Past Exhibitions

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

OVERLOOK – Teresita Fernández confronts Frederic Church at Olana

  • Evelyn and Maurice Sharp Gallery
  • May 14 - November 5, 2017

The Olana Partnership is pleased to announce the 2017 featured exhibition, “OVERLOOK” a groundbreaking installation by Artist Teresita Fernández.  Working with Guest Curator Sara Meadows, Fernández draws from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) and the Olana Collection to reexamine Frederic Church and his contemporaries’ response to the cultures and landscapes experienced during their Latin American travels.  Read More

OVERLOOK – Teresita Fernández confronts Frederic Church at Olana

Olana on the road

Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage

  • Detroit Institute of Arts
  • October 22, 2017 - January 15, 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

Capturing the Cosmos: Frederic Church painting Humboldt’s Vision of Nature

  • Evelyn and Maurice Sharp Gallery
  • May 15 - October 30, 2016

Capturing the Cosmos, the 2016 exhibition in the Sharp Family Gallery, explored the influence of the great German Naturalist Alexander von Humboldt on Frederic Church. Read More

Capturing the Cosmos: Frederic Church painting Humboldt’s Vision of Nature