The Art of Figure Skating through the Ages: The Dick Button Collection
April 1–December 31, 2017
Richard "Dick" Button is a former American figure skater and a well-known network television skating commentator. He is a two-time Olympic champion (1948 and 1952) and five-time World Champion (1948–1952).
Button’s collection of ice skating art ranges from 17th-century Dutch paintings to 20th-century sculpture. This multidisciplinary collection showcases the full range of media in which ice skating has appeared, and tells the story of the pervasiveness of the sport in everyday life across various cultures and time periods. In addition to fine art, visitors will see costumes, photographs, advertising art, antique skates, and much more.
Dick Button will make appearances through the season. Special programming is scheduled July 15 featuring well-known names from the world of figure skating.
Support provided by a Market NY grant through I LOVE NY/NewYork State’s Division of Tourism as a part of the Regional Economic Development Council awards.
Image: Central-Park, Winter, The Skating Pond (1862), Currier and Ives (publisher), Lyman W. Atwater, lithographer (1835–1891), after Charles Parsons (1821–1910). Hand-colored lithograph. Collection of Dick Button.