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Thomas Cole’s Journey: Atlantic Crossings

POSTED ON March 14th  - POSTED IN On The Road

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
January 30 – May 13, 2018

Celebrated as one of America’s preeminent landscape painters, Thomas Cole (1801–1848) was born in northern England at the start of the Industrial Revolution, immigrated to the United States in his youth, and traveled extensively throughout England and Italy as a young artist. He returned to America to create some of his most ambitious works and inspire a new generation of American painters. This exhibition examines for the first time the artist’s career in relation to his European roots and travels, establishing Cole as a major figure in 19th-century landscape art within a global context. It concludes with an examination of Cole’s extraordinary legacy in the work of the next generation of American landscape painters whom he personally mentored, notably Asher B. Durand and Frederic E. Church. Read more.

Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage

POSTED ON March 14th  - POSTED IN On The Road

Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, NC
February 9 – May 13, 2018

Frederic E. Church, Syria by the Sea, 1873, oil on canvas 56×85 in., 10.11.  Gift of Mrs. James F. Joy, Collection Detroit Institute of Arts.

Artist Frederic Church was the most popular and financially successful painter in mid-19th-century America, best known for his large paintings of wild places in North and South America, the North Atlantic and the Caribbean. But from the late 1860s until the late 1870s, many of his most important paintings represented ancient cities or buildings from his trip to the Middle East and the Mediterranean. While Church’s paintings of the New World subjects focused on nature, his Old World subjects explore human history. This exhibition brings together nearly all of Church’s most important paintings of the Middle East, Athens and Rome to explore what motivated this major shift in his artistic work. Read more.

Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage

POSTED ON March 14th  - POSTED IN On The Road

Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
June 2 – August 26, 2018

Frederic E. Church, Syria by the Sea, 1873, oil on canvas 56×85 in., 10.11.  Gift of Mrs. James F. Joy, Collection Detroit Institute of Arts.

Artist Frederic Church was the most popular and financially successful painter in mid-19th-century America, best known for his large paintings of wild places in North and South America, the North Atlantic and the Caribbean. But from the late 1860s until the late 1870s, many of his most important paintings represented ancient cities or buildings from his trip to the Middle East and the Mediterranean. While Church’s paintings of the New World subjects focused on nature, his Old World subjects explore human history. This exhibition brings together nearly all of Church’s most important paintings of the Middle East, Athens and Rome to explore what motivated this major shift in his artistic work. Read more.

Past Time: Geology in European and American Art

POSTED ON March 14th  - POSTED IN On The Road

The Frances Lehman Loeb Arts Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
September 21 – December 9, 2018

Horseshoe Falls and Table Rock, ca. 1856–57, Frederic Church (American 1826–1900), Oil on canvas, Collection Olana State Historic Site, Hudson, NY, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation OL.1981.9.A.B

Past Time: Geology in European and American Art looks at sketches and studies made by European and American artists from the 1770s to the 1890s who were engaged with a new, scientific emphasis on the Earth. In this arguably golden age of art and science, artists traveled and investigated the land internationally, noting Earth’s craggy features keenly in their watercolors, drawings, and oil sketches made on the spot or back in the studio. From a topographical, often strata-focused means to a later mode that evoked nature’s great transformational powers over time, this major loan exhibition explores European and American artists pursuing geological wonders. Read more.

Costume & Custom: Middle Eastern Threads at Olana

POSTED ON April 4th  - POSTED IN Current Exhibitions

June 17-November 25, 2018

The 2018 exhibition will highlight the first time that the historic costumes Church collected on his 1867-68 journey to Beirut, Damascus, Jerusalem, Petra and other Middle Eastern cities will be seen by the public. They will be displayed within the historic rooms of Olana’s main house, whose design was inspired by Churches’ Middle Eastern travels, and Olana’s Sharp Family Gallery will present new research on the collection and its relationship to Church’s work and that of his contemporaries, including Church’s friend and guest at Olana, Mark Twain.

The exhibition will reunite Church’s historic costume collection with both Church’s artwork that it helped to inspire and inform and the rich interiors of his home that he filled with objects and decorative details inspired by his Middle Eastern travels. In one extraordinary case these are one and the same. Within Isabel Church’s Sitting Room hangs Church’s master work “El Khasné, Petra” (1874), whose foreground features figures clothed in the costume pieces Church brought back to his studio and which inspired the decoration of the room, especially the decorative painted pseudo-Arabic inscriptions that run throughout the space.

The wide array of historic costumes, often intricately embroidered, reflects the extraordinary craft and creativity of the Middle Eastern people who created it and speaks as well to the evolution of ideas of gender and cultural identity in the Middle East and beyond. A publication developed in conjunction with this exhibition will include essays by costume historian Lynne Bassett and Palestinian costume expert Hanan Karaman Munayyer on the people who originally wore the clothing collected by Church and on the artist’s use of the historic costume in his home and art.

For information about house and landscape tours, click here.

