Current Exhibitions & Events

Picturesque and Sublime: Thomas Cole’s Trans-Atlantic Inheritance

Curators: Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor in the History of Art at Yale, Jennifer Raab, Associate Professor in the History of Art at Yale, Sophie Lynford, Ph.D. candidate at Yale and Nicholas Robbins, Ph.D. candidate at Yale

May 1 – Nov 4, 2018

Explore how Thomas Cole transformed the British landscape traditions into the American Sublime in this exhibition presented in partnership with the Yale Center for British Art in Cole’s New Studio.

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Photo © Peter Aaron/OTTO

SPECTRUM

Curator: Kate Menconeri

Aug 14 – Nov 18, 2018

An exhibition of contemporary artworks installed throughout the historic site as part of the ongoing series OPEN HOUSE: Contemporary Art in Conversation with Cole. The exhibition grew out of conversations between the Cole Site curator Kate Menconeri, the artist Kiki Smith, and exhibiting artists.

Painting: Place (Place), 2017, Jackie Saccoccio. Oil and mica on Linen, 79 x 90 in. Courtesy of the artist and Van Doren Waxter,

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Painting: Place (Place), 2017, Jackie Saccoccio. Oil and mica on Linen, 79 x 90 in. Courtesy of the artist and Van Doren Waxter,

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Curators: Kate Menconeri and Kathy Greenwood, Director, Art & Culture Program, Albany International Airport

Sat, Sept 29 – Mon, Feb, 25 

Albany International Airport Gallery, 3rd Fl

The Thomas Cole Site and the Albany International Airport present a new multidisciplinary exhibition that features 10 contemporary visual artists and 7 writers whose works explore our relationship to the natural world, and share common ground with Thomas Cole’s greatest written work, Essay on American Scenery. The gallery is open daily from 7 am to 11 pm.

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Lisa Sanditz, Fumigation Tents, 2016, acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 54 x 70”, photograph courtesy the artist

Let Us Eat the Colors of Nature’s Spectrum

Fri, Oct 19, 2018

6-8 pm

Join us for an evening of food, music, and conversation in Cole’s 1839 Old Studio building as an extension of the contemporary exhibition SPECTRUM. The artist-driven experience is organized by the Thomas Cole Site with the artist Linda Weintraub. Space is limited and reservations are required.

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Linda Weintraub, Let Us Eat the Colors of Nature’s Spectrum, 2018. Photo Peter Aaron / OTTO

The Art Trail: Sunset Rock and Bear’s Den

Fri, Oct 26, 2018

9 am – 3 pm

Hike alongside Carey Russell, a noteworthy artist, writer, and photographer, as you marvel at the views that 19th century artists Thomas Cole and Jasper Cropsey painted. The hike begins on rugged terrain through gorgeous forest, peaking at Sunset Rock/ Bear’s Den, an iconic view featured in Cole’s Catskill Mountain House: The Four Elements, now on view in Cole’s New Studio.

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Reception & Curator’s Talk with Linda Ferber

Tues, Nov 13, 2018

6 pm in NYC

Please join us for a reception and curator’s talk entitled “Public Enemy Number One” Thomas Cole and the American Pre-Raphaelites” in NYC by Dr. Linda S. Ferber, guest curator for The American Pre-Raphaelites: Radical Realists opening at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. on April 14, 2019.

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Painting: Charles Herbert Moore, Old Studio, c. 1860s, Thomas Cole National Historic Site

The Parlors

Now open 

Visit The Parlors, an immersive experience in the first floor of the Main House where historic restoration meets multimedia technology. The carefully researched restoration has transformed the first floor of Cole’s home to the artist’s original design, just as visitors in his day would have experienced it. It features recently discovered hand-painted decorative borders by Thomas Cole himself, representing the earliest-known interior decorative painting by an American artist. Photo © Peter Aaron/OTTO

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Mind Upon Nature: Thomas Cole’s Creative Process

Now open

Explore Thomas Cole’s working process and ideas through an array of original sketches and paintings made by Cole, alongside the books and objects that inspired him. Discover the pigments and materials he used to realize his influential paintings. This special exhibition is located upstairs in the Main House and is comprised of original objects, ninety percent of which are from the Cole Site collection.

