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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  • Overall a small museum but they pack a lot into the space. They do change out many of their exhibits so it keeps things fresh. Thy offer a lot of programs for kids of all ages. Sundays this winter is ...  more »
  • Concrete of the would-be inorganic is entered on the exterior of the building, without expecting too much, but from contemporary sculpture from old Europe furnishings exhibits quite a spread.
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  • Whenever we travel we always stop by a local museum, and my kids have been many places. We were very interested in this museum because it was designed by I.M. Pei. The building itself and courtyard ar...  more »
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  • This is a great museum I love the Everson Museum. It's a great place to bring kids to not only expose them to Art but also culture. It's a tribute two modern architecture the building itself and during the summer time they show movies outside using the building as a backdrop.
  • Nice collection. Good lighting. Cool use of mirrors to show the back sides of ceramics along walls. Seems some rooms are blocked off for future exhibits. 3rd Thursdays are free. Wednesday's are pay what you wish.
  • We had such a lovely visit! Every time we visit my family we stop by to take in the fantastic architecture and wonderful art. If not for the oddly trailing second floor security guy - don't remember being trailed conspicuously and creepily last time we visited - everything was great. Even my toddler really got caught up in the ethereal, surreal qualities of the architecture and space.
  • Wonderful contemporary art museum there were some truely inspirational and beautiful pieces.
  • Visited the museum to see the Christmas trees. What a fantastic display! Very well done.
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