Reading Objects 2015

By Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art

Subjects: Art
Imprint: Distribution Partners
Paperback : 9780692269282, 76 pages, September 2015

Table of contents

Sara Patsi
Do Museum Collections Matter?
Wayne Lempka
Harlequin Resting, 1946 (Byron Brown)
Chris Brandon Whitaker
Card Players, 1944 (Milton Avery)
Gerald Sorin
Head of a Satyr, c. 100 (Roman artisan)
Frank Boyer and Keely Hunter
Untitled, New York, 1985, reprinted 1997 (Allen Ginsberg)
Aaron Knochel
Wooster View, c. 1955 (Leonard Baskin)
Suzanne Stokes
Filibuster, n. d. (William Gropper)
Gerald Benjamin
“Swans, The Ice” she said”, 2001 (Anne Gorrick & Cynthia Winika)
Larry Carr, Joan E, Perisse, and Mark E. Fakler
Automat, Time Square, 1956, reprinted 2009 (Frank Paulin)
Fran Smulcheski and Wendy Vierow
Personage, 1975 (Man Ray)
Sheila Goloborotko
Frank “Happy” Miller, 1940 (Chester Eisenhuth)
Joanne Bernardo and Jennifer Carlquist
Still Life #607, 1997 (Kenro Izu)
Susan Miller
15 Strange Things on the Clear Morning Sky, 1982 (Jan Swaka)
Laura M. Silvernail and Peter Kaufman
Woodstock, 1928 (Theodor Roszak)
Kerry Dean Carso
Oceanic Feeling, 1987 (Françoise Gilot)
Stephan J. Macaluso
Cape Canaveral, Moon Launch, 1968 (Joel Meyerwitz)
Erica Marks and kt tobin
Dress, 1973 (Lilo Raymond)
Caroline Wolfe
Wooden disc with one wedge cut out, 1980 (Saul Steinberg)
Reva Wolf and Catherine Hern
Chopper, c. 1968 (Gary Noffke)
Morgan Gwenwalk and Mary Stevens
Basket Hat, n. d. (mid-20th Century) (Pomo Indian people)
Pepper Boetcker
Democracy/Theocracy from the series American Heritage, 1994 (Jonathan Wahl)
Sarah Wyman

Art Works/Responses
About the Dorsky

Interdisciplinary responses to works in the permanent collection of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz.


Reading Objects 2015 is part of an ongoing, interdisciplinary series featuring works from the permanent collection of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York at New Paltz. The artworks are accompanied by texts or other responses prepared by SUNY New Paltz faculty, staff, and students.

Exhibitions such as Reading Objects 2015 are one of a number of ways that the Dorsky Museum is able to periodically display selections from its permanent collection of over five thousand objects. Like many museums, the Dorsky has many fine examples of artworks from diverse cultures and time periods that never see the light of day. It is these works—the ones that are housed in the dark recesses of museum storage—that this Reading Objects exhibition highlights.

Each staff member at the museum was asked to review the collection database and choose five objects that he or she felt would be good candidates for the exhibition, keeping in mind each work's potential for diverse narrative interpretations. Staff were also asked to consider works that had rarely or never before been on public display. Over thirty selections were then pulled from storage for the staff to review, and this provided lively and spirited discussions as each staff member defended his or her selections. In the end, nineteen works made the final cut.