Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917), Four Studies of a Jockey for Racehorses before the Stands from the portfolio Vingt Dessins, 1861-1896, 1897, heliotype, 10 1/2 x 8 in., The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, New York, 2008.9.3.

Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917), Four Studies of a Jockey for Racehorses before the Stands from the portfolio Vingt Dessins, 1861-1896, 1897, heliotype, 10 1/2 x 8 in., The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, New York, 2008.9.3.

GLENS FALLS—Coinciding with the 2018 Saratoga Racing Meet, The Hyde Collection will present Horse and Rider in its Rotunda Gallery from July 20 through September 9.

Americans have long romanticized their relationship with horses: the majesty of wild mustangs galloping through the plains, the allure of cowboys on horseback driving a herd, the utility of farmers tending their fields with horse-drawn plough, and the grace of racehorses.

Horse and Rider explores the relationship between man and beast in the contexts of sport, pleasure, and work. The exhibition comprises ten works from the permanent collection by artists such as Edgar Degas, Frederick Remington, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Anna Hyatt Huntington, Wilke, James Brooks, and Danny Lyon.

Highlights include Degas’ Four Studies of a Jockey for “Racehorses before the Stands”from the portfolio Vingt Dessins, heliotypes of the artist’s works made with his approval; and his Horse at Trough, which was cast in bronze from a wax model after the famed artist’s death.

Included in Horse and Rider are two photographs from Danny Lyon’s groundbreaking Conversations with the Dead series. Both were taken during Lyon’s fourteen-month-long project in 1967-68 in which he was granted access to seven Texas prisons and chronicled the lives of inmates. Young Boss shows an officer with a cigar in his mouth relaxing on horseback, a second horse’s face filling half the frame; The Line shows officers on horseback overseeing several small clusters of inmates working a field fenced in barbed wire.

Especially relevant on the heels of the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Sen. Robert Kennedy are photographs that highlight horses as recreation. Henri Cartier-Bresson’s Robert F. Kennedy and his wife and son in stables, Hyannisport, Massachusetts, and Robert F. Kennedy on horseback with his family, Hyannisport, Massachusetts, show private moments of one of America’s most famous families enjoying time at the family compound on the coast.

Rounding out the exhibition are watercolors, oil paintings, and sculptures.

“The racing season in Saratoga is a wonderful opportunity for us to exhibit some extraordinary works from our permanent collection,” said Jonathan Canning, director of curatorial affairs and programming. “Having such a wide variety of horse-inspired artwork demonstrates the importance man has long placed on our relationship with the animals.”

Related programming
The exhibition inspired educational programs for the summer. The SmArt in Art series is held Tuesdays, beginning July 24 and running through August 28. Each week, participants will explore a different topic inspired by Horse and Rider. The children will build their art vocabulary and expand their knowledge by exploring the connections between different artworks throughout the Museum. Topic headings are:

July 24: Anatomy
July 31: Movement
August 7: Viewpoints
August 14: Entertainment
August 21: Connections
August 28: Place

The program is held in two sessions: Children ages 3 to 5 are invited to SmART Tots from 10:30 to 11 am. There is a $2 activity fee. From 2 to 3 pm, SmART Series curriculum is developed for children ages 6 to 13. There is a $5 activity fee. Adult guardians will be charged Museum admission.

What is The Hyde?

The Hyde Collection is one of the Northeast’s exceptional small art museums with distinguished collections of European, American, Modern, and Contemporary art. Its permanent collection of nearly 4,000 works spans centuries and consists of paintings, drawings, graphics, sculpture, furniture, and decorative arts. The core collection, amassed by Museum founders Louis and Charlotte Hyde, includes works by such European masters as Sandro Botticelli, El Greco, Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens, Edgar Degas, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Americans Thomas Eakins, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, and James McNeill Whistler. The Museum’s collection of Modern and Contemporary art features works by Josef Albers, Dorothy Dehner, Sam Gilliam, Adolph Gottlieb, Grace Hartigan, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, George McNeil, Robert Motherwell, Ben Nicholson, Robert Rauschenberg, and Bridget Riley. The Hyde Collection presents changing exhibitions in its five galleries, as well as lectures, cultural events, family activities, and school programming in its modern museum complex and historic house at 161 Warren St., Glens Falls.