Two historic homes associated with the Hudson River School of Art, which is known for 19th century romantic landscape paintings, will soon be hosting a show of contemporary American art.

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, New York, and Olana, the home of Frederic Edwin Church, in Hudson, New York, will be hosting “River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home” May 3-Nov. 1. The exhibition will include works by Chuck Close, Maya Lin, Cindy Sherman, Romare Bearden and Kiki Smith among others.

The two homes are 2 miles apart, connected by the Rip Van Winkle Bridge across the Hudson River.

Amtrak runs from New York City to the town of Hudson.

Detailed directions and more information are available at http://www.rivercrossings.org.

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — Visitors to a new “Twilight Zone” exhibit opening in the creator’s hometown will enter a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind, and they’ll get to handle some of the original props from the television series.

An extensive Rod Serling archive was unveiled Wednesday at the Bundy Museum of History and Art in Binghamton, where Serling grew up. The hundreds of items on display are from the collection of volunteer curator Mike Pipher, who has been collecting Serling memorabilia for 40 years.

He says visitors to the museum will be allowed to hold many of the “Twilight Zone” props, including the “cobra” phone that appeared in several episodes during the show’s run on CBS from 1959 to 1964.

Other items include signed photos, movie posters, scripts, films, books and Serling letters.

Associated Press