Past Exhibitions

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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