Current Exhibitions & Events

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 his original design, as visitors in his day would have experienced it and features recently discovered hand-painted decorative borders by Thomas Cole himself which represent the earliest-known interior decorative painting by an American artist. Photo © Peter Aaron/OTTO

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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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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

Picturesque and Sublime: Thomas Cole’s Trans-Atlantic Inheritance is presented in Thomas Cole’s New Studio, in partnership with the Yale Center for British Art and members of the Yale University History of Art Department. Explore how Cole transformed the well-developed British traditions of landscape representation into a new, bold formulation, the American Sublime.

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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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Performance: Tim Youd Retyping “Light Years” by James Salter

Now open

Come witness performance artist, Tim Youd retype James Salter’s “Light Years” on the porch of the Main House as part of his “100 Novels” project.

 

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for New Hudson River School Art Trail Site

Wed, July 18, 2018

1 pm

Join us in inaugurating Platte Clove as a new site on the Hudson River School Art Trail. Lush with waterfalls and trails, this pristine territory was an important inspiration for Cole, Church, and Durand.

We will be meeting at Platte Clove Cabin, 2504 Platte Clove Road/County Route 16, Elka Park, NY 12427.

The Art Trail: Sunset Rock and Bear’s Den

Fri, July 27, 2018

9 am – 4 pm

Visit 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. Hikers will stop for a dip at North Lake so don’t forget your bathing attire!

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The Art Trail: Catskill Creek

Fri, August 24, 2018

1 pm – 4 pm

Enjoy light paddling up Catskill Creek. Stop to swim and admire the surroundings so heavily featured in Cole’s works. The paddle will begin at Catskill Point and continue towards Atelier Restaurant, a nice area to pause, float and take a dip.

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The Art Trail: Catskill Mountain House Site

Fri, Sept 28, 2018

9 am – 2 pm

Hike through a hemlock forest over fairly rugged terrain to the site of where the famed Catskill Mountain House once stood. This was one of the area’s earliest luxury hotels and the views from here were a highly popular subject for Cropsey, Church and Cole.

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The Art Trail: Sunset Rock and Bear’s Den

Fri, Oct 26, 2018

9 am – 3 pm

Visit 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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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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