PAST EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS


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 Sunday Salons

Each year during the months of January through April, we offer lectures once per month on Sundays at 2 pm, bringing you engaging speakers who discuss topics related to the Hudson River School. Tickets are $9 or $8 for members, and each talk is followed by a reception. This year, for the first time, the lectures will be held in our brand-new building, the New Studio, which Cole himself designed. To celebrate its rebirth, the 2016 Sunday Salons and the 2016 exhibition will address the topic of Cole as architect.Learn more about the New Studio.

 

January 10

Francis Morrone
Thomas Cole and 19th-Century American Architecture

Join Francis Morrone – historian, writer and leading authority on the architectural history of New York City – as he examines the architectural atmosphere of early 19th-Century America. Mr. Morrone, whose walking tours of NYC for the Municipal Art Society are legendary, will explore the leading architects and architectural styles that dominated late 18th and early 19th-Century America, and give us a glimpse of how those ideas influenced Thomas Cole. Mr. Morrone, who has a longstanding interest in the Hudson River School painters and their relation to the architectural and landscape design currents of their time, was a 2012 recipient of the Arthur Ross Award of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art.

 

February 7

Robert D. Loversidge, Jr., FAIA
Thomas Cole and the Ohio Statehouse

Is the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, Thomas Cole’s largest artwork? Although in the competition to choose its architect his entry won third prize, the finished building is widely credited as Cole’s design. But given the way architecture and construction were practiced in the first half of the 19th century, is “wanting” to be the designer (as documented by period correspondence) and actually “being” the designer (Cole, for instance, never visited the construction site) the same thing? Robert Loversidge, award-winning preservation design architect and President & CEO of Schooley Caldwell Associates, was principal-in-charge of the ten-year renovation/restoration/addition project at Ohio’s National Historic Landmark Statehouse, where he has served as Architect of the Capitol since 1988.

 

March 13

William L. Coleman
Thomas Cole's Country Houses

Country houses occupied a prominent and intriguing role in Thomas Cole's wide-ranging engagement with architecture. His little-studied paintings of the grand estates of three different patrons and his writings about country life are eloquent documents of the formation of a domestic ideal that guided this painter-architect when it came time to design a country house of his own. Cole’s surviving drawings for a new Italianate villa on the Cedar Grove property tell a story of ambition, frustration, and resiliency in the face of professional setbacks. Join William Coleman, a postdoctoral fellow at Washington University in St. Louis, for an exploration of the insights the recently rebuilt New Studio offers into the artist’s notion of how best to inhabit the landscape.

 

April 10, 2016

Wanda M. Corn
Artists’ Homes and Studios as Archive and Romance

Join nationally renowned art historian Dr. Wanda M. Corn, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor Emerita in Art History at Stanford University, as she explores American artists’ homes and studios that, like the Cole property, have been preserved and opened to the public. She asks what these special places can teach us about the creative process and the history of art. Dr. Corn, chair of the advisory council for the Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is a scholar of late 19th- and early 20th-century American art and photography. Active as a visiting curator and scholar, she has produced numerous books and exhibitions, including The Great American Thing: Modern Art and National Identity, 1915-1935.

A Holiday Gathering

Saturday December 12, 2015 at 5 pm

You are invited to a special winter fundraiser event. Celebrate with us as we open the doors of Thomas Cole's reconstructed "New Studio" and see the beautiful interior gallery before it opens to the public! Festive cocktails will be served from 5 to 7 pm in the New Studio with sumptuous dinners to follow at the homes of convivial neighbors. Tickets to the cocktail and dinner parties are $125, and tickets to the cocktail-only event are $45. Sponsorships are available for $500, which includes two tickets to the cocktails and dinner. 

 

 

2015 ExhibitionInstallation photo by Peter Aaron

River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home

May 3 - November 1, 2015

River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home, presented in partnership with Olana, features contemporary art installed directly into the historic spaces and landscapes of the two historic sites. The exhibition is curated by the artist Stephen Hannock and Jason Rosenfeld, PhD. Artists in the exhibition include Romare Bearden, Elijah Bergher, Chuck Close, Will Cotton, Gregory Crewdson, Lynn Davis, Jerry Gretzinger, Don Gummer, Duncan Hannah, Stephen Hannock, Valerie Hegarty, Angie Keefer with Kara Hamilton and Kianja Strobert, Charles LeDray, Maya Lin, Frank Moore, Elizabeth Murray, Rashaad Newsome, Thomas Nozkowski, Stephen Petegorsky, Martin Puryear, Cindy Sherman, Sienna Shields, Kiki Smith, Joel Sternfeld, Letha Wilson, and Elyn Zimmerman, in addition to selected works by Thomas Cole and Frederic Church from the permanent collections. A fully-illustrated companion book will be published by The Artist Book Foundation and will include entries by Rosenfeld on all the artists and works, and reflections by such preeminent writers and historians as Maurice Berger, Ken Burns and Marvin Heiferman. On Saturdays from 10:30 to 6 pm there is a free shuttle bus from the Hudson Amtrak station.

Visit the official exibition website.

Purchase Tickets.

Read The New York Times and other recent reviews. 

Purchase the Exhibition Catalogue.

Major funding for River Crossings was provided by The Moore Charitable Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, New York State's Empire State Development and the I NY Division of Tourism under Governor Andrew Cuomo's Regional Economic Development Council Initiative, Tiger and Caroline Williams and The Bay & Paul Foundations. Additional support is provided by Ed Herrington, Inc., the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, the Village of Catskill, The County Initiative Program of the Greene County Legislature administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts, the Columbia County Tourism Department, Jennifer Krieger, and Chas Miller. The companion book and related public programs were funded by Tiger and Caroline Williams, Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

Annual Major Lecture Event

Sunday October 11, 2 pmTimothy Barringer

Join us for a lecture by one of Yale's most popular professors, Timothy Barringer, discussing the implications of the exhibition that is currently on view at both the Thomas Cole site and Olana, "River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home". Barringer is Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art. Following positions at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Universities of London and Birmingham in Great Britain, he came to Yale in 1998. Barringer has served as Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Graduate Studies in the History of Art Department and was winner of the Sarai Ribicoff teaching prize in 2004. He is the author of many books and publications, recently including ‘The Englishness of Thomas Cole’ in The Cultured Canvas: A Social History of American Landscape Painting, and was co-curator of the landmark exhibition entitled American Sublime: Landscape Painting in the United States, 1825-1880 (London: Tate, 2002). Tickets are $9, and are first-come-first-served in the Temple that is next door to the Thomas Cole Historic Site. This event is sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities. Many thanks to Temple Israel for the venue and parking.

