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The Wander Society’s Adventure Lab in the Landscape

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  • The Wander Society is a secretive underground organization who believes in the intrinsic power of wandering to transcend the problems of modern society, access a higher plane of consciousness, and participate in direct experiences of life. The Wander Society’s Adventure Lab is a mobile unit that functions as a secret portal into the operations and activities of the underground organization. Designed as a space to facilitate exploration the lab is complete with various wandering tools, images, a random assignment machine, and a wandering library.

    In the 1860s when the Churches were travelling in the Middle East, Isabel Church said she “loved the tent life” while they were travelling in remote areas by caravan. They also tented in the Adirondacks, Maine, and on many of Church’s remote painting expeditions. The family’s library is filled with tales from adventurers, travel books, and particularly William Prime’s Tent Life in the Holy Land. Installed in parallel with this season’s exhibition, conceptual artist and NYT’s best-selling author Keri Smith created the Adventure Lab and in turn pays homage to the tent and adventuring from the Church’s 19th century experiences, while layering the past with contemporary participatory adventures for visitors to Olana. Designed for all ages, come explore the lab, and make your own adventures. Free and open 8:30am to sunset daily. Opens July 14th and closes on December 1, 2018. For more information visit

Olana State Historic Site
  • 5720 New York 9G
  • Hudson, NY 12534