New York’s Shaker Museum has revealed renderings of its forthcoming $18 million permanent home in the Hudson Valley village of Chatham. Once complete, the museum will house an expansive collection of objects, archival materials, and, of course, furniture, associated with the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, a nontrinitarian, restorationist Christian sect more commonly known as the Shakers. The museum’s collection, viewable online but currently in storage and physically out of public view for over a decade, is the most comprehensive assemblage of materials dedicated to the Shaker movement in the world.
Shane Rothe (they/them) joined Shaker Museum in July 2023, working with independent curator Maggie Taft on an exhibition for the new museum space in Chatham. Shane is an artist as well as a curator and continues to create in the mediums of painting, sculpture, writing, and performance. Shane holds a BFA from CalArts and an MA in art history and curatorial studies from the University of Chicago.