 

Painting: Diagram of Kontrasts, 1834, Thomas Cole. Courtesy of Collection Richard Sharp.

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Guided Tours

Now open

Join a seasonal guided tour with a friendly Cole Site Educator to explore the 1815 Main House where Thomas Cole lived and worked. The experience features the multimedia installation The Parlors and the exhibition Thomas Cole’s Creative Process, which includes original works by the artist.

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Hudson River Skywalk Viewing Platforms

Open Year-Round

Take in magnificent views of the landscape that so inspired Thomas Cole from the new Hudson River Skywalk viewing platforms along The Rip Van Winkle Bridge, located just a quick walk from the Thomas Cole Site. Learn more about the Skywalk initiative and the pedestrian connection from our site to Olana.

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Past Exhibitions

KIKI SMITH / “From the Creek”

Curator: Kate Menconeri, Thomas Cole Site Curator

Aug 12 – Nov 19, 2017

 Photo © Peter Aaron/OTTO
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“Sanford R. Gifford in the Catskills”

Curator: Kevin J. Avery, Ph.D., Senior Research Scholar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Apr 30 – Oct 29, 2017 

Photo © Peter Aaron/OTTO

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“Thomas Cole: The Artist as Architect”

Curator: Annette Blaugrund, Ph.D., Independent Scholar, Author and Curator, and former Director of the National Academy Museum & School of Fine Arts    

May 1 – Oct 30, 2016

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JASON MIDDLEBROOK: “Nature Builds / We Cover”

Curator: Kate Menconeri, Thomas Cole Site Curator

Aug 14 – Oct 30, 2016

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“River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home”

Curators: Stephen Hannock, Contemporary Artist and Jason Rosenfeld, Ph.D., Distinguished Chair and Professor of Art History at Marymount Manhattan College and Senior Writer and Editor-at-Large for the Brooklyn Rail

May 3-Nov 1, 2015

Photo © Peter Aaron/OTTO

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Stanley Maltzman / “Thomas Cole’s Honey”

Curator: Kate Menconeri, Thomas Cole Site Curator

July 26- Oct 2, 2014

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“Master, Mentor, master – Thomas Cole & Frederic Church”

Curators: John Wilmerding, Ph.D., Sarofim Professor of American Art, Emeritus, at Princeton University and former Senior Curator and Deputy Director of the National Gallery of Art 

Apr 30 – Nov 2, 2014

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“Albert Bierstadt in New York and New England”

Curator: Annette Blaugrund, Ph.D., Independent Scholar, Author and Curator, and former Director of the National Academy Museum & School of Fine Arts

May 1 – Nov 3, 2013

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“Worlds Between: Landscapes of Louis Rémy Mignot”

Curator: Katherine E. Manthorne, Ph.D., Professor of American and Latin American Art at the CUNY Graduate Center, and former Research Center Head at the Smithsonian American Art Museum  

Apr 29 – Oct 28, 2012

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“Remember the Ladies”

Curators: Nancy Siegel, Ph.D., Professor of Art History at Towson University and Jennifer Krieger, Managing Partner of Hawthorne Fine Art and Academic Scholar  

May 2- Oct 31, 2010

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“River Views of the Hudson River School”

Curator: Nancy Siegal, Ph.D., Professor of Art History at Towson University    

May 2- Oct 31, 2010

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“Thomas Cole’s Sketch Paintings: An Exploration of the Creative Process”

Curator: Elizabeth B. Jacks, Thomas Cole Site Executive Director

May 3 – Oct 26, 2008

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“Asher B. Durand: Intimate Observations”

Curator: Lee Vedder, Ph.D., Independent Curator and former Henry Luce  Curatorial Fellow in American Art at the New York Historical Society     

May 20 – Oct 28, 2007

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“Jasper Cropsey: Interpreting Nature”

Curator: Elizabeth Stevens, former Thomas Cole Site Curator    

May 7 – Oct 29, 2006

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“George Inness: Paintings”

Curator: Elizabeth Stevens, former Thomas Cole Site Curator    

May 1 – Oct 30, 2005

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