 

Community Day

Sunday September 20, 2015, 1-4 pm

Come one, come all to the 5th annual Community Day! From 1-4 pm, Thomas Cole's home and the galleries will be open free of charge, with activities for the whole family. Visitors can view the house, River Crossings exhibition, and see over 100 original artworks by more than 75 artists featured in the 4th annual exhibition and sale, "Postcards from the River". There will be live music, and refreshments will be served. 

 

OPEN CALL FOR ARTWORK    

Postcards from the River  

*DEADLINE EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 9

Exhibition Sunday September 20, 2015

Artists are once again invited to participate in the annual exhibition and sale “Postcards from the River” that will take place at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site on September 20, 2015.

In the 19thcentury, painters including Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, Sandford Gifford, Jasper Cropsey, and many others who were part of the art movement now known as the Hudson River School, created sublime landscape images throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond. Today, artists continue to create work that is inspired and informed by their experience in the very same landscapes. To celebrate our complex connections to the environments and vistas along the Hudson River, the Cole site invites aritsts to present original postcard-sized works that are Save & Closeinspired by this region. Works may be a view of the Hudson River itself, or a work that redefines what it means to be inspired by the Hudson River waterways. 

For more information:

download and print guidelines 

download and print required entry form

 

Second Annual Kids Paint Out

Sunday August 16, 2-5 pm / Free and open to all

On Sunday August 16 from 2 to 5pm, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site invites kids of all ages to visit the site and to paint the landscapes that inspired Thomas Cole and the Hudson River School. Participants will be given a free tour of Cole’s artist studio and then provided with a complimentary canvas and paints to create a small masterpiece. Participants may take their works home or have them featured in the 4rd Annual Postcards from the River exhibition at the Thomas Cole Site on Sunday, September 20th in conjunction with Community Day.

Advance sign up is preferred. Please email the names and # of participants in your party to:eostock@thomascole.org, with the subject heading “Kids Paint Out.” Drop-ins on day of the event will also be welcome. 

 

2015 Summer Party

Saturday June 27, 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.

Please note: this event is now sold out.

 

Silent Auction Preview and Pre-Bidding

There is a two-year waiting list for a Stephen Hannock painting, but one of his stunning works is now available as part of our June 27th summer party silent auction! Even if you didn't get a ticket to the sold-out event, you can place a bid by phone right up until 3pm on Friday June 26th. This year the list of artists includes several that are featured in our 2015 exhibition, River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home. Review all of the incredible artworks via the link below, with work by Kevin Cook, Linda Cross, Patti Ferrara, Richard Gedney, Jerry Gretzinger, Stephen Hannock, Erik Koeppel, Chad Kleitsch, Claudia McNulty, Jim O’Shea, Stephen Petegorsky, Fawn Potash, Lauren Sansaricq, Kiki Smith, Patrick Terenchin, and  Susan Wides. Phone bidders please call Kate Menconeri at 518-943-7465 ext.2.

Preview Silent Auction artworks 

Full checklist of artworks and how leave a silent bid.

Printable Preview  

Preview the Live Auction Items

Escape to your own private tree-top villa in the Seychelles, or visit the amazing studio of the artist Stephen Hannock. Five different getaway packages await you at the 2015 Summer Party on June 27th.

See the full list of LIVE auction items here.

 

 

Curator's Talk: Stephen Hannock and Jason Rosenfeld, Ph.D.

Sunday, May 17, 2 pm

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Olana State Historic Site are pleased to present a lecture by Stephen Hannock and Jason Rosenfeld in the Arts Center Theater of the Columbia Greene Community College in Hudson, New York. The lecture, entitled "River Crossings", celebrates the opening of the exhibition of the same name, on view at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Olana State Historic Site. The Columbia Greene Community College is located at 4400 Route 23 in Hudson. See the campus map. Tickets are $9 or $7 for members of either the Thomas Cole site or Olana.

Please note: Online tickets are no longer available; please purchase tickets at the door.

 

Sunday Salons 2015

Thomas Nozkowski, Untitled (9-25) (Sam's Point), 2012, oil on linen on panel, 30 x 40" / Photograph by Kerry Ryan McFate, courtesy Pace Gallery

Please join us for wine, refreshments and mind-opening presentations once per month on Sundays at 2 pm. Tickets are $9 per person or $7 for members of either the Thomas Cole site or Olana. Tickets can be obtained in advance using the buttons below, or at the door. 

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site has been presenting its annual Sunday Salon series for ten years, bringing today’s most creative thinkers to the home of Thomas Cole for lively conversations on topics relating to the Hudson River School of art. To begin our second decade, the 2015 schedule will focus on connections to the immediate present, in conjunction with an unprecedented exhibition of contemporary art, River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home, that opens in May 2015 at both the Thomas Cole site and Olana. The final lecture in the series is listed below.  

April 12
Stephen Hannock
Artist and co-curator, River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home

Called “the consummate landscape painter” and “a true American luminist,”  Stephen Hannock began his artistic career near the site of Thomas Cole’s famous 1836 painting, the Oxbow. Cole and Frederic Church have been a reference point for Hannock, whose use of the canvas as a storytelling medium and virtuosic use of light make him an heir to the artists of the Hudson River School. Join Hannock, co-curator of our upcoming exhibition, for a sneak preview of River Crossings, and an insider’s look at how contemporary artists continue to be inspired by both 19th-century American landscape painters, and the landscape they celebrated.

 

The 2015 Sunday Salons are supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

In case you missed one our talks, you can watch them on our YouTube Channel.

Holiday Gathering, December 13th

You are invited to a holiday gathering at the home of Thomas and Maria Cole. The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is magnificent in winter with traditional holiday finery from the 1840s adorning the historic interiors. Join us for cocktails and savory nibbles from 5 to 7 pm for only $25 per person. Note: $125 Dinner tickets are now sold out. 

