2014 Sunday Salons
Join us on Sundays at 2 pm for four enjoyable lectures followed by receptions in Thomas Cole's 1815 home. Admission is $9 or $7 for members and is first-come-first-served.
March 9, 2014
The Chiaroscuro of Thomas Cole
Thomas Cole's paintings abound in light and dark. Shadow and sunlight stream across his landscapes; his forest floors and canopies are swept by shades. What do Cole's forests of chiaroscuro tell us about America in the 1830s and 1840s and the place of his art in it? Cole wore an elegant gentleman's hat; this talk considers the swirl of thoughts in the head beneath the hat. Noted writer and speaker Alexander Nemerov is the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Stanford University. Committed to teaching the history of art more broadly, Nemerov focuses on the presence of art, the recollection of the past, and the importance of the humanities in our lives today.
April 6, 2014
Together Again: Frederic Church as Thomas Cole's Pupil
Pondering Thomas Cole and Frederic Church today, we think mostly about their differing yet linked creativities – it seems Church, a “realist,” carried on, or finished, what Cole, a “romanticist,” started. Join Dr. Gerald L. Carr for a preview of the topic of our 2014 exhibition, as he considers their relationships, plural, especially in terms of their shared years at Catskill, 1844-46, and their enduring rapport on a personal level. Dr. Carr is an Art and Architectural Historian and renowned authority on Church. Currently working on the Frederic E. Church Catalogue Raisonné, he is author or co-author of seven books about Church, including Frederic Edwin Church: Catalogue Raisonné of Works of Art at Olana State Historic Site, the largest project ever undertaken on Church.
Frederic Church returns to Cedar Grove
Master, Mentor, Master: Thomas Cole & Frederic Church
We are pleased to announce the first exhibition to explore one of the most influential teacher-student relationships in the history of American art – that between the founder of the Hudson River School of painting, Thomas Cole (1801-1848) and his most celebrated student and successor, Frederic Church (1826-1900). Church was first introduced to the Hudson Valley as an 18–year-old when he came to live and study with Cole at the property known as Cedar Grove in Catskill, New York, from 1844 to 1846. Curated by John Wilmerding, Sarofim Professor of American Art, Emeritus, at Princeton University and former Senior Curator and Deputy Director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the exhibition presents Church’s early works from this formative two-year period, as well as later works that speak to a deep and lifelong connection between two painters who defined American art. Read more about the exhibition.
Sunday May 18, 2 pm: CURATOR’S TALK with John Wilmerding
followed by a reception and viewing from 3-5 pm
Albert Bierstadt in New York & New England travels to the Mattatuck Museum
The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is pleased to announce that their 2013 exhibition, Albert Bierstadt in New York & New England, curated by Dr. Annette Blaugrund, is traveling to the Mattatuck Museum where an expanded selection of works is on view November 24, 2013 – March 2, 2014. For more information visit: www.MattatuckMuseum.org.
The exhibition curated by Annette Blaugrund, former director of the National Academy Museum, focuses on Albert Bierstadt’s east coast paintings and offers a rare opportunity to see these little known but magnificent works. Best known for his iconic images of the American West, Bierstadt created an important body of work that depict botanical and geological details in the unspoiled wilderness, mountains, and meadows in the White Mountains, Hudson Valley, and other scenic locations in New England and New York. Preview the paintings in the show here.
Read the full press release for the original exhibition.
The exhibition at the Cole Site was supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, the County Initiative Program of the Greene County Legislature administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts, the Bay and Paul Foundations, and the Bank of Greene County Charitable Foundation.
The Thomas Cole Historic Site is pleased to present a series of guided hikes on the Hudson River School Art Trail, which brings you into the magnificent landscapes that inspired Thomas Cole and other luminaries of 19th-century landscape painting. The schedule of hikes is below.
The package price per person is $17, or $15 for members, and includes the following components:
The guided hike/walk along the Hudson River School Art Trail with:
- A copy of the Hudson River School Art Trail Guidebook, a 55-page book with full-color illustrations ($7.95 value)
- A guided tour of the Thomas Cole Historic Site at the end of your hike ($10 value)
2014 Art trail HIKE schedule / advance registration is required:
JUNE 21 - Sunset Rock and the Catskill Mt House (moderate)
JULY 19 – Catskill Mt. House and North-South Lake (easy)
AUGUST 16- Kaaterskill Falls and Catskill Mt House (moderate)
SEPTEMBER 13- Catskill Mt. House and North-South Lake (easy)
SEPTEMBER 27- Sunset Rock and Catskill Mt House (moderate)
OCTOBER 4- Catskill Mt. House and North-South Lake (easy)
OCTOBER 18- Kaaterskill Falls and Catskill Mt House (moderate)
We need more trail guides! Are you interested? Please call Melissa Gavilanes at 518-943-7465 ext.5.
Hudson River School Art Trail hikes are made possible through the Carol T. Savage Art Trail Docent Program, named in honor of our late friend and former Board Chairman.
2014 Summer Party
June 28, 7 pm
Mark your calendars for the event that has been called "the party of the year"! Cocktails, dinner, dancing, fireworks... all overlooking a 180-degree view of the Hudson River. All proceeds benefit the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. Tickets will be available this spring.
Community Day Open House
September 21, 1-4 pm
Come one, come all to the 4th annual community day! From 1 to 4 pm Thomas Cole's home and studio will be open free of charge, with activities for the whole family. Join us for games, live music, refreshments, and complimentary entry to the exhibitions. All ages welcome.
Claude Mirror Installation
Continuous Live Web Streaming of Thomas Cole's View
Contemporary artist Alex McKay has installed an optical device called a "Claude Mirror" at the Thomas Cole Historic Site, aimed at the view towards the Catskill Mountains that Cole painted more than any other. A "web cam" is now aimed at McKay's "Claude Mirror," enabling you to see the view live, at any time of day or season. Click here to see the live streaming video and to learn more about the project.
The Thomas Cole Historic House is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.