Past Exhibitions

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

Olana on the road

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

  • 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. Read More

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

Olana on the road

Pissarro: A Meeting on St. Thomas

  • Ordrupgaard Museum, Denmark
  • March 10 - July 2, 2017

Is there a link between Danish Golden Age painting and French Impressionism? On the occasion of the centenary of the sale of the Danish West Indies, Ordrupgaard is highlighting the encounter between the Danish Golden Age painter Fritz Melbye and the later ‘father’ of French Impressionism, Camille Pissarro, on the island of St. Thomas. Read More

Pissarro: A Meeting on St. Thomas

Mystery Box: Student Artists at Work

  • Coachman’s House Gallery
  • June 4 - July 31, 2016

The Coachman’s House Gallery was transformed into an experimental work space for Bard College undergraduate and MFA students, Scott van der Veen and Lily Prince, who were selected to experiment with research-based art-making practices at Olana. These students were available for questions and conversations throughout the summer weekends and visitors watched their artwork develop over... Read More

Mystery Box: Student Artists at Work

Follies, Function & Form: Imagining Olana’s Summer House

  • The Center for Architecture – New York City / Coachman’s House Gallery

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. Read More

Follies, Function & Form: Imagining Olana’s Summer House

Olana on the road

Impressionism and the Caribbean: Francisco Oller and His Transatlantic World

  • Brooklyn Museum of Art
  • October 2, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Olana has loaned two works from its collection to Impressionism and the Caribbean: Francisco Oller and His Transatlantic World on view at the Brooklyn Museum of Art October 2, 2015–January 3, 2016. Read More

Impressionism and the Caribbean: Francisco Oller and His Transatlantic World

Sharp Family Gallery 2015

  • Evelyn and Maurice Sharp Gallery
  • May 1 - November 1, 2015

This season the Sharp Family Gallery features a range of the artwork and objects transferred from the first floor of the main house to accommodate the installation of Olana’s 2015 exhibition River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home, guest curated by Stephen Hannock and Jason Rosenfeld. Read More

Sharp Family Gallery 2015

River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home

  • Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Olana State Historic Site
  • May 3 - November 1, 2015

We are excited to announce our 2015 exhibition, River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home, presented in partnership with the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, featuring contemporary art installed directly into the historic spaces and landscapes of the two historic sites. Read More

River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home