Olana hosts annual exhibitions from spring to fall in the Evelyn and Maurice Sharp Gallery on the second floor of the main house and in the Coachman’s House Gallery. Olana is open all year round for house tours and self guided landscape tours. There are several events for visitors and families throughout the year.
Evelyn and Maurice Sharp Gallery
May 15-October 30, 2016
Frederic Edwin Church, “Mount Chimborazo at Sunset” (detail), c. July 1857, oil on academy board mounted to canvas, 12 x 21 7/16in., Collection Olana State Historic Site, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
Capturing the Cosmos, the 2016 exhibition in the Sharp Family Gallery, explores the influence of the great German Naturalist Alexander von Humboldt on Frederic Church. Acclaimed and revered during his own lifetime, Humboldt is currently enjoying a renaissance due to the recent award-winning bio The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf. Humboldt’s writings inspired Church’s South American adventures and the resulting masterpieces that made him internationally famous, and informed Church’s later trips to Germany’s Bavarian Lakes and Mexico. Sketches, diaries and artifacts from these trips trace Church’s daring escapades to capture Humboldt’s Cosmos.
This exhibition is organized by The Olana Partnership and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
The Trustees and staff of The Olana Partnership wish to recognize the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo; New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey; Deputy Commissioner for Historic Preservation Ruth Pierpont; Regional Director, Taconic Region Linda Cooper; Director of the Bureau of Historic Sites Christopher Flagg; and Olana Site Manager Kimberly Flook.
Coachman’s House Gallery
June 4-July 31, 2016
Photo by Jessica Chappe
The Coachman’s House Gallery has been transformed into an experimental workspace for Bard College undergraduate and MFA students who have been selected to experiment with research-based art-making practices at Olana. These students will be available for questions and conversations throughout the summer weekends, and visitors can watch their artwork develop over time.
Closing Reception: July 30, 3-5pm.
Coachman’s House Gallery
August 14-October 30, 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).