This installation is organized by The Olana Partnership and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Major funding has been provided by:

Additional support was provided by donors to the Novak-Ferber Exhibitions Fund.

“Penetrable” by Jesús Rafael Soto

POSTED ON December 15th  - POSTED IN Current Exhibitions

“Penetrable” by Jesús Rafael Soto

May 2017-November 2018

Jesús Rafael Soto, Penetrable, 1990. Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. © 2017 Peter Aaron/OTTO

The installation of Jesús Rafael Soto’s iconic outdoor sculpture, Penetrable, currently on view at Olana State Historic Site has been extended through late 2018. Initially included as part of the exhibition OVERLOOK (May 14-Nov 5, 2017), a collaboration between The Olana Partnership and the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Soto’s Penetrable will remain on view in the landscape at Olana through the fall of 2018. The landscape may be visited daily, 8 am to sunset, and admission is free. For information about house and landscape tours, click here.

This installation is organized by The Olana Partnership, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros .

Support for this installation and The Olana Partnership’s commitment to contemporary art at Olana has been provided by:

The Gubelmann Family
John Ashbery & David Kermani

Additional support provided by Ed Herrington, Inc.

Traveling Talks: Church & Cut Outs, Sketches, and Studies

POSTED ON March 28th  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

Traveling Talks: Church & Cut Outs, Sketches, and Studies

Perhaps the process of assembling a 21st century installation art piece and a 19th century panoramic landscape painting share more than we realize. Join Caroline O’Connell from the Drawings, Prints & Graphic Design Department at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum for a close reading of Frederic Church’s trips to Maine in the 1850s as illustrative of the common ground. O’Connell will show work from storage at the Cooper Hewitt as well as share interesting facts about the Hewitt sisters’ acquisition of over 2,000 works by Church in 1917. Illustrated lecture followed by Q&A and an abridged tour of the main house. Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, April 22 | 4PM | Member: $15, Non-Member: $20 | Ages 12+

Eventbrite - Traveling Talks: Church & Cut Outs, Sketches, and Studies

Image Credit: Frederic Edwin Church, Mount Katahdin Rising over Katahdin Lake, ca. 1878, Brush and oil, graphite on paperboard, 30.6 x 50.8 cm (12 1/16 x 20 in.), Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Gift of Louis P. Church, 1917-4-626

Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage

POSTED ON November 6th  - POSTED IN On The Road

Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage

Detroit Institute of Arts
October 22, 2017 – January 15, 2018

Frederic E. Church, Syria by the Sea, 1873, oil on canvas 56×85 in., 10.11.  Gift of Mrs. James F. Joy, Collection Detroit Institute of Arts.

Artist Frederic Church was the most popular and financially successful painter in mid-19th-century America, best known for his large paintings of wild places in North and South America, the North Atlantic and the Caribbean. But from the late 1860s until the late 1870s, many of his most important paintings represented ancient cities or buildings from his trip to the Middle East and the Mediterranean. While Church’s paintings of the New World subjects focused on nature, his Old World subjects explore human history. This exhibition brings together nearly all of Church’s most important paintings of the Middle East, Athens and Rome to explore what motivated this major shift in his artistic work. Read more.

OVERLOOK

POSTED ON March 3rd  - POSTED IN Past Exhibitions

Teresita Fernández confronts Frederic Church at Olana
A collaboration with the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

May 14-November 5, 2017
Evelyn and Maurice Sharp Gallery
Olana State Historic Site

The 2017 featured exhibition, “OVERLOOK” a groundbreaking installation by Artist Teresita Fernández, worked with Guest Curator Sara Meadows. Fernández drew from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) and the Olana Collection to reexamine Frederic Church and his contemporaries’ response to the cultures and landscapes experienced during their Latin American travels.  “OVERLOOK” featured The Olana Partnership’s largest loan exhibition with 55 works from CPPC including “Penetrable” by Jesus Rafael Soto which was sited within Olana’s designed historic landscape and 18 site specific works by Fernández.  Visitors had the opportunity to explore Fernández’s response and draw their own conclusions through this thought provoking site-specific installation.

To learn more about this exhibition click here.

Lead support for OVERLOOK: Teresita Fernández Confronts Frederic Church at Olana has been provided by: Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros; John Ashbery and David Kermani; Renee and Stephen Clearman; The Gubelmann Family; Meredith J. Kane and Richard T. Sharp; Thomas A. and Georgina T. Russo; Kelly Williams and Andrew Forsyth; Susan Winokur and Paul Leach.

Additional support has been provided by Columbia Memorial Health; Anne Heller and David de Weese; Valerie Balint and Brock Ganeles; Ed Herrington, Inc.; Belinda and Stephen Kaye; Ricky Lark, Ph.D. and Rickey Shaum; Lehmann Maupin Gallery; Chas A. Miller III and Birch Coffey / Lois H. and Charles A. Miller Foundation; and Theodora and Albert Simons.

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