Montgomery Place Programs and Exhibitions
Programs and exhibitions at the Montgomery Place Campus focus on people, place, and history. We consider the estate in its Hudson Valley context, with an eye on the region's changing economy and agriculture. We look toward the future, considering conservation and education.
—2019 Programs and Exhibitions—
Outdoor Yoga at Montgomery Place
All levels yoga with Danielle Degutz '19Sundays, June 16 — August 25
10:00 am — 11:15 am
All are invited to practice yoga on beautiful summer mornings at Montgomery Place. Using nature as our inspiration, we go through a flow connected with breath and hold powerful postures. Bring a yoga mat and water and meet at the Visitor Center. The program is free to the Bard community and general public but donations are gladly accepted.
A 2019 Bard graduate, Danielle has been practicing yoga for seven years. She enjoys it because she finds yoga to be the most welcoming, yet least intimidating form of physical activity. Her classes are meant to be all inclusive and comfortable for everyone who wants to take care of their bodies and minds.
The Gilded Garden: Historic Ornament in the Landscape at Montgomery Place
An exhibit of decorative garden ornaments from the extensive Montgomery Place collectionThe gardens at Montgomery Place once featured decorative garden ornaments and furniture, displaying a wide mix of styles, alongside the plants. Examples of statuary, furniture, potted plants, and hanging baskets that have been documented in early photographs of Montgomery Place will be presented in the exhibition. On view through October 2019.
Toward an Ethical Imagination: GilsonfestGilsonfest is a collaboration between Bard College, Historic Red Hook, Dutchess County Historical Society, and Red Hook Quilters focusing on the life of Montgomery Place gardener Alexander Gilson, an African American slave who after being freed stayed on to continue as head gardener and eventually opened up his own nursery business.
Alexander Gilson: From Property to Property Owner
Exhibition at the Historic Red Hook Annex, Cherry Street, Red Hook. It includes an exhibition by students in a Bard College class on Alexander Gilson, a quilting presentation by the Red Hook Quilters, and a presentation on historic garden artifacts and plants. On view through Labor Day 2019.
Adjunct exhibition in the Montgomery Place tool room. Display of historic tools from the Montgomery Place collection. On view through October 2019.
—Past Programs and Exhibitions—
Spring Salon Series on Music of the Gilded AgeMay 11, 18, and 26, 2019
A series of concerts and lectures hosted in partnership with Hudson River Heritage and coproduced and curated by Christopher Brellochs.
Salon Series on AgricultureSaturday, October 6, 2018
A daylong gathering of community members, students, and academics, representing farmers, lawyers, journalists, business and finance, and more, came together to address these questions: Can the Northeast feed itself? If so, should it? At what environmental or other costs/benefits? The 2018 Montgomery Place Salon Series was organized in partnership with Rose Hill Farm and the Hudson Valley Young Farmers Coalition.
Trees under Threat: Pests and Diseases that Endanger Our Trees TodayAugust 10 – October 31, 2018
Presented by the Landscape and Arboretum Program at Bard College, this seasonal exhibition focused on some of the tree insects and diseases that are endangering trees across the Northeast. The interpretive exhibit, which was installed in the Greenhouse Tool Room on the Montgomery Place Campus, explored signs and symptoms, early detection, and efforts under way to protect trees and promote tree conservation.
Montgomery Place: A Window on the World of Alexander Jackson Davis’ Architecture and Design
Spring 2018 Salon SeriesApril 14 – May 5, 2018
Our Spring Salon Series, organized in partnership with Hudson River Heritage, took place on four consecutive Saturdays beginning April 14. The series centered on the work of Alexander Jackson Davis, America's leading architect of country houses in the mid–19th century—many of them, including Montgomery Place, located in the Hudson River Valley.
Historic Garden Tools of Montgomery PlaceJuly – October 2017
Historic Garden Tools of Montgomery Place is a virtual exhibition of the garden implements used at Montgomery Place for vegetable gardening, landscaping, orchard care, and floral display from the late 19th to mid-20th century. This online exhibit is based on an exhibition organized by the Bard Landscape and Arboretum Program that was on display in the Greenhouse Tool Room on the Montgomery Place Campus from July to October 2017.
Hudson Valley Climate Salon Series
Climate Chaos and Its Impact on the People and Places of the Mid-Hudson ValleyOctober 29 – November 19, 2017
Over four Sundays in October and November 2017 we examined a changing climate and its impact on the people and places of the Mid-Hudson Valley. Each week we explored a different theme: the Hudson River, farming, forests, and Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.