Past Exhibitions

In Frederic Church’s Ombra: Architecture in Conversation with Nature

  • Sharp Family Gallery, Olana State Historic Site
  • May 12 - November 3, 2019

The first phase of Olana’s main house was collaboratively designed by the artist Frederic Church and the architect Calvert Vaux, and Olana’s main house and its 250-acre landscape were designed to incorporate vast Hudson Valley views. A key space in Olana’s main house design is the “Ombra”, an outdoor room which is a transition zone between the central Court Hall and the surrounding landscape. This and the other main outdoors rooms at Olana (the Piazza, Round Veranda, and Bell Tower) remain unfurnished and have not been fully interpreted to the public.   Read More

In Frederic Church’s Ombra: Architecture in Conversation with Nature

Olana on the road

The Color of the Moon

  • 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. Read More

The Color of the Moon

Olana on the road

Once Upon a Time in America: Three Centuries of US-American Art

  • Wallraf-Richartz Museum and Foundation, Cologne, Germany
  • November 23, 2018 - March 24, 2019

In Winter 2018/19 the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum will present a large survey exhibition dedicated to US American art from 1650 to 1950. The show begins with works extending from the colonial era to the masters of American Realism, and ends with examples of Abstract Expressionism. Read More

Once Upon a Time in America: Three Centuries of US-American Art

Costume & Custom: Middle Eastern Threads at Olana

  • 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. Read More

Costume & Custom: Middle Eastern Threads at Olana

Olana on the road

Past Time: Geology in European and American Art

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

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. Read More

Past Time: Geology in European and American Art

Olana on the road

Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire

  • 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. Read More

Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire

“Penetrable” by Jesús Rafael Soto

  • May 2017 - November 2018

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. Read More

“Penetrable” by Jesús Rafael Soto

Olana on the Road

Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage

  • Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
  • June 2 - August 26, 2018

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. Read More

Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage

Olana on the road

Thomas Cole’s Journey: Atlantic Crossings

  • 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. Read More

Thomas Cole’s Journey: Atlantic Crossings

Olana on the road

Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage

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

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. Read More

Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage