October 2, 2018 – January 19, 2019
“Brick by Brick: The Erie Canal & the Building Boom” is a contemporary art exhibition inspired by the shared story of the Erie Canal and the Hudson Valley brickyards. Powerful, large-scale installations and photographs commissioned especially for the exhibition are presented alongside historical artifacts, archival photographs and personal narratives related to the region’s once vital brick industry.
With its beginnings in the 1700s and New York’s early Dutch settlers, the story of brick-making in the Hudson Valley is a truly American story, rich with complex and challenging intersections of immigration, industry and innovation; of family enterprise, environmental impact and economic development. While the state’s brick industry faded after World War II, its byproducts are still present today in the cultural and physical composition of our towns and cities. Sidewalks, canal stations, municipal buildings, homes of all sizes, public works, factories and storehouses were built with Canal corridor brick.
Opening Reception: Join us Sunday, September 30 at 4pm. Details here.
Exhibition Programs: Programs will include Brick Bonds, A Bricklaying Workshop with Three Generations of Westchester Masons; Brick Hunters of the Hudson River Valley and Westchester Brick Swap; and Songs of the
Brickyards, the Untold Story of Haverstraw’s African American Community.