Visitors welcome but must keep distance

With the Mid-Hudson Region now in Phase 4 of the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan, and many restrictions lifted, Magazzino Italian Art in Philipstown on Friday (July 10) opened its doors to visitors for the first time since mid-March.

A preview for members of the press took place the day before. For visitors, appointments, face coverings and social distancing are required, and the body temperature of visitors is checked on entry.

EGOpro devices alert visitors to a breach in the 6-foot social distancing rule.

To assist with social distancing, Magazzino provides each visitor with a device, worn on a lanyard, that lights up and vibrates if you come within 6 feet of someone also wearing the device. The building also will be disinfected multiple times per day, according to the museum.

Those who have visited the space in the past will notice new pieces of art rotated into the collection of arte povera. A new exhibition, Homemade, has also been mounted. It includes works by eight Italian artists based in New York City who spent two months working with wherever they were sheltering, with whatever materials were available, an experiment that many said was both expansive and anxiety-inducing. A bonus was the bonds forged between the artists as they communicated with each other.

Magazzino is located at 2700 Route 9, Cold Spring. Admission is free. To make a reservation, visit Homemade, which was curated by Magazzino Director Vittorio Calabrese and Chiara Mannarino, continues through Sept. 7.

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Rooney has been writing for The Current since its founding in 2010. A playwright, she has lived in Cold Spring since 1999. She is a graduate of Binghamton University, where she majored in history. Location: Cold Spring. Languages: English. Area of Expertise: Arts