 

Announcing the 2014 exhibition

Master, Mentor, Master: Thomas Cole & Frederic Church  

on view through November 2, 2014   

It vividly evokes the personal and intellectual bond between the elder painter and the pupil who became one of the most celebrated artists of the mid-19th century.... An intimate representation of two artistic lives significantly entwined.   The Wall Street Journal

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.  With over 20 artworks on view, the exhibition offers a rare chance to see Church's early works from this formative period, alongside key examples of Cole's work from the same time. The exhibition is curated by John Wilmerding, the former Deputy Director of the National Gallery of Art, with associate curator Kate Menconeri.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, Eli Wilner & Co., the Bay and Paul Foundations, the Bank of Greene County, the Greene County Legislature through the County Initiative Program administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts, and the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.

Preview a selection of paintings from the show.

Read the Press Release

 

Guided Hikes on the Art Trail 

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)

The 2014 Art Trail HIKE schedule is now finished.
Check back here soon for the 2015 schedule. 

The trails are also easy to navigate on your own. Pick up a guidebook from our visitor center or online shop or use the free mobile website: www.hudsonriverschool.org.


Download the hike program information sheet.

After reading the information sheet, register for a hike.

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. 

 

 

Special Summer Exhibition

STANLEY MALTZMAN

Thomas Cole’s Honey

A special selection of approximately ten new artworks by Stanley Maltzman are on exhibit at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site from July 26 - October 19, 2014. All made between 2013 and present, Maltzman’s watercolors, pastels, and drawings pay homage to the towering, 200 year old Honey Locust tree that stands across from Thomas Cole’s front door. The exhibition can be viewed as an option on the "Gallery Visit" offered in the afternoons, Wed-Sun. Click here for more information about the exhibition.

 

9th Annual Raymond Beecher Lecture 

Arcadia on the Hudson 

Dr. Aaron SachsThomas Cole, The Arcadian or Pastoral State, The Course of Empire, The New-York Historical Society

Sunday, October 19, 2 pm

Arcadia: for centuries the word has been synonymous with beauty, tranquility and the "contented pastoral simplicity of its people", according to one dictionary definition. Can Arcadia exist in the Hudson Valley today? The best-known environmental tradition in America—as in the National Parks—upholds wilderness as the ultimate landscape.  But a different tradition held sway in the antebellum period, one that put less emphasis on sublime grandeur and more on an everyday engagement with nature.  This pastoral or Arcadian tradition flowered most fully in New England and New York, and especially in the Hudson Valley, where it was cultivated by writers and thinkers like Washington Irving and Andrew Jackson Downing—and especially by Thomas Cole. Join Dr. Sachs, Associate Professor of History and American studies, and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Cornell University, as he holds up for comparison the twenty-first century's—and his own—tendency toward denial of environmental limits. Dr. Sachs will also sign copies of his new book, Arcadian America: The Death and Life of an Environmental Tradition(2013) after the talk.

Tickets are $9 or $8 for members, and is first-come-first-served at the Temple next door to the Thomas Cole Historic Site. Sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities. Many thanks to Temple Israel for providing the venue and parking.  

Find out the latest discoveries about Thomas Cole

Cole Fellow Presentations

Friday October 10, 4 pm

Come hear the 2014 Visiting Cole Fellows present their latest research about Thomas Cole. This event will take place in the Main House and admission is free. Presentations will be followed by a wine and cheese reception.

Presentation topics will include:

Catskill Calling: Thomas Cole’s 1825 Hudson River Journey by Rita Carr

 + Making Commitments: Revisiting the letters, poems, and journals of Thomas Cole, 1835-1836 by Kathryn O’Dwyer

+ Then and Now: Tracing the Histories of Thomas Cole’s Paintings by Jennifer Morales

 

Community Day Open House &

POSTCARDS from the TRAIL 2014  

September 28, 1-4 pm

Come one, come all to the 4th annual Community Day! From 1-4 pm, Thomas Cole's home and the galleries will be open free of charge, with activities for the whole family. Visitors can view the house, special exhibitions, and see over 100 original artworks by more than 75 artists featured in the 3rd annual exhibit and sale, “Postcards from the Trail". There will be live music by the Coxsackie Community Band, music from the 1860s by the 77th NY Regimental Balladeers, and Frank Cuthbert will perform original songs about Rip Van Winkle in conjunction with Alice Tunison’s reading of the famous story by Washington Irving. Refreshments will be served and there will be demonstrations by rope maker Mike Speranza, tinsmith Art Thorman, beekeeper Cathy Jordan, spinner Vicki Watt, and wax artist Maria Kolodziej-Zincio. Children may pet farm animals and all may take a view into a camera obscura.

 

OPEN CALL FOR ARTWORK    

POSTCARDS from the TRAIL 2014  

Exhibition at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Sunday September 28, 2014

Artists are invited to participate in the third annual exhibition and sale “Postcards from the Trail 2014” that will take place at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site on September 28, 2014. Hurry! Artworks are due September 6th.

For more information:

download and print guidelines 

download and print required entry form

 

Special Historic Artists' Homes and Studios Event 

Sunday August 3, 3-5 pm / Reception for Preserving Creative Spaces: Photographs from the Historic Artists' Homes and Studios

Hosted at Olana's Coachman House Gallery in partnership with Thomas Cole National Historic SiteRussel Wright's Manitoga,Frelinghuysen Morris House and StudioDaniel Chester French's Chesterwood

Join us at Olana for remarks and a reception for the exhibition "Preserving Creative Spaces" on view in the Coachman's House Gallery at the Olana State Historic Site. This powerful exhibition of photographic images depicts iconic American artists, including Thomas Cole, and focuses attention on the National Trust's Historic Artists' Homes and Studios program (HAHS). Come see pictures ranging from Frederic Church riding a camel in Beirut to Abstract Expressionist painter Jackson Pollock working in his Long Island studio. Light refreshments will be served. For more information please visit http://www.olana.org/calendar.php?countrytabs=7 

 

Second Annual Kids Paint Out!

