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Thomas Cole’s Studio

Memory and Inspiration

April 30-October 30, 2022

A major new exhibition of the artist’s late work and influence. Organized by the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and curated by Franklin Kelly, Senior Curator and Christiane Ellis Valone Curator of American Paintings, National Gallery of Art.

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Marc Swanson

A Memorial to Ice at the Dead Deer Disco

July 16-November 27, 2022

A new series of installations by Catskill, NY-based artist Marc Swanson inspired by the artwork and writings of Thomas Cole. Curated by Denise Markonish, Senior Curator and Director of Exhibitions at MASS MoCA and jointly presented at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and MASS MoCA.

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New Exhibition: “Thomas Cole’s Studio”

Contemporary Art: Marc Swanson

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Thomas Cole

Thomas Cole (1801-1848) was an American artist and early environmentalist. He was an economic migrant and the founder of this nation’s first major art movement, now known as the Hudson River School of landscape painting.

Visit Cole’s historic home and studios in the landscape that inspired it all.

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Explore Thomas Cole’s historic home, studios, and grounds, hike to one of the places in nature that he painted, see major exhibitions of 19th-century and contemporary art, browse the gift shop, take in a lecture, or celebrate at one of our special events.  Learn about all there is to see and do here.

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The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is situated between the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains, and is surrounded by cultural and scenic attractions in an area known for its history and its beauty.

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Cover slide show photo credits: 1: © Peter Aaron/OTTO, 2: Rachel Stults, 3, 5 & 7: Zio & Sons, 4: Devin Pickering, 6: Vincent M. Picone, 8: Andrew von Urtz
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