Best of CH 2020: Editors’ Favorites

From outdoor art to virtual conversations, our picks from the year that was

Browsing the thousands of stories we published on COOL HUNTING each year provides us with meaningful memories. In 2020, the many experiences we had with people and places were significant, despite being very different from any year previous. The inability to travel, visit artist’s studios, dine next to a fascinating individual, and see shows in sweaty venues led us to attempt more creative ways of …

Storm King Art Center Turns 60 Years Old

Experiences on these 500 acres of site-specific, large-scale art in the Hudson Valley are never the same

“It was seeing birds moving along the landscape,” John Stern, president of Storm King Art Center, says of his earliest memories at the picturesque outdoor museum in New York State’s Hudson Valley. Stern was born the same year that his father (H Peter Stern) and paternal grandfather (Ralph Ogden) opened the monumental sculpture park. And since that day in 1960, Storm King has welcomed wanderers, wonderers, …

New York’s Inaugural Upstate Art Weekend

More than a dozen institutions unite to celebrate art outside of NYC later this month

To celebrate the creative destinations that dot the Catskills and the Hudson Valley—from Newburgh to Woodstock and even the quaint town of Hudson itself—Stoneleaf Retreat founder Helen Toomer has plotted the first-ever UPSTATE ART WEEKEND. Running 29-30 August, the exciting event series finds roughly 20 institutions banding together to highlight art outside of NYC—with much of the programming free to attend. For residents and visitors alike, the Hudson Valley has …