Saturday August 2, 1-4pm / Free and open to all

On Saturday August 2nd from 1 to 4pm, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site invites kids of all ages to visit the site and to paint the landscapes that inspired Thomas Cole and the Hudson River School. Participants will be given a free tour of Cole’s artist studio at 1:15, and then will be provided with a complimentary canvas and paints to create a small masterpiece. Participants may take their works home or have them featured in the 3rd Annual Postcards from the Trail exhibition at the Thomas Cole Site on Sunday, September 28th in conjunction with Community Day.

Advance sign up is preferred. Please email the names and # of participants in your party to: rcarr@thomascole.org, with the subject heading “Kids Paint Out.” Drop-ins on day of the event will also be welcome. In case of inclement weather, rain date will be Saturday, August 9th.


CURATOR’S TALK with John Wilmerding

Sunday May 18, 2 pm
Arts Center Theater, Columbia Greene Community College

FREE admission

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is pleased to present a free lecture by John Wilmerding in the Arts Center Theater of the Columbia Greene Community College in Hudson, New York.

Wilmerding is the Sarofim Professor of American Art, Emeritus, at Princeton University. He has been a visiting curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and served as Senior Curator and Deputy Director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, where he was former chairman of the board of trustees. He is currently a trustee of the Guggenheim Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas, and the Wyeth Foundation for American Art. President Obama appointed him to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House.

The lecture, entitled “Master, Mentor, Master: Thomas Cole & Frederic Church”, celebrates the opening of Wilmerding’s exhibition of the same name, on view at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site from April 30 to November 2, 2014. After the talk at Columbia Greene College, all are invited to a free viewing of the exhibition and a reception at the Thomas Cole site in Catskill, New York. The Columbia Greene Community College is located at 4400 Route 23 in Hudson. The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is at 218 Spring Street in Catskill. The two venues are approximately two miles apart via the Rip Van Winkle Bridge.

Click here for directions to the college and click here for a campus map.

 

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.

January 12, 2014
Johanna and Robert Titus
The Hudson River School: An Ice Age Origin?

The Hudson River School artists worked at a time when great revolutions were sweeping through science, and those events, as well as the emerging scientific theories of the mid-19th century, influenced American landscape painters, in particular Thomas Cole and Frederic Church. Join husband and wife science team Johanna (biologist) and Robert (geologist) Titus for an in-depth look into Cole’s and Church's interactions and social encounters with the scientists of their time. Highlights include the Titus’ discovery of the local mountain that Cole used as a model for the famous centerpiece of his series The Course of Empire. Johanna and Bob will sign copies of their new book, The Hudson Valley in the Ice Age, after the talk.

February 9, 2014
Scott MacDonald
Thomas Cole at the Movies

We know about the influence of The Hudson River School and Thomas Cole in particular on generations of painters who followed them, but this influence has gone beyond painting: a generation of modern independent filmmakers has been inspired by Cole and 19th century landscape work. Scott MacDonald, Professor of Film History at Hamilton College and author of The Garden in the Machine: A Field Guide to Independent Films about Place, will present a program of "Hudson River School" films, including work by Larry Gottheim, Robert Huot, and Peter Hutton. Like so many of Cole's paintings, these films, all of them made in this region, function both as breakthrough landscape works and as reprieves from the distractions and busy-ness of modern life.

March 9, 2014
Alexander Nemerov
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
Gerald Carr
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.

 

2014 Summer Party

Saturday 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. This event sold out last year; therefore we recommend that you reserve your place early. 

 

Claude Mirror Installation

Continuous Live Web Streaming of Thomas Cole's View

Contemporary artist Alex McKay 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" was aimed at McKay's "Claude Mirror," enabling you to see the view live, at any time of day or season.

 

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. 

 

A Holiday Gathering

Saturday December 14, 2013

You are invited to the home of Thomas & Maria Cole for a special winter fundraiser event. Festive cocktails will be served from 5 to 7 pm in the parlour with sumptuous dinners to follow at the homes of convivial neighbors. Tickets are $25 for the cocktail party only, or $100 for both cocktails and dinner. Sponsorships are available for $500 which includes two tickets for cocktails and dinner.

PLEASE NOTE: The dinner tickets are now sold out. Tickets for the cocktail portion only are still available.

See the printed invitation.

Download and print the reply card.

Cole Fellow Presentations

Thursday, October 17, 2013, 5:30pm

Come hear the 2013 Visiting Cole Fellows present their latest research about Thomas Cole. This event will take place in the Main House and admission is free. Presentations will be followed by a wine and cheese reception. Presentation topics will include:

  • A Worthy Pupil - The Relationship between Thomas Cole and his most celebrated student, Frederic Edwin Church by Kelsey Hoffman
  • In their Own Words – Central Themes in Thomas Cole’s Art and Writing and Their Continued Relevance Today by Catherine Popovici
  • "An Alter [sic] onto Mammon” – Thomas Cole, Industrialization, and Reverent Editing by Anne Rich 

 

8th Annual Raymond Beecher Lecture 

America’s Eden: Thomas Cole and 'The Voyage of Life' / Paul D. Schweizer, Ph.D

Sunday, October 13, 2pm

Thomas Cole, The Voyage of Life - Youth, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts InstituteJoin the Cole Site to welcome Dr. Paul D. Schweizer, Museum Director Emeritus of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute (MWPAI) in Utica, NY. Dr. Schweizer will share new findings about one of Thomas Cole’s most iconic series, The Voyage of Life. Thomas Cole was at the height of his artistic power in 1839 when he was commissioned by the New York City banker and collector Samuel Ward to paint the series, now in the collection of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. When the pictures were exhibited for the first time in 1840, they were hailed as his greatest achievement. The series was among Cole’s most beloved creations in the 19th-century, when prints of it were ubiquitous in parlors and children’s rooms, and it remains highly popular today.  The talk heralds the occasion of this iconic series embarking on a new national tour in the exhibition, America’s Eden: Thomas Cole and "The Voyage of Life". The exhibition, curated by Schweizer, who also wrote the new exhibition catalogue on the series, will open at the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati in June 2014, exactly 175 years since Cole first began the paintings.

Tickets are $9 or $7 for members, and is first-come-first-served at the Temple next door to the Thomas Cole Historic Site. Sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities. Many thanks to Temple Israel for providing the venue and parking.  

