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 hummingbird and habitats and includes major paintings by Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, and contemporary art by Nick Cave, Jeffrey Gibson, Paula Hayes, Maya Lin, and more.
“Cross Pollination: Martin Johnson Heade, Frederic Church, Thomas Cole, and Our Contemporary Moment” was created by Thomas Cole National Historical Site, The Olana Partnership at Olana State Historic Site, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Its tour is organized by Crystal Bridges.
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MARTIN JOHNSON HEADE (1819-1904)
Frilled Coquette, c. 1863-1864
The Gems of Brazil
Oil on canvas, 12 1/4 x 10 in. / Framed: 18 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 4 in.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2006.85
Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment was created by the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, The Olana Partnership at Olana State Historic Site, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Its tour is organized by Crystal Bridges. The exhibition is curated by Kate Menconeri, Curator & Director of Exhibitions and Collections, Thomas Cole National Historic Site; Julia B. Rosenbaum, Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture, Bard College; former Director of Research and Publications, The Olana Partnership; William L. Coleman, Director of Collections & Exhibitions, The Olana Partnership; and Mindy N. Besaw, Curator, American Art & Director of Fellowships and Research, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
Support for this exhibition and its national tour is provided by Art Bridges.
Additional major support is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation.
Made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art. The exhibition is supported in New York in part by The National Endowment for the Arts, Empire State Development’s I LOVE NEW YORK program under the Market NY initiative, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; Robert Lehman Foundation; The Bank of Greene County Charitable Foundation; Greene County Legislature through the County Initiative Program of the Greene County Council on the Arts; The Olana Partnership’s Novak- Ferber Exhibitions Fund, the Kindred Spirits Society of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Charina Foundation, The Stainman Family Foundation, Anne Miller & Stuart Breslow, Kristin Gamble, and Deedee & Barrie Wigmore. Support for the catalogue is provided by Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund.
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FALLEN has been generously funded by support to The Olana Partnership for the Novak-Ferber Exhibitions Fund. With additional support from The Coby Foundation and the Faculty Development Fund of Pratt Institute.