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Opening Labor Day Weekend

Friday - Sunday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Swimming Pool Building

Those driving must purchase a Daily Grounds Pass

Housed in Lyndhurst’s ruined swimming pool building, Watershed Moment is a site-specific art installation combining water sounds and dust that invites visitors to pause and reflect on the memories, both personal, social and environmental, that define each of us. Conceived as a meditative space by artist and preservationist Jorge Otero-Pailos, the installation includes suspended latex casts of the decaying walls over the dry swimming pool below. Monumental in size, the glowing casts envelop the bodies of visitors in the sounds of New York State’s main water bodies.

Built by Helen Gould in 1913, the Lyndhurst swimming pool building was designed as a Roman bath for the late Gilded Age elite. It was abandoned during World War II when coal was unavailable to heat the boilers. Over the years it was destroyed by water leaking through the roof, causing plaster and wood elements to deteriorate. Today it is evocatively ruined but in stabilized condition. Watershed Moment marks the first time that the Lyndhurst swimming pool building will be open to the public as a museum space.

In its unrestored state, the building is spacious, unsealed and well ventilated, with a clear directional path through the exhibition, providing ample social-distancing space between visitors. The installation is meant to be experienced alone, or in small groups up to six people.

The exhibition opens on Labor Day weekend and will remain on view through the summer of 2021. Viewing times are from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There is no admission fee to enter the exhibit although visitors driving on to the estate must purchase a daily grounds pass and should park in the upper parking lot to the west of the main drive just past the guard shed. The exhibition is ADA accessible, requiring drop-off of visitors with limited mobility as the nearest parking lot is across wide estate lawns.

Watershed Moment is funded in part by ArtsWestchester, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Otero-Pailos Studio would like to thank Krystyn Hastings-Silver for general contracting, Daniel Erdberg for sound design, Alex Jainchill for light design, New Project for rigging and fabrication, Ivkosic Painting for painting and Gina LeVay for video documentation.

 

About the Artist:
Jorge Otero-Pailos is a New York-based artist and preservation architect best known for making monumental casts of historically charged buildings. Drawing from his formal training in architecture and preservation, Otero-Pailos’ art practice deals with memory, culture, and transitions, and invites the viewer to consider buildings and functional objects as powerful agents of change. Many of his artworks are made by preserving parts of monuments deemed insignificant by others, whether it be dust, or entire building parts. You can read more about him and his work at http://www.oteropailos.com/.

Tickets

Watershed Moment has free entry, however those driving will need to purchase a Daily Grounds Pass to park at Lyndhurst.

Exhibition Schedule

Watershed Moment will be open to the public August – October

Fridays: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Saturdays: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Sundays: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Accessibility

The exhibition is ADA accessible, requiring drop-off of visitors with limited mobility as the nearest parking lot is across wide estate lawns.

Sponsored

Watershed Moment is funded in part by ArtsWestchester, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

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