2024 Exhibitions

Each year, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site presents special exhibitions of historic and contemporary art that debut here and travel the country. 

What other art will you see on a visit? Browse Thomas Cole paintings on view and Collection Highlights.

Native Prospects

Indigeneity and Landscape

May 4-Oct 27, 2024

Our new exhibition juxtaposes an Indigenous approach to the articulation of land with the American landscape paintings of Thomas Cole. Curated by Dr. Scott Manning Stevens, PhD / Karoniaktatsie (Akwesasne Mohawk).

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Alan Michelson


Jul 20-Dec 1, 2024

Artist Alan Michelson (Mohawk, Six Nations of the Grand River) presents a site-responsive exhibition throughout the historic artist’s home and landscape including the first complete American display of Prophetstown, 2012the first New York display of Hanödaga:yas (Town Destroyer), 2018; and video and other mixed media installations.

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Current Traveling Exhibitions

Women Reframe American Landscape

May 4-Aug 25, 2024

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI

Illuminating the artistic contributions and perspectives of women, this two-part exhibition includes the first retrospective of the nineteenth-century American artist Susie M. Barstow (1836–1923) and a presentation of contemporary works by artists Teresita Fernández, Guerrilla Girls, Marie Lorenz, Tanya Marcuse, Mary Mattingly, Ebony G. Patterson, Anna Plesset, Wendy Red Star, Jean Shin, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Cecilia Vicuña, Kay WalkingStick, and Saya Woolfalk. Engaging multigenerational perspectives, this exhibition recenters women in the canon of American art and expands how we think about land and landscape.


The Pollinator Pavilion

at The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park at Newfields, Indianapolis, IN

Summer 2023

 Designed by internationally renowned artists Mark Dion and Dana Sherwood, the Pavilion provides a fantastical architectural setting to encounter birds year-round while exploring a nurturing relationship with nature. The installation at Newfields will include plantings indigenous to Indianapolis, complementing the work Newfields has done through the Wild Birds Unlimited Native Pollinator Meadow and other efforts to support pollinator populations and expand native species.


Past Exhibitions

Browse our past exhibitions.

Past Exhibitions

About Historic Exhibitions

Each year, The Thomas Cole National Historic Site invites a guest curator to bring a new perspective to Thomas Cole’s work by creating a new exhibition of nineteenth-century art in Thomas Cole’s reconstructed New Studio. The exhibitions bring together artwork from museums and private collections across the country.

About Contemporary Exhibitions

 OPEN HOUSE: Contemporary Art in Conversation with Cole is an annual series of curated contemporary artist installations located within, and in response to, the historic home and studios of artist Thomas Cole. Operating from the concept that all art is contemporary, the program activates conversations between artists across centuries. Exhibitions and artworks have ranged from those that literally reference Thomas’s iconic works to those that expand on issues and themes relevant to him, including art, landscape, history, and balancing the built and natural worlds. OPEN HOUSE projects shed light on the connections between nineteenth century American art and our contemporary moment.

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