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Thomas Cole’s Journey: Atlantic Crossings

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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

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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

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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.

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.

Pissarro: A Meeting on St. Thomas

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Ordrupgaard Museum, Denmark.
March 10-July 2, 2017

Fritz Melbye, Frederic Church, Hudson River School, FE Church, FEC, Hudson, Catskill, Denmark

Fritz Melbye, Walled Town on a Hill Above the Sea, date unknown, oil on canvas, 10 x 10 5/8 in., OL.1982.652, Collection Olana State Historic Site, NYSOPRHP

Is there a link between Danish Golden Age painting and French Impressionism? On the occasion of the centenary of the sale of the Danish West Indies, Ordrupgaard is highlighting the encounter between the Danish Golden Age painter Fritz Melbye and the later ‘father’ of French Impressionism, Camille Pissarro, on the island of St. Thomas. The exhibition Pissarro. A Meeting on St. Thomas presents new historical material that will radically challenge most people’s ideas of the birth of Impressionism.  For more information click here.

Follies, Function & Form: Imagining Olana’s Summer House

POSTED ON May 2nd  - POSTED IN On The Road, Past Exhibitions

The Center for Architecture – New York City
January 30-April 22, 2017

Coachman’s House Gallery
August 14-November 13, 2016

Frederic Joseph Church, Plan of Olana, September 1886, watercolor on paper, OL. 1984.39. Collection Olana State Historic Site, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

The historic 1886 Plan of Olana is largely accurate, yet it contains one mystery: a structure labeled “Summer House”.  Summer houses were common in early American gardens and public landscapes, yet there is no documentary evidence about the style or form of this structure at Olana.  Designers will present summer house concept sketches in response to Olana. This exhibition is organized by The Olana Partnership, in collaboration with the New York Chapters of The American Institute of Architects (AIANY) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA-NY).

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Impressionism and the Caribbean:

POSTED ON October 5th  - POSTED IN On The Road

Francisco Oller and His Transatlantic World
Brooklyn Museum of Art
October 2, 2015–January 3, 2016

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Fritz Siegfried Georg Melbye (1826-1869), Entrance to the City of St. Domingo, Columbus “Tower,” 1864, oil on canvas, 8 1/2 x 14 1/4 in., OL.1980.1907, Collection Olana State Historic Site

Charles de Wolf Brownell (1822-1909), Royal Palm, 1862, oil on canvas, 14 3/8 x 10 3/8 in., OL.1981.30, Collection Olana State Historic Site

 

Olana has loaned two works from its collection to Impressionism and the Caribbean: Francisco Oller and His Transatlantic World on view at the Brooklyn Museum of Art October 2, 2015–January 3, 2016. This exhibition explores the painter Francisco Oller, who contributed greatly to the development of modern art in both Europe and the Caribbean and revolutionized the school of painting in his native Puerto Rico. Olana has loaned Entrance to the City of St. Domingo, Columbus “Tower,”(1864), a work by Fritz Melbye, who accompanied Frederic and Isabel Church on their 1865 trip to Jamaica. Charles de Wolf Brownell’s Royal Palm (1862), given to Frederic Church as a gift, has also been loaned to the exhibit.

Included in the exhibition is Frederic Church’s lovely painting Jamaica (1871), on loan from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Hartford, CT). For more information about the exhibition and accompanying catalogue click here.

Connecting the World

POSTED ON September 22nd  - POSTED IN On The Road

The Panama Canal at 100

The Mint Museum
November 1, 2014-February 1, 2015

“Fern Walk, Jamaica” by Frederic E. Church, c. July 7865, oil on paper mounted on canvas, 12 1/4 x 13 1/4 in., OL.1981.73, Collection Olana State Historic Site

Connecting the World: The Panama Canal at 100 opens in fall 2014, the centennial of the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914, and brings together selected examples of the work of the three most important American artists to draw and paint the construction of the canal, printmaker Joseph Pennell and painters Alson Skinner Clark and Jonas Lie, for the first time. Providing a rich context for these works is a handful of paintings by nineteenth-century American artists including Frederic Church, Martin Johnson Heade, and Louis Remy Mignot, all of whom visited and painted in South America, as well as works by such American artists as Julien Alden Weir, Ernest Lawson, and George Bellows, who painted images of factories and industry in the popular styles of their day. Interspersed with the approximately 50 paintings and prints is a variety of ephemera—photographs, books, newspapers, and other period material—that address the broader public perception of the canal and its impact.

As 2014 marks the centennial of the opening of the canal it provides a perfect opportunity to both reconsider these historic works of art and to reflect upon the canal’s impact over the past one hundred years. Thus, in conjunction with the exhibition the Mint has commissioned a new short story by the award-winning author Anthony Doerr and a new work of art by renowned contemporary artist Mel Chin. These fresh perspectives on the canal and its legacy are particularly meaningful in light of the fact that an effort to significantly expand the canal is currently underway, and is tied to the development of many projects in the continental United States, such as the construction of an intermodal transportation hub at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

Panama Canal at 100 is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue containing an essay by exhibition curator Jonathan Stuhlman, the new work of fiction by Doerr, and images relating to Chin’s commission along with an interview with the artist about the piece.  For more information click here.

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