s interest in the beauty of the Adirondacks, and the depth of his talent in capturing this beauty.
Stoddard also recorded the interaction of people with the environment, and the changes wrought by development and changes in technology.
Seneca Ray Stoddard: Capturing the Adirondacks opens tomorrow (Friday, June 29) and will be on view through Feb. 24, 2013, at the New York State Museum (Empire State Plaza, Albany). Several events are planned for the exhibit, including docent guided tours on Sept. 8 and Dec. 8 (from 1 to 2 PM on both days), and a Family Fun Day on Sept. 15 (1-4 PM). Admission is free. For more info, call 474-5877.