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Announcing the 2016 Exhibition

Thomas Cole, The Architect's Dream, 1840, 53 x 84 in. Toledo Museum of Art

Thomas Cole: The Artist as Architect

May 1 - October 30, 2016 

We are excited to announce our 2016 exhibition, curated by noted scholar Annette Blaugrund with the assistance of our associate curator Kate Menconeri, opening May 1, 2016 and on view through October 30, 2016. In celebration of the recreation of Thomas Cole’s self-designed Italianate studio at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, the exhibition and the accompanying book focus on Cole’s architectural interests through architectural elements in his paintings and drawings as well as in both his realized and visionary projects, expanding our understanding of the breadth of his talents and interests.

This exhibition is the inaugural exhibition to be held in the “New Studio” building and will inlcude 26 paintings and drawings, as well as a scale model, two of the artist’s books about architecture, and primary source documents. The central work of the exhibition is Cole's 1840 painting "The Architect's Dream," depicting the artist overlooking a panorama of architectural styles. Accompanying the exhibition will be a new hardcover book of the same title to be published and released on April 19, 2016 by The Monacelli Press. The exhibition will run from May 1 through October 30 at The Thomas Cole National Historic Site and then travel to The Columbus Museum of Art, where it will be on view from November 18 through February 12, 2017. Click here for the full press release.

The exhibition is presented in partnership with the Columbus Museum of Art, and is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of an over-arching project entitled “Thomas Cole and the Roots of the Conservation Movement,” designed to highlight the 19th-century tradition of conserving iconic American landscapes. Additional support is provided by the County Initiative Program of the Greene County Legislature, administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts. The accompanying printed publication is supported by the Wyeth Foundation for American Art and several individual funders. 

 

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Open House, New Studio Ribbon Cutting, & Curator's Talk 

Sunday, May 1

11 am: Refreshments, live music, and Main House opens
12 pm: Ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the New Studio 
2 pm: Curator’s Talk with Annette Blaugrund 

 

Join us on Sunday May 1st to celebrate the official opening of the New Studio and the 2016 exhibition, Thomas Cole: The Artist as Architect. The day begins at 11 am with refreshments, live music, and free admission. The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of Thomas Cole's New Studio begins at noon.

Additionally, guests may purchase tickets to attend the 2pm Curator's Talk with Annette Blaugrund to learn more about the 2016 exhibition. Tickets for the talk are $9 or $7 for membersTickets may be purchased in advance or at the door.

After many years of research and a successful capital campaign, the New Studio has been reconstructed on its original footprint across the lawn from the artist’s home in Catskill, New York. The exterior of the New Studio is an exact recreation of the building that Cole designed for use as his workspace for the last year of his life. The interior provides a museum-quality gallery that will now be used to illuminate Cole’s art and to highlight his extraordinary influence on American art – past, present, and future. The inaugural exhibition in this new space is Thomas Cole: The Artist as Architect.

The exhibition’s curator, Annette Blaugrund, is an independent scholar, author, and curator and was director of the National Academy Museum for 11 years. She has worked at the Brooklyn Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the New-York Historical Society, and has taught at Columbia University, where she earned her PhD in art history. She has written numerous books on American art and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy in 2008 and was named Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government in 1992.

 

Members' Preview

Saturday April 30, 4-6 pm

Current members are invited to see the New Studio and the special exhibition, "Thomas Cole: The Artist as Architect" before they open to the public the next day. Become a member now and come to the party!

 

2016 Summer Party

Saturday June 25, 7 pm

Cocktails, dinner, fireworks, dancing, all with a 180-degree view of the Hudson River. Join us for this annual tradition to benefit the Thomas Cole Historic Site. The party goes on, rain or shine.

 

 

Hikes on the Hudson River School Art Trail

Visit the magnificent nearby views that are depicted in Thomas Cole's paintings. Our guided hikes are offered from June to October, and the 2016 schedule will be announced shortly. During other times you can pick up our guidebook or visit our free online guide at www.hudsonriverschool.org and visit on your own. To guide your journey we've created several suggested itineraries that can be accessed here: Suggested itineraries on the Hudson River School Art Trail

 

The Thomas Cole Historic Site is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. 

The Thomas Cole Site is a member of the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios program (HAHS) of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

 

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