 

Community Day Open House    

Sunday September 8, 1-4 pm

Come one, come all! From 1 to 4 pm Thomas Cole's home and studio will be open free of charge, with activities for the whole family and two special art exhibitions: Albert Bierstadt in New York and New England and Postcards from the Trail 2013. KIDS welcome! Jillian the clown will be on the grounds painting faces and leading the games, while free live music will be playing all afternoon, featuring local musical star Mark Hatton on the banjo, the epic storyteller Brian Dewan and the award-winning musician Frank Cuthbert on the guitar. Visitors will receive a free walking guide to the 5-acre site and have the chance to see the world through a 19-century artist tool: the camera obscura. Catskill’s own WGXC will be on-site all day doing live interviews with people at the party and the historic site expects a special visitor or two – perhaps even Village President, Vincent Seeley, playing the role of Thomas Cole!

 

2013 Postcards from the Trail opens

Back by popular demand: For the second annual Community Day exhibition, artists of all ages were invited to depict one of twenty-one sites along the Hudson River School Art Trail. Over 100 original artworks will be on view and many works will be available for sale for only $100– so arrive early for the best selection. The Cole Site will also present the first “People’s Choice Awards” to 12 artists from the inaugural show in 2012. The winning artworks have been reproduced in a limited edition box set of 24 notecards which will be released. To see 2012 artworks:  http://www.hudsonriverschool.org/gallery

 

Bier-Fest!

Saturday August 17, 4-8 pm

Celebrate the exhibition of paintings by Bierstadt (whose name in German means "beer town") and enjoy award-winning locally brewed beers, sample the pasture-fed sausages from Heather Ridge Farm, dig in to home-made German potato salad and other hearty foods, see the Albert Bierstadt exhibition (4-5 pm only) and dance to live music. Only $35 includes all beer and food, live musical entertainment and a visit to the Bierstadt exhibition to boot. Kids 12 and under are FREE! There will be lemonade, hot dogs, potato salad and watermelon too.

PURCHASE ADVANCE TICKETS HERE.

Many thanks to Crossroads Brewery, Chatham Brewery, Keegan Ales and Newburgh Brewing Company for the beer! Additional thanks to Heather Ridge Farm, Price Chopper, the Fortnightly Club of Catskill, and all our other partners. 

 

Maria Cole's 200th Birthday
Thomas Cole, Portrait of the Artist's Wife, 1836-48. Graphite heightened with white on paper, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Saturday August 3, 1-3pm

Come one, come all for the 200th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Cole's wife, Maria Cole. Enjoy a special birthday toast, cupcakes made with an authentic 19th-century recipe, lavender lemonade, and a parting gift for all birthday party guests. Admission to the party is free. In honor of Maria's birthday, tour guests will have a chance to see her wedding dress, on special view only for the month of August!   

 

Kids Paint Out

Saturday August 10, 1-4pm

The Thomas Cole Site invites painters under the age of 17 to visit and paint the landscapes that inspired Cole and the Hudson River School! Participants will get to visit Thomas Cole’s artist studio at 1:15, and then will be provided with a canvas and paints to create a small masterpiece. All works made will be featured in an exhibition at the Thomas Cole Site on Sunday September 8th in conjunction with Community Day and Postcards from the Trail.

Questions or to sign up please send the names of participants in an email with the subject heading “Kids Paint Out to: fellow@thomascole.orgDrop-ins on day of the event are also welcome!  

 

The 2013 Summer Party

June 29, 7 pm

Mark your calendars for the event that has been called "the party of the year"! Cocktails, dinner, dancing, a live auction, a special exhibiton of contemporary artworks for sale, fireworks... all overlooking a 180-degree view of the Hudson River. All proceeds benefit the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. Individual tickets are $175 or $150 for members and sponsorships are available at $2500, $1500, $1000 and $500.

 

2013 Sunday Salons

Join us once per month for our popular series, the Sunday Salons, each one featuring a lecture at 2 pm followed by a reception at the home of Thomas Cole. Admission is $9 or $7 for members and is first-come-first served.

January 13: Kevin J. Avery
Cole and the American Revolution in Landscape

Scenery-loving Americans today would be surprised to learn that our wilderness was not always our mecca, but our dread. Thomas Cole and many of his followers of the Hudson River School made it a place of thrill and yearning, depicting the dreadful expressly to thrill the viewer. But their success depended upon a culture conditioned to welcome that thrill thanks to the distance that the Industrial Revolution put between people and the natural world. Dr. Kevin Avery, Senior Research Scholar of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, addresses the implications of the Cole revolution in American art, and how his colleague, Asher B. Durand, and his followers both sustained and modified his vision.

February 10: Jean Dunbar
Thomas Cole and the Decorative Arts: Career & Home

Thomas Cole is known for his sweeping American landscapes and few artists remain more firmly associated with the outdoors. Yet, few, if any, 19th-century painters had wider experience with interior decoration. In England, young Cole trained for a career in color block-printing. He soon gained experience creating textiles, wallpaper, floor coverings, and painted “fancy” furnishings that, in turn, educated and influenced his painting. Historic interiors consultant Dr. Jean Dunbar, who has been researching Thomas Cole’s home and studio since 2008, shares fascinating new discoveries about Cole’s home that reveal that Cole, a decorative artist first, remained a decorative artist throughout his career.

March 10: Christopher N. Phillips
What Made Cole Epic?

Thomas Cole is remembered primarily for his landscapes, but throughout his career he aimed to develop an epic art for America. This new aesthetic blended landscape, mythology, history, religion, and literature, and through works such as The Course of Empire and Prometheus Bound the concept captured the imaginations of Cole's contemporaries. In fact, Cole's art brought the term "epic" into American art criticism. Join Dr. Christopher N. Phillips, Assistant Professor of English at Lafayette College and author of Epic in American Culture: Settlement to Reconstruction, for a Salon that will focus on the development of Cole's career as an epic painter and his early reception in that light. Book signing afterwards.

