In a press release issued by The Thomas Cole National Historic Site and The Olana Partnership it was announced that the two organizations will co-host River Corssings, “a landmark exhibition of contemporary art to highlight the pivotal role that the two historic properties – and the artists who lived and worked there – played in shaping America’s culture of contemporary art.” Curated by Stephen Hannock and Dr. Jason Rosenfeld the exhibit will provide an never before presented chance for visitors to experience contemporary art as presented in these historic homes.
Cedar Grove, the home of Thomas Cole (1801-1848), founder of the Hudson River School of art and Olana, the home of Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), the leader artist in the Hudson River School style lie two miles from each other directly across the Hudson River. Works by over 25 artists representing a wide range of styles, each artist has a connection to the region. Not only is this the first time the two historic properties have collaborated on a combined exhibit, it is also the first time contemporary art has been presented in the context of the properties.
“River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home”, the hardcover companion book to the exhibition, explores the relationship between past and present and inspires readers to consider new ideas about the meaning of the art and history of the mid-19th century and its resonance today.
River Crossings begins May 3 and runs through November 1, 2015.
More information regarding the artists and the exhibit as well as tickets for the event can be found at the River Crossings website. Hours for tours and scheduling of special events being held in conjunction with the exhibit are also available.
As an alternative to purchasing single tickets for the exhibit, Olana visitors are encouraged to consider purchasing a Membership. For as low as $50 Membership includes unlimited visits to both the Olana and Thomas Cole sites during the period of the exhibit, discounts to the Olana gift shop, exclusive invitations to member only events – including a members only preview of River Crossings, and more. To find out more click here.
The River Crossings exhibit is sure to be talked about for years to come and The Barlow is proud to be a sponsor of the Olana Partnership.