A $4 million project to turn a Victorian Palace Arts Journal into a museum inspired by artworks by artists such as Thomas Pynchon and Mark Rothko will be the brainchild of art historian and museum director Stephen J. Baskin.
The project, which is set to be completed in the next two years, will house a large collection of works by the two artists and will be open to the public.
Borrowing from the ‘Art of Life’ exhibition, Baskins hopes to create an immersive space that will provide an intimate space for people to see and learn about their work, said Baskas Art Museum’s curator, Sarah H. Johnson.
“We think it’s going to be an experience that will help us understand how the human mind works, and how the way that the mind works and the way people interact with the world affects their creativity,” Baskens director of development, David M. Schaffer, told the Times Union.
“We are really excited about this project, and we really want to be able to create something really special here.”
The project is being spearheaded by Basken, who has worked with the museum for the past five years.
“Our main goal is to get the Palace Arts Museum to a point where it can be truly recognized as a major cultural resource,” he said.
“That means the museum has to do more than just educate the public, it has to be a museum that can be open and open and really welcome people to come and see their work.”
The new museum will house four sections: a gallery for the paintings and drawings; a gallery of the works; an exhibition hall with large paintings and sculptures; and a gallery with the original drawings and paintings.
“In order to create this kind of a place, we need to bring together a diverse set of people who share an interest in art, and art history and art theory,” Basksart said.
He noted that the project is also a collaboration between the museum and other institutions such as the New York Public Library.
“Art is one of those topics that’s really hard to connect with and not really easy to talk about, and this is a really great opportunity to do that with an international audience,” he added.
“The Art of Life exhibition is a perfect example of what I mean by that.”
The exhibition will be hosted by the American Society of Art History, and the project will also feature artworks from museums such as The Museum of Modern Art, The Royal Academy of Arts and The New York Academy of Sciences.
Baskins said the Art of Man is one that is a central part of his life and that the new museum has the potential to become a place for people who may not be able or interested in art to see their artwork.
“It’s a very human experience,” he told the newspaper.
“It’s really exciting.
The exhibition hall will be really fun, because the artist will be there, and it’s all there.
It’s a lot of people that will be coming together and just talking about what they’ve done and how they got their work done.
It will be a lot like the museum, but it’s not just a museum.”
The Art Gallery of New York, where the new exhibition will take place, has a collection of over 200,000 works, but the collection is mostly housed in its historic building, and Baski said that it’s also a “fascinating” space.
“This is a space that I think people will love, and I think it will be an interesting place to be,” he promised.
“The museum will be able take a lot more people to it than just art historians,” said Baskson.
“People who are not art historians, but just people who want to see art and who are interested in museums.
I think that’s a really exciting place for us.”