April 14, 2 pm: Barbara Novak
Pioneer in American Art History

Barbara Novak is one of America’s premier art historians.  Breaking into the world of American art history in the 1950s, when few professors taught the topic, Dr. Novak, Helen Goodhart Altschul Professor of Art History Emerita at Barnard College and Columbia University, spent the next 40 years creating a foundation for the study of American art history through her seminal books and teaching, inspiring generations of students to pursue remarkable careers in academic and museum life. In this Salon, nine speakers from a range of fields reveal through their personal stories the wide sweep of Dr. Novak’s influence as a scholar and mentor. Dr. Novak will offer her remarks at the end of the Salon.

Other speakers will include Ella M. Foshay, Independent Scholar; Annette Blaugrund, Independent Scholar, Former Director, National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts; Adrienne Baxter Bell, Associate Professor of Art History & Director, College Honors Program, Marymount Manhattan College; Karen Wilkin, Independent Scholar & Art Critic; H. Daniel Peck, John Guy Vassar Professor Emeritus of English, Vassar College; Susan Wides, Photographer; Scott MacDonald, Visiting Professor of Film History, Hamilton College, Harvard University; and Brian O’Doherty, artist and husband of Dr. Novak.

 

Worlds Between: Landscapes of Louis Rémy Mignot

May - October 2012Louis Remy Mignot, Across the Valley of Pierstown, New York, from a Point above Cascade Hills, 1857. MWPAI 

Thomas Cole National Historic Site is pleased to announce their 2012 exhibition: Worlds Between: Landscapes of Louis Rémy Mignot. Curated by Katherine E. Manthorne, it is the first major solo show of Louis Rémy Mignot (1831-1870) in over two decades. The exhibition will offer an intimate look at the work of this young, Charleston-born artist who painted in the style of the Hudson River School – and who was on track to achieve greatness on par with his friend and peer, Frederic Church, had he lived beyond the age of 39. The exhibition offers a rare chance to see a full range of Mignot’s accomplished and fascinating work - paintings that move between worlds and ports, and that remain full of complexity, enigma, and beauty unsurpassed.

 

Seventh Annual Raymond Beecher Lecture

October 14, 2012 2 pm

Over the course of her dynamic career, Dr. Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser, the Curator of American Paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, has played a pivotal role in the coming of age of the Hudson River School. After a quarter-century as curator at the oldest public art museum in the United States – the Wadsworth Atheneum – Dr. Kornhauser became curator two years ago at The Met. Calling it “a dream job for any museum person,” Dr. Kornhauser quickly became a guiding force in the 10-year project to revamp the museum’s American Wing, stating “our charge was clear: tell this story to the world.” This October, Dr. Kornhauser will speak at the annual major lecture event at the Thomas Cole site, named in memory of Greene County Historian and leader of the movement to "save the Cole House," Raymond Beecher. Admission is $9 or $7 for members, and is first-come-first-served.

 

2nd Annual Community Day  

Sunday September 23, 2012 1-4 pm

Everyone is invited to join the fun at our second annual Community Day. From 1 to 4 pm the beautifully restored site will be offering free admission and more to celebrate the many artists who continue to be inspired by the Hudson Valley. Come and see Thomas Cole’s house and studio and the special exhibition of 19th-century landscape paintings by Louis Rémy Mignot, and enjoy free refreshments, activities for kids, and a new exhibition called "Postcards from the Trail" of postcard-size landscape paintings by today’s artists. The paintings for sale will all be offered for only $100 each. Come early for the best selection! Free live music will be playing all afternoon, featuring Steve Schwebler – the one man band, local musical star Mark Hatton on the banjo, and the award-winning musician Frank Cuthbert on the guitar. Try your hand at being an artist, participate in the giant group landscape painting, get your picture taken with Thomas Cole, and enjoy free apple cider and cookies! Thomas Cole’s 1815 home and 1839 studio will be open free of charge, and all visitors will receive a free walking guide to the 5-acre site as well as a free brochure with the history of the historic property.

 

2012 Fireworks Party

Saturday June 30, 7 pm

Join us for an unforgettable evening with cocktails, dinner, music, dancing, a live auction and fireworks at a private estate featuring a 180-degree view of the Hudson River. All proceeds benefit the Thomas Cole Historic Site. Tickets are $175 per person or $150 for members. Space is limited; please RSVP by June 15th by sending a check to Thomas Cole Historic Site, PO Box 426, Catskill, NY 12414. For last minute tickets, you can also call Sheri at 518-943-7465 ext.4 and use your credit card.

Preview the live auction items now online.

See auction information and absentee bidding form.

 

2012 Sunday Salons

Sundays at 2 pm

Authors, writers, artists and great speakers from all across the country (and abroad!) are coming to the home of Thomas Cole. Join us on Sunday afternoons once per month for talks, wine, and lively conversation at our popular Sunday Salon series. Tickets are $8 per person or $6 for members. Admission is first-come-first served. Remaining program dates are below:

March 11, 2012Louvre director Henri Loyrette examines a Cole painting at the new exhibition in Paris

Thomas Cole Exhibition at the Louvre
by Guillaume Faroult and Katherine Bourguignon

In 2012, Thomas Cole has his own exhibition at the Louvre! In collaboration with the Terra Foundation for American Art, the High Museum of Art and the new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the musée du Louvre kicks off a series of one-room exhibitions, each featuring a different American artist, starting with Cole. Entitled “New Frontier: Thomas Cole and the Birth of Landscape Painting in America,” the exhibition will travel to the United States after its premiere at the Louvre. Join us as Dr. Faroult, curator of the Department of Paintings, musée du Louvre, and Dr. Bourguignon, associate curator from the Terra Foundation for American Art Europe, travel all the way from Paris, France, to speak about this remarkable new exhibition.

April 15, 2012
Thomas Cole’s New Studio
by Julie Levin Caro

Drawing from his experiences as a landscape painter and an artist-tourist in Italy as well as his knowledge of picturesque landscape theory, Thomas Cole actively shaped the built environment of his home and studio at Cedar Grove during the 1830s and 1840s. Julie Levin Caro, art history professor at Warren Wilson College, Asheville, North Carolina, offers a new perspective on Thomas Cole’s artistic identity by describing his design and siting of a rustic Italianate cottage studio as a means of enacting and immortalizing his identity as an artist-gentleman, a political conservative and an American.

