“Click!” and “Making Their Mark” @ The Hyde Collection [Get Visual]
Reviews by David Brickman
In a time of transition for The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, two small shows drawn from the museum’s permanent collection are on display. The more significant of the two was curated by outgoing Director Charles Allan Guerin, who will be replaced in July by former Hyde curator Erin Coe. Titled “Click!: Selections from the George Stephanopoulos Collection,” the Hoopes Gallery display features 31 photographs chosen from among more than 120 that were recently donated to the Hyde by the political and media pundit. It hangs through Sunday, May 31.
Having heard the news about this important addition to the collection, I was eager to have a look – and I’ll admit I was a bit disappointed not to be seeing the whole trove. Guerin culled the larger group down to the work of 12 artists (pointedly describing them as such in the show’s written material), with a nice range of styles, methods and time frame, creating a mini-lesson in the history of the medium of photography. A few of those included are widely regarded as significant, and none of the work is second rate, but some is rather little known, a treat for a crusty old curmudgeon like me who thinks he has already seen all the worthwhile pictures of the 20th century.