Programs + Events

Webinar "History 'Gone Viral:' Negotiating the Past through the Present"

  • Thursday, February 3 | 6:00-7:00PM

Join artist Valerie Hegarty and art historian Alexis L. Boylan for a virtual presentation and discussion about how Hegarty’s recent work connects the past and present,  incorporating and interrogating historical narratives from the 19th century and beyond. Joined by art historian Alexis Boylan, Hegarty will examine how her 2021 exhibition, Gone Viral, engages with our own contemporary history while drawing from her past work and larger histories. Inspired by the artist’s personal journal entries from the onset of the COVID, Hegarty’s work in Gone Viral grapples with the complexities of our current moment and the mythologies associated with our past.

Alexis L. Boylan is the director of academic affairs of the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute (UCHI) and professor with a joint appointment in the Art and Art History Department and the Africana Studies Institute. She is currently the Coordinator of Seeing Truth: Art, Science, Museums, and Making Knowledge. Valerie Hegarty is a Brooklyn-based artist who makes paintings, sculptures and installations that explore issues of memory, place and history. Her work has been exhibited at The Brooklyn Museum, on the High Line, and at MoMA PS1.

Olana After Hours is a virtual platform for lively conversations with interdisciplinary practitioners discussing how their passions intersect with the ongoing story of Olana. Participants will be invited to join in the conversation so be sure to bring your own questions. Each conversation will be hosted on Zoom. A link to the program will be sent beforehand. $5 (FREE for Olana members).

Free First Weekend Wandering

  • Saturday, February 5 | 12:00-1:00PM

Kickstart your month outdoors at Olana! Learn more about Olana and its artist-designed landscape during hour long walking tours beginning at the Wagon House Education Center at the historic farm complex. Each tour will cover a different portion of Olana’s 250-acre landscape and 5 miles of carriage roads. This gentle walk will cover about 1 mile; please wear weather-appropriate apparel and comfortable footwear.

FREE. Limited capacity: Advance registration required.

For more information, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 751-6938.

Webinar "Painting Against the Odds: Edward Mitchell Bannister's Unlikely Career in late Nineteenth Century America"

  • Thursday, March 3 | 6:00-7:00PM

Edward Mitchell Bannister’s career as a successful practicing artist in New England during the late nineteenth century was considered normal. He accepted commissions, painted, socialized with his peers, and sailed his boat along the Narragansett Bay in his leisure time. But, as an African American artist living during the 19th century, the level of normalcy Edward Bannister experienced was, in fact, quite exceptional. Just ten years prior to Bannister’s winning a major art award at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876, the United States had ended the bloodiest war it has ever fought—the Civil War—to end slavery in the US. During this webinar, Rosalyn Delores Elder will explore Bannister’s career and how his laser-focused determination foreshadowed his future success in the midst of exceptional circumstances.

Elder is a registered architect, entrepreneur, author, and artist. She received her B.A. Degree in Art History from the University of Memphis, her M. Arch. Degree from the University of Washington, and her M. Arch. in Urban Design Degree from Harvard University. Ms. Elder recently authored Exploring the Legacy, a book on the contributions of African Americans to both our state’s history and our country’s history.

This webinar is designed for members of The Olana Partnership and will be recorded and available for viewing later. To become a member, visit www.olana.org/membership.

Free First Weekend Wandering

  • Saturday, March 5 | 12:00-1:00PM

Kickstart your month outdoors at Olana! Learn more about Olana and its artist-designed landscape during hour long walking tours beginning at the Wagon House Education Center at the historic farm complex. Each tour will cover a different portion of Olana’s 250-acre landscape and 5 miles of carriage roads. This gentle walk will cover about 1 mile; please wear weather-appropriate apparel and comfortable footwear.

FREE. Limited capacity: Advance registration required.

For more information, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 751-6938.

Webinar- "'Catskill's China Painter:' The Botanical Art of Emily Cole and the Politics of Women's Work within American Painting Traditions"

  • Tuesday, March 15 | 6:00-7:00PM

Join Amanda Malmstrom (she/her), Associate Curator at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, for this presentation exploring the life, work, and legacy of Emily Cole (1843-1913), a lifelong artist of botanicals and painted porcelain. Emily chose as her subject plants and their flowers, close-up and in isolation, celebrating the Catskill landscape through methods differing from that of Hudson River School painters like her father Thomas Cole, who depicted the sweeping, picturesque, and sublime vistas of landscapes. Emily Cole created an extensive oeuvre of works which she sold and exhibited in the Hudson Valley and New York City, where she also served as a charter member of the New York Society of Ceramic Arts in 1892. Through her presentation, Malmstrom will explore Emily Cole’s relationship with her family and lifelong home in Catskill, NY, and well as with the Church family residing across the river in Hudson, NY. Recent discoveries show that Frederic Church served as a mentor to Emily Cole while she was at art school, and Church’s daughter Isabel or “Downie” confided in Emily Cole as close friends and fellow botanical artists. Emily Cole’s life, art, and personal and professional circles provides a lens not only into American flower painting in the mid-19th and early 20th centuries, but a way to examine the social and political implications of women’s work during this period and as presented at historic sites and museums today.

Amanda Malmstrom (she/her) is Associate Curator at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, where she first served as a Cole Fellow in 2018-2019. Her work and research at the Cole Site has centered on highlighting the lives and labor of women who called the historic site home and who painted in the Hudson River School.

This webinar is designed for members of The Olana Partnership and will be recorded and available for viewing later. To become a member, visit www.olana.org/membership.

Emily Cole, Untitled (Back of Sunflower), n.d., watercolor and pencil on paper, 8 ½ x 7 9/16 in., Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Gift of Edith Cole Silberstein, TC.2002.2.19.27

The Olana Partnership programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.