175th Wedding Anniversary

November 19, 2011  6-9 pm

Everyone is Invited to be a Wedding Guest for One Historic Night.
Free Admission

This year is the 175th anniversary of the wedding of Thomas and Maria Cole! Celebrate this triple-platinum anniversary in the Main House where the wedding took place. At 6:30pm, the preacher who married the Coles will conduct the ceremony and narrate the scene with two other actors, weaving quotes from actual love letters and first-hand accounts of the 1836 event with some improvisation and audience participation. Wedding-themed dress-up clothes will be provided and guests can be photographed for a souvenir of the historic occasion. At the reception, enjoy wedding cake and locally brewed beer from the award-winning Crossroads Brewery. Bring your own top hat or other flourish if the spirit moves you!

The Dress
On display for one night only will be Maria Cole’s original white silk 1836 wedding dress, on temporary loan from the Greene County Historical Society.

The Cake
After the ceremony, guests will be treated to a wedding reception complete with a 3-tiered wedding cake from an 1833 recipe in The American Frugal Housewife, Mrs. Child, Boston:

"Good common wedding cake may be made thus: Four pounds of flour, three pounds of butter, three pounds of sugar, four pounds of currants, two pounds of raisins, twenty-four eggs, half a pint of brandy, or lemon-brandy, one ounce of mace, and three nutmegs. A little molasses makes it dark colored, which is desirable. Half a pound of citron improves it; but it is not necessary. To be baked two hours and a half, or three hours. After the oven is cleared, it is well to shut the door for eight or ten minutes, to let the violence of the heat subside, before cake or bread is put in. To make icing for your wedding cake, beat the whites of eggs to an entire froth, and to each egg add five teaspoonfuls of sifted loaf sugar, gradually; beat it a great while. Put it on when your cake is hot, or cold, as is most convenient. It will dry in a warm room, as short distance from a gentle fire, or in a warm oven."

Reservations are not required, but are appreciated. Please call 518-943-7465 extension 7 and leave your name, phone number, and the number of people in your party. Admission is free.

Many thanks to our sponsors: Crossroads Brewery for beer and promotion; Debbie Klein for graphic design; Q. Cassetti for poster artwork; John Oles for music; Hudson Talbott for Rudie Berkhout lasers; Sheri DeJan for wedding cake.

 

Exhibition: Robert S. DuncansonRobert S. Duncanson, Landscape, 1851. Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN

The First African-American Landscape Painter to Gain International Renown

On May 1, 2011, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site opened Robert S. Duncanson: The Spiritual Striving of the Freedmen’s Sons, the first exhibition featuring the work of the nineteenth-century African-American landscape painter Robert S. Duncanson in many years, and the first exhibition of his work to appear on the east coast, even in his lifetime. The exhibition brings the work of this ground-breaking artist to the home of Thomas Cole, who was a major influence on Duncanson. The exhibition is curated by Joseph D. Ketner, the Henry and Lois Foster Chair in Contemporary Art and the Distinguished Curator-in-Residence at Emerson College in Boston. He is the author of the definitive book about the artist, The Emergence of the African- American Artist: Robert S. Duncanson 1821-1872. The catalogue for this exhibition contains an essay by Mr. Ketner including new information on the artist and color illustrations of many new paintings discovered over the past fifteen years. The exhibition runs through October 30, 2011.

Supported by The Bank of Greene County and The Greene County Legislature through the County Initiative Program administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts.

Annual October Lecture Event

by Franklin Kelly, Curator at the National Gallery of Art
Sunday October 23, 2 pm

Join us for the sixth annual Raymond Beecher Memorial Lecture, this year presenting Franklin Kelly, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and a professor in the department of art history and archaeology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Admission is $7 per person, or $5 for members, and is first-come-first-served. After the lecture, enjoy complementary admission to the 2011 exhibition, "Robert S. Duncanson: The Spiritual Striving of the Freedmen's Sons."

Supported by The New York Council for the Humanities and the Thomas Cole Benefactors. Many thanks to Temple Israel for the venue and parking for this event.

If you are in town for the weekend, see also the new installation of "Masters on Main Street," the storefront art project in Catskill, New York. New work is unveiled on Saturday October 22, 4-6 pm, followed by a dance party at BRIK Gallery, 473 Main Street, 6-9 pm. For more information visit http://www.greenearts.org/testpost.


Community Day - Free Admission

Sunday September 25, 1-4 pm

Everyone is invited to join the fun at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of the site in 2001. The local musical star Mark Hatton will be playing dancing tunes on the banjo from 3 to 4pm, and free apple cider and cookies will be offered all afternoon. Thomas Cole’s 1815 home and 1839 studio will be open free of charge, and all visitors will receive a free walking guide to the 5-acre site as well as a free brochure with the history of the historic property. A special exhibition that illustrates the major milestones of the last decade will be on view, presenting archival materials, photographs, and audio visual displays. The newly restored stone wall and entrance gates will be ready for all to enjoy, as part of the overall landscape restoration that was just completed with over 200 new trees and shrubs all around the site. No reservations are neccessary -- all are welcome.


Remember the Ladies:
Women of the Hudson River School

Susie (Sarah) Barstow, Woodland Interior, 1865. Private collection

May 1-October 31, 2010

The Thomas Cole Historic Site has been presenting annual exhibitions of 19th-century landscape masterworks since 2004; however, the 2010 exhibition was the first to focus on women landscape artists of the Hudson River School. This exhibition included approximately 25 works of art (paintings, photography, drawing manuals) as well as paintings by Thomas Cole’s own sister Sarah Cole and daughter Emily Cole. The exhibition was co-curated by Nancy Siegel, Associate Professor, Towson University, and Jennifer Krieger, Managing Partner, Hawthorne Fine Art. It was accompanied by a printed exhibition catalogue with full-color illustrations and essays by the curators. The title is taken from a letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams in 1776: “I desire you would Remember the Ladies… if particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to foment a Rebellion.” Read more about the exhibition.

The exhibition is sponsored by Michael Altman Fine Art & Advisory Services, Hawthorne Fine Art New York, the Bank of Greene County, and the Greene County Legislature through the County Initiative Program administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts. Our sincere thanks to Temple Israel for offering us their facility for our lecture at no charge. The exhibition catalogue is supported by Furthermore Grants in Publishing, a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund, Sharon and Henry Martin, and Eric and Katherine Baumgartner.


