January 21 to May 14 at The Hyde

Glens Falls, N.Y.-Lorna Bieber isn't a photographer, but she creates works using images-sometimes as many as 100 of them-from other sources. The innovative contemporary artist selects generic stock images and  transforms them to create art that speaks to viewers as a mystical version of their own memories.

On Saturday, January 21, The Hyde Collection opens Lorna Bieber: Forces of Nature, which features the artist's massive photo montages and murals in the Hoopes Gallery.

At 2 pm, Ms. Bieber will give a Gallery Talk and provide insight into her inspiration and process.


"I have long admired Lorna Bieber's work and am thrilled to have the opportunity to present it at The Hyde," said Erin Coe, Director of the Museum. "Her photo montages are arresting in scale and subject. They challenge our notions of representation and leave us questioning the role imagery plays in everyday life," Coe added.

Bieber manipulates photographs by scaling, photocopying, cropping, inverting tones, and drawing on them. The works featured in Lorna Bieber: Forces of Nature re-create nature as an idyllic and poetic world of familiar images that evoke the spellbinding power of nature.

Bieber was trained as a painter, but turned her attention to photography while working as a picture editor at a national weekly magazine. Her subject matter started with natural elements, using trees, flowers, and animals, but has since broadened into more figurative subjects, sometimes with references to art history. Her work has been exhibited at The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Brooklyn Museum, Fogg Museum, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her works are in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Fogg Museum, Norton Museum of Art, and Bibliothèque nationale de France. Bieber has had fellowships at The Rockefeller Foundation, The MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo.

Lorna Bieber: Forces of Nature runs through May 14. A Gallery Talk opens the exhibition at 2 pm Saturday, January 21. Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be served.

What is The Hyde?

The Hyde Collection is one of the Northeast's exceptional small art museums with distinguished collections of European and American art, and Modern and Contemporary art. Its permanent collection of nearly 4,000 works spans centuries and consists of paintings, drawings, graphics, sculpture, furniture, and decorative arts. The core collection, acquired by Museum founders Louis and Charlotte Hyde, includes works by such artists as Sandro Botticelli, El Greco, Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens, Edgar Degas, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and American artists Thomas Eakins, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, and James McNeill Whistler. The Museum's collection of Modern and Contemporary art features works by artists including Josef Albers, Dorothy Dehner, Sam Gilliam, Adolph Gottlieb, Grace Hartigan, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, George McNeil, Robert Motherwell, Ben Nicholson, Robert Rauschenberg, and Bridget Riley. The Hyde Collection presents changing exhibitions in its three galleries, as well as lectures, cultural events, family activities, and school programming in its modern museum complex and historic house at 161 Warren St., Glens Falls.

For more information, please visit www.hydecollection.org or call 518-792-1761.

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For More Information:    

Rhonda Triller
Communications Associate
The Hyde Collection
518.792.1761 ext. 320