Past Exhibitions

Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment

June 12 – October 31, 2021 Presented at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Olana State Historic Site A new exhibition exploring the theme of “cross pollination” in art and the environment from the 19th century to the contemporary moment. The project stems from the artist Martin Johnson Heade’s 19th century painting series of... Read More

Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment

FALLEN by Jean Shin

  • Olana's East Lawn
  • May 2 - October 31, 2021

FALLEN will invite viewers to reflect on the cultural history of the Hudson Valley region and the life of the eastern hemlock tree that once stood on Olana's East Lawn. Artist Jean Shin will create a site-specific work around the fallen hemlock that will be on view on Olana's East Lawn from May 1 through October 31. This finished work will be part of Olana's larger 2021 collaborative exhibition, "Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment." Please visit Olana as this artwork develops. Read More

FALLEN by Jean Shin

“Memento Mori Mandalas” by Portia Munson

  • Olana's East Lawn
  • May 2 - October 31, 2021

In her flower mandala series, Munson memorializes bird, animal, and insect life that has come into harsh contact with man, highlighting the shifting climate and the associated stresses that pollution and modern, industrialized life have on natural places and wildlife. This finished work will be part of Olana's larger 2021 collaborative exhibition, "Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment." Please visit Olana as this artwork develops. Read More

“Memento Mori Mandalas” by Portia Munson

“What is Missing?” by Maya Lin

  • Virtual
  • May 2 - October 31, 2021

What Is Missing? is a multi-sited memorial created by Maya Lin to raise awareness through science-based artworks about the present sixth mass extinction of species, connect this loss of species to habitat degradation and loss, and emphasize that by protecting and restoring habitat, we can both reduce carbon emissions and protect species. Read More

“What is Missing?” by Maya Lin

Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment

June 12 – October 31, 2021 Presented at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Olana State Historic Site A new exhibition exploring the theme of “cross pollination” in art and the environment from the 19th century to the contemporary moment. The project stems from the artist Martin Johnson Heade’s 19th century painting series of... Read More

Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment

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

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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