Adirondack Museum director reflects on first year

Adirondack Museum Executive Director David Kahn

Adirondack Museum Executive Director David Kahn

— Although the museum is open from Memorial Day to the end of October, staff is busy throughout the year working on exhibits and programs for the future, fundraising activities, taking care of the artifact collection, and studying other museums. Staff recently traveled to museums around North America, including cities such as Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.; Ottawa, Canada; Springfield, Ill.; Monterey, Calif.; and Atlanta, Ga.

“You’re always trying to keep the staff fresh, on top of things, so that the visitor experiences will reflect what’s going on in museums around the country,” Kahn said.

As for the 2013 season, the museum will be installing a new exhibit featuring paintings and photography that relates to different representations of the Adirondack wilderness. There is currently no title, as curators want to take their time naming the exhibit.

“What does wilderness mean exactly?” Kahn said. “That’s a term that the academics would debate endlessly, whether there is such a thing or there isn’t. So that’s why we’re going to be very careful about what the title is.”

Some of the programming for the future will focus on contentious land-use issues that currently face communities in the Adirondack Park.

“We’d like to move things more in the contemporary direction,” Kahn Said. “There are a lot of opinions out there as to how things should be going, so we think we should be part of that discussion,” Kahn said.

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