2019 Exhibits in the Main BarnBarns: Cathedrals of the Countryside (April 2-October 31, 2019)
Dairy barns, with their soaring roof lines and towering silos, punctuate the rural landscape. Upstate New York's agricultural buildings have long served as landmarks due to their size and visibility. Nowhere is this monumentality more noteworthy than on gentleman's estates, such as Edward Severin Clark's Fenimore Farm. Architects designed barns such as this, built 100 years ago, to be practical: to house cows, provide storage for hay, grain, and silage, and model advances in sanitation to ensure pure milk. But they also hoped to create rural landmarks that would model new and visually striking ways to meet basic farming needs.
Between 1840 and 1900, New York State grew more hops and brewed more beer than any other state in the country. Since 2000, brewing beer on a small independent scale has been at the forefront of the Grow Local movement. Today, New York State has more than 400 craft breweries and a new generation of entrepreneurs is resuming New York's leadership in craft brewing. In turn, the craft beer revival is sparking a resurgence in both agriculture and tourism, supporting the local economy and communities.