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Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse

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The Everson Museum of Art in Downtown Syracuse, New York is a major Central New York museum focusing on American art.HistoryThe museum was founded in 1897 by art historian George Fisk Comfort (who also helped found the Metropolitan Museum of Art); at that time, it was called the Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts. In 1911, it announced that it would seek to collect only American art.Over time the museum occupied several different buildings, including the Onondaga Savings Bank and the Syracuse Public Library, but it outgrew each facility.In 1941, Helen Everson made a gift to the city of Syracuse for the purpose of erecting an art museum. A groundbreaking took place in 1965, and in 1968 the new Everson Museum of Art opened. The new building was designed by internationally acclaimed architect I. M. Pei, and is regarded as a work of art in its own right.The Everson Museum collaborates with Light Work and the Urban Video Project (UVP) to exhibit video art on the facade of the building, including important works by Bill Viola, Jenny Holzer, William Wegman, among others. In the summer time, they host a film series which is very popular for residents of Syracuse.The Everson Museum of Art is also a famous location for skateboarders. Although illegal, on June 21, better known as National Go Skateboarding Day, skateboarders are allowed to skate at the museum. Central New York skateboarders often have signs that say "FREE eVe" meaning free the Everson Museum of Art.
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  • Fantastic building with fabulous exhibits. And am impressive permanent collection. Unfortunately, often taken for granted and under utilized  more »
  • Everson, what have you done? I visited about five years ago and was absolutely bowled over by the breadth and quality of your ceramics collections--truly world class. So when I heard you had opened a ...  more »
  • This art museum did not seem to have much in it, however what they did have was very good. It is also located in an area downtown that one can walk to  more »
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  • Classic brutal architecture, the building that houses the art is art itself. Really liked the current exhibition, Angela Fraleigh: Between Tongue and Teeth.
  • Very good collection of sculptures and mixed media. Not a very big collection of paintings. Some photographs. Excellent building design and first museum designed by I. M. Pei. All in all, a great way to spend a few hours.
  • Once again Elizabeth Dunbar and her staff have brought new life to the Everson. The latest show, "Three Graces", is a feast for the senses., alive with color, stunningly displayed to bring a resounding "WOW" as your visceral response/ Don't miss a visit to this show. It will fill you with joy. Every gallery is new and refreshing thanks to Dunbar's vision. Once again , the Everson is the treasure it was meant to be.
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  • Very small and sparse. This museum took us only 15 minutes to go through. I think we spent the most time in an installation about Farside-esque comics. What do you expect for $5 donation? I was more interested in the Erie Canal Museum.