Past Exhibitions

Chasing Icebergs: Art and a Disappearing Landscape

November 20 – March 26, 2023 

The Olana Partnership, in collaboration with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, presents the first winter exhibition at Olana State Historic Site, Chasing Icebergs: Art and a Disappearing Landscape. The exhibition, shown primarily in the Sharp Family Gallery at Olana, highlights Frederic Church’s iceberg sketches from his 1859 intrepid voyage to the Arctic. Risking his life, Church chartered a ship to the treacherous waters surrounding Newfoundland and Labrador—an area known as Iceberg Alley—on a mission that made him the first American artist to explore the region for the purpose of painting icebergs, a landmark event in the history of art. The exhibit includes photographs and historic texts which Church collected about icebergs and Arctic exploration, as well as the work of four contemporary artists who contemplate the wonder and fragility of Earth’s polar environments… Read More