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2nd Annual Skywalk Festival

POSTED ON August 3rd  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

Sunday,  September 30 – 2nd Annual Skywalk Festival

Explore Olana’s activities and Thomas Cole’s home and studios during their Community Day and trek between the two high above the Hudson on the pedestrian path of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge. Exploring both museums and walking between Olana and TCNHS will certainly be a fun and a unique Hudson River Valley afternoon. The NYS Bridge Authority and specifically the Rip Van Winkle Bridge is celebrating an initiative to transform the Bridge with viewing platforms of the stunning Hudson River Valley and connect pedestrian pathways between The Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill and Olana State Historic Site in Greenport. Join in – rain or shine. More details to follow.

11-4PM  |  Location: Begin either at OLANA of TCNHS or at the RVW Bridge pedestrian parking lot  |  FREE  |  All Ages

 *More details to follow

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.

Objects:
Frederic Edwin Church, Southwest Façade, Olana, c. 1870. Ink, pencil, and watercolor on paper, 13 x 21 15/16 inches. OL.1980.40recto [DIA only]
Frederic Edwin Church, East Façade, Olana, c. 1870. Ink, pencil, and watercolor on paper, 14 11/16 x 21 7/8 inches. OL.1980.41recto
Frederic Edwin Church, Sketch for Stencil Decorations, 1871-1872. Pencil and watercolor on off-white paper, 12 x 19 1/8 inches. OL.1982.665
Frederic Edwin Church, On the Mediterranean, 1882. Oil on canvas, 14 3/8 x 22 5/8 inches. OL.1992.1.A
Frederic Edwin Church, Olive Trees, Athens, 1869. Oil on paper mounted to canvas, 13 1/8 x 20 1/8 inches. OL.1980.1892.A.B
Frederic Edwin Church, The Urn Tomb, Silk Tomb and Corinthian Tomb, Petra, 1868. Oil on paper mounted to canvas, 13 x 20 1/8 inches. OL.1981.52.A.B
Frederic Edwin Church, The Parthenon and the Acropolis, Athens, 1869. Oil on paper mounted to canvas, 11 ½ x 20 ¼ inches. OL.1981.74.A.B

The Rockies & the Alps Bierstadt, Calame, and the Romance of the Mountains

POSTED ON May 25th  - POSTED IN On The Road

The Newark Museum
March 24 – August 19, 2018

The Rockies and the Alps places Newark’s renowned collection of 19th-century landscape painting in dialogue with European alpine painting of the same period. This visually stunning exhibition will explore mountain landscape art in the United States and Europe through paintings, photographs, prints, sketch books, travel literature, and scientific specimens. Read more.

Objects:

Frederic Edwin Church, Rainbow Near Berchtesgaden, Germany, July-August 1868, Oil on paper mounted to canvas, 13 ¼ x 20 1/8 inches. OL.1980.1883.
Frederic Edwin Church, Obersee, Germany, July 1868. Oil on paper mounted to canvas, 13 1/8 x 20 ¼ inches. OL.1981. 31.A.B.
Frederic Edwin Church, The Bridge at Ponte Grande, September 1868. Oil on paper mounted to canvas, 13 1/8 x 20 1/8 inches. OL.1981.24.A.B.

Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire

POSTED ON May 25th  - POSTED IN On The Road

National Gallery, London
June 11 – October 7, 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.

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.

Objects:

Frederic Edwin Church, Cliffs and Rocky Cove, Mount Desert Island, August 1850. Oil sketch on cardboard, 12 1/8 x 16 1/8 inches. OL.1978.22
Frederic Edwin Church, Mount Chimborazo at Sunset, 1857. Oil on academy board, 12 x 21 7/16 inches, OL.1980.1884
Frederic Edwin Church, Horseshoe Falls and Table Rock, 1856-1857. Oil on canvas, 17 5/8 x 11 5/8 inches, OL.1981.9.A.B
Natural History Specimen: Fossilized sandstone with fish tail and spine, 6 1/8 x 5 1/8 x 5/8 inches. OL.1989.216
Natural History Specimen: Stone with 12 embedded black fossils. 1 3/8 x 5/8 x ½ inches, OL.1989.288

The Color of the Moon

POSTED ON May 25th  - POSTED IN On The Road

Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
February 9-May 12, 2019

James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA
June 1-September 8, 2019

Details to follow.

Object: Frederic Edwin Church, Moonrise (The Rising Moon), January – March, 1865. Oil on canvas, 10 x 17 inches. OL.1981.11.A.B

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.

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.

Objects: Frederic Edwin Church, Southwest Façade, Olana, c. 1870. Ink, pencil, and watercolor on paper, 13 x 21 15/16 inches. OL.1980.40recto [DIA only]
Frederic Edwin Church, East Façade, Olana, c. 1870. Ink, pencil, and watercolor on paper, 14 11/16 x 21 7/8 inches. OL.1980.41recto
Frederic Edwin Church, Sketch for Stencil Decorations, 1871-1872. Pencil and watercolor on off-white paper, 12 x 19 1/8 inches. OL.1982.665
Frederic Edwin Church, On the Mediterranean, 1882. Oil on canvas, 14 3/8 x 22 5/8 inches. OL.1992.1.A
Frederic Edwin Church, Olive Trees, Athens, 1869. Oil on paper mounted to canvas, 13 1/8 x 20 1/8 inches. OL.1980.1892.A.B
Frederic Edwin Church, The Urn Tomb, Silk Tomb and Corinthian Tomb, Petra, 1868. Oil on paper mounted to canvas, 13 x 20 1/8 inches. OL.1981.52.A.B
Frederic Edwin Church, The Parthenon and the Acropolis, Athens, 1869. Oil on paper mounted to canvas, 11 ½ x 20 ¼ inches. OL.1981.74.A.B

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