Woodstock Artists Association and Museum launches centennial with “Arbitrary History: The People’s Choice”

Philip Guston (1913-1980), My Coffee Cup, 1973, oil on board, Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Karl E. Fortess

To mark its 100th anniversary, the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM) will tip its hat to supporters in its host community, non-artists included, by kicking off a yearlong series of centennial celebrations with a new exhibition employing a very unorthodox approach to curation: “community-sourced” by local citizens instead of chosen exclusively by art experts. Twenty or so business owners, artists, scholars, politicians, musicians and other luminaries were invited to select their favorite works from among the 2,200+ objects in WAAM’s Permanent Collection.

Revealing diverse tastes and offering a fascinating look into the unique selections that come from the eye of the beholder, “Arbitrary History: The People’s Choice” will open in the Phoebe and Belmont Towbin Wing on Saturday, February 2 and continue through Sunday, May 5. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, February 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public.


“Arbitrary History” may also be viewed during regular museum hours: from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and from noon to 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. To learn more, call (845) 679-2940 or visit www.woodstockart.org.

“Arbitrary History: The People’s Choice,” opening reception: Saturday, Feb. 9, 4-6 p.m., Free, Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, 28 Tinker Street, Woodstock, (845) 679-2940, www.woodstockart.org