5th Annual Raymond Beecher Memorial Lecture

October 10, 2010  2 pm

Outdoor Men: Manliness, Masculinity, and the Antebellum Landscape Painter
by Sarah Burns

From the 1830s on, landscape representation held pride of place in the realm of American painting, coming to the fore as a truly national art.  With this emerging genre came questions about the identity of the new American artist.  As one who hobnobbed in elite cultural circles but also worked with his hands and roughed it in the woods and mountains, was the antebellum American landscape painter to be a gentleman or an undomesticated wild man, a James Fenimore Cooper or a Davy Crockett, romantic dreamer or man of action?  Please join Dr. Sarah Burns, Ruth N. Halls Professor of Fine Arts at Indiana University, as she examines the ways in which Hudson River School painters attempted to reckon with the problematic aura of femininity that clung to the image of the artist at that time. Admission is $7 per person, or $5 for members, and is first-come-first-served. The event will be held in Temple Israel, which shares a parking lot with the Thomas Cole Historic Site.

Made possible with support from the New York Council for the Humanities. Our sincere thanks to Temple Israel for donating to us the use of their facility for this lecture.

 

A September Celebration

To unveil the plans for Thomas Cole's New Studio
Saturday September 11, 2010  6pm

Join us for a party at Thomas Cole's home in Catskill with cocktails on the lawn followed by dinner at one of several magnificent river-front homes nearby. At the event, the newly completed architectural drawings for Thomas Cole's "New Studio" will be unveiled. The building was designed by Cole and built in 1846, but was demolished in 1973. The original stone foundation has been unearthed, and this fascinating archaeological site will be on view as well. Tickets are $225 for the cocktail and dinner, or $70 for the cocktail party only.

 

Independence Party

The 7th annual summer party to benefit the Thomas Cole Historic Site

Sunday July 4, 2010  7pm

Join us for a glorious river party with cocktails, dinner, music, dancing and fireworks at a private estate featuring a 180-degree view of the Hudson River, celebrating the newly established INDEPENDENCE of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. Tickets are $150 or $125 for members. Sponsorships are available at the Silver level ($500) which includes two event tickets, Gold ($1000) which includes four tickets, and Platinum ($1500) which includes six tickets. Underwriter sponsors ($2500) receive reserved tables for ten people at the event.

Reserve your place using our online form.

 

2010 Sunday Salons

Sundays at 2pm, January through April 2010

River PicnicAuthors, writers, artists, Hudson River School authorities with new books on the subject, and great speakers from all across the country are coming to the home of Thomas Cole in 2010. Join us on Sunday afternoons once per month for talks, wine, and lively conversation at our popular Sunday Salon series. Tickets are $8 per person or $6 for members. Admission is first-come-first served.

River Views of the Hudson River School

Exhibition on view through October 25, 2009

River ViewsIn 1609, Henry Hudson made his historic voyage up the Hudson River. 2009 is the 400th anniversary of this event, launching river-related events up and down the valley. To tie in with the region-wide celebration, the Thomas Cole Historic Site presents a loan exhibition of paintings by 19th-century masters of the Hudson River School of art, depicting views of the Hudson River and related bodies of water. Included are oil paintings by Thomas Cole, Sanford Gifford, Jasper Cropsey, and others. Accompanying the exhibition are a series of guided hikes to the magnificent places depicted in the paintings.

Guided Hikes

June through October 2009

Guided HikesThe Thomas Cole Historic Site is pleased to launch a new 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. Offered once per month, the hikes fill up quickly. Pre-registration is required.

Major Speaker Event: Barbara Novak

“Thomas Cole: Pioneer, Predecessor and Prophet”

Sunday October 25, 2pm

River PicnicBarbara Novak, widely recognized as one of the most influential theorists of American art, will speak at the Thomas Cole Historic Site for the Fourth Annual Raymond Beecher Lecture, named in honor of Greene County’s late historian and philanthropist. Novak is credited with having pioneered the study of 19th-century American painting with her ground-breaking book “American Painting of the 19th Century” (1969). For her presentation at the home of Thomas Cole, Novak has written a new talk. Admission is first-come-first served.

River of Dreams CD Release Party

Sunday September 13, 4 pm

Join us for an afternoon of music, history and fun as we celebrate the release of the CD from the musical, "River of Dreams", based on the book by Hudson Talbott, renowned children's book author and board member of the Thomas Cole Historic Site. The event includes a live performance by local high school students who were part of the original cast, and a book-signing with the author Hudson Talbott and the composer Frank Cuthbert. Books and CDs will be available for purchase, and proceeds will benefit the Thomas Cole Historic Site. Free admission.

 

“River Picnic” Summer Party

Saturday, July 4, 2009

This year, as it is the Quadricentennial of Henry Hudson’s 1609 voyage, our biggest fundraiser of the year will be a glorious river party on the broad lawn that stretches from a high bluff down to the river’s edge at the home of our board chairman Lisa Fox Martin and Dick May, featuring a 180-degree view of the Hudson River. The evening will include cocktails by the pool followed by a classic Hudson Valley supper around a great open tent while admiring the fireworks overhead and the twinkling lights of the many small boats below.  

Family Programs: "Making a River"

at both the Thomas Cole Historic Site and Olana

Four Sundays, once a month, 1 to 4 pm:
June 14 at Thomas Cole
July 12 at Olana
August 16 at Thomas Cole
September 6 at Olana

Enjoy an afternoon with the kids at either Olana or the Thomas Cole House, join a story-circle about the Hudson River, study original 19th-century paintings of the river, walk outside to the river's edge to sketch the views, create your own paintings of the Hudson River, and take home a free copy of a book by the renowned illustrator Thomas Locker. Offered once a month, alternating between Olana and the Thomas Cole House, 1 to 4 pm, on the following Sundays: June 14 at Thomas Cole, July 12 at Olana, August 16 at Thomas Cole, and September 6 at Olana. Open to all ages. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Free bus pick-up at the Hudson Area Association Library, 400 State Street, Hudson, at 12:40 pm, and at the Catskill Community Center, 344 Main Street, Catskill, at 12:50 pm. For more information, contact Cheryl O'Donnell at 518-828-1872.

 

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