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Boscobel Announces 2018 Exhibition

August 13th, 2018

Campaign Furniture: The March of Portable Design

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Garrison, NY – August 2018) – Boscobel House and Gardens proudly announces its 2018 exhibition, Campaign Furniture: The March of Portable Design, featuring two dozen 18th- and 19th-century examples that are as functional as they are elegant. Collapsible chairs, tables, beds, and more were once considered essential equipment for military officers, Hudson River School artists, and well-heeled tourists. These ingeniously designed objects document the desire for the comforts of home, even when out on the road.

Campaign Furniture was inspired by Boscobel’s renowned collection of New York furniture, the rich military and artistic history of the Hudson River Valley, and the tens of thousands of picnickers who bring their own stylish equipment to Boscobel every summer.

Campaign Furniture: The March of Portable Design opens on Saturday, August 25 and runs through Sunday, November 4. Admission is included with tickets to the house or grounds.

All are welcome at the opening reception on Sunday, August 26 from 4:30-6:30pm. Immediately following Military Reenactment Day, enjoy an insider’s look at the exhibition, installed in the Gallery and throughout the Historic House Museum, with light refreshments. The reception is free, but advance reservations are appreciated via Donations are welcome. Guests interested in attending Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s 7:30 performance of Richard II are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance via

In the fall, Boscobel will offer a host of programs related to the exhibition:

What’s to love about “campaign furniture”? Enjoy a private peek in the Gallery and throughout the Historic House Museum, then hear from experts about why these 18th- and 19th-century forms are not only collectible antiques, they are inspiring new generations of urban dwellers, designers, and mass-market retailers from Pottery Barn to Target. Reception to follow.

Friday, October 5 at 6:30pm (exhibition open from 5:30-6:30pm)
Boscobel’s Entrance Hall
Adults: $26; Members, students, and artists: $16
Advance reservations recommended.

Interact with Hudson Valley artist Mike Leggett as he demonstrates the artistry, skills, and secrets of expert woodworking before power tools. This program is organized in conjunction with Boscobel’s exhibition Campaign Furniture: The March of Portable Design, on view through November 4 and is made possible, in part, through the Putnam Arts Council’s Arts Link Grant Program, with public funds provided through the NY State Council on the Arts with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NY State Legislature.

Saturday, October 20, 10:30am – 4:30pm (begins every half hour)
Boscobel grounds
Included with pay-what-you-wish admission
No registration required.

Artist/historian James Lancel McElhinney is an expert on period practices of drawing and painting on the move. Based on decades of research, McElhinney will discuss and illustrate the tools and techniques used by expeditionary artists like William Guy Wall, Jacques-Gerard Milbert, and West Point-trained military explorers like Seth Eastman and James Abert. In this talk, co-sponsored with the Garrison Art Center, McElhinney unpacks the mobile practice of 19th-century journal-art.

McElhinney’s presentation is in conjunction with Boscobel’s exhibition, Campaign Furniture: The March of Portable Design, which includes his own limited edition print series, Hudson Highlands Suite Volume One: North River.

Friday, October 26 at 6:30pm
Boscobel’s Entrance Hall
Adults: $25; Members, Students, and Artists: $15
Advance reservations recommended.

Image credit (above): André Roubo, Plate 250 of L’Art du Menuisier, (1st ed., Paris, 1769). Image courtesy of the New York Public Library.

Many thanks to the sponsor of Campaign Furniture: The March of Portable Design

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