Storm King Art Center
LET THERE BE LIGHT
by Rachel Corbett
In 1960, industrialists H. Peter Stern and Ralph Ogden first opened the Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, N.Y., and filled it with landscape paintings by Hudson River School artists. Soon after, the pair developed an interest in sculpture and, in 1967, bought 13 Abstract-Expressionist works by David Smith
in one swoop, forming the backbone of a new collection. Today, the 500 acres of rolling hills are known as a sprawling sculpture park, home to works by modern masters like Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson
, Mark di Suvero
and Smith, with scarcely a trace of its painterly past.