Women Reframe American Landscape

Susie Barstow & Her Circle

Contemporary Practices

MAY 6-OCTOBER 29, 2023

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Susie M. Barstow, Mountain Lake in Autumn (detail), 1873, oil on canvas, 20 x 30 in., Private collection

Exhibition Overview

Illuminating the artistic contributions and perspectives of women, Women Reframe American Landscape: Susie Barstow & Her Circle / Contemporary Practices is a two-part exhibition – and accompanying publication – that reinserts the accomplished 19th-century American artist Susie Barstow (1836-1923) into the history of the Hudson River School of landscape painting and presents work by contemporary artists who expand and challenge how we think about “land” and “landscape” today. Featuring artwork from across generations, the exhibition launches an expanded narrative around land and art that challenges and strongly recenters women in the canon of American landscape art.

The exhibition is curated by Dr. Nancy Siegel, Professor of Art History at Towson University; Kate Menconeri, Chief Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs, Contemporary Art, and Fellowship at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, and Amanda Malmstrom, Associate Curator at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site.

Coinciding with the opening of the exhibition, two renowned art book publishing houses – one in Germany and one in England – will release books related to the exhibition:

  • Hirmer Publishers in Munich will issue a fully illustrated 128-page book titled Women Reframe American Landscape. It will include original essays by the exhibition’s curators, texts and plates by the artists, including “Artist as Arsonist: Burning Down the Myth of the American Landscape” by Teresita Fernández, and a discussion with Candice Hopkins (Carcross/Tagish First Nation), Executive Director and Chief Curator at Forge Project, and Jolene Rickard (Tuscarora Nation (Turtle Clan), Hodinöhsö:ni Confederacy), Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Department of History of Art and Visual Studies at Cornell University, titled “Upturning the Map: Native Women and Representations of Land and Landscape”, and a timeline created by Sofia Thieu D’Amico, Class of 2023 Cole Fellow, and Heather Bruegl (Oneida/ Stockbridge-Munsee), a public historian, activist, and decolonial education consultant, with Amanda Malmstrom.
  • Lund Humphries in London will issue a companion monograph, Susie M. Barstow: Redefining the Hudson River School by co-curator Nancy Siegel. This is the first monographic study of the artist and one of the very few to focus exclusively on an American woman landscape painter of the 19th