The Rockwell Museum in Corning, New York
A big thank you to Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes for providing this cultural adventure. As always, all opinions are our own.

The Rockwell Museum in Corning, New York


The Rockwell Museum’s emphasis is certainly unexpected for this neck of the woods.

Back in 1976, Bob and Hertha Rockwell donated their collection of Western art to the city of Corning and set in motion a process that not only created the museum, but saved the historic old city hall building.

Perhaps the most popular part of the renovation of the Rockwell museum in Corning, New York, and the  first thing we noticed when we arrived, is Artemus (art is a must). It’s hard  to miss a life-sized bison bursting through a second story brick wall

The 1893 structure was about to be demolished, but fortunately the city found an opportunity to save the building -- and the money to tear it down -- selling it to the museum for one dollar.

It only took two-and-a-half million times that amount to transform the former city hall / firehouse / jail into a beautiful state-of-the-art museum.

Perhaps the most popular part of the renovation of the Rockwell museum in Corning, New York, and the  first thing we noticed when we arrived, is Artemus (art is a must). It’s hard  to miss a life-sized bison bursting through a second story brick wall

Perhaps the most popular part of that renovation, and the first thing we noticed when we arrived, is Artemus (art is a must).

It’s hard to miss a life-sized bison bursting through a second story brick wall. In one of the museum’s many outreaches to local schools, he was named by a second grade contest winner.

The Alley Art Project, which is a special collaboration between The  Rockwell Museum and the High School Learning Center where young artists paint  murals in alleys around Corning, New York

Other programs include free admission for everyone under seventeen, a student gallery devoted to displaying artwork created by students, and the Alley Art Project.

Alley Art is a special collaboration between The Rockwell Museum and the High School Learning Center where young artists involved in the instruction program showcase their talents through murals in Corning's side streets.

WATCH: The community benefits that stem from projects like Alley Art are countless!

The family exploration studio at the Rockwell Museum, New York
The Family Exploration Studio allows ample space for creativity

The entry to the Rockwell Museum in Corning, New York
One of the first things we noticed were the vibrant colors - so unusual for a museum of art - but it worked, beautifully!

James Earle Frazer’s The End of the Trail at the Rockwell Museum in Corning, New York

We were thrilled to find several iconic pieces of Western art inside the beautifully restored gallery.

James Earle Fraser’s The End of the Trail, was closely followed closely by Cyrus Dallin’s Appeal to the Great Spirit.

Cyrus Dallin’s Appeal to the Great Spirit at the Rockwell Museum in Corning, New York

Both statues depict Native Americans on horseback, but with vastly different emotions, one exhausted and trail weary, the other raising his arms in prayer.

We immediately recognized Appeal to the Great Spirit from the silhouette of it that was famously seen on The Beach Boys in Concert album from 1973.

It was also the logo for their record company, Brother Records.

Other well-known works in the collection include Albert Bierstadt's stunning painting Mount Whitney, and several by the king of Western art, Frederic Remington, including Winter Campaign, The Cheyenne, and The Arizona Cowboy.  

Like any good cowpoke, Arizona is a tall drink of water… and we know right where he can get the glass - as Corning is famous for their glass.

OTHER NOTABLE WORKS THAT GOT THE GYPSYNESTER STAMP OF APPROVAL:

The Buffalo Hunt, William Robinson Leigh at the Rockwell Museum in Corning, New York
The Buffalo Hunt, William Robinson Leigh

Enamored with this untitled piece by Deborah Butterfield of a "driftwood" horse made of bronze at the Rockwell Museum in Corning, New York
We were enamored with this untitled piece by Deborah Butterfield of a "driftwood" horse - made of bronze

David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com

See our entire adventure in Corning!

DELVE DEEPER and find more to do in the Finger Lakes Area of New York:
Visit the Rockwell Museum website
Kick some glass in Corning!
Watch us soar above it all while gliding in a sailplane
We drove our motorhome on Watkins Glen Speedway!
See all of our adventures in New York!

A big thank you to Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes for providing this cultural adventure. As always, all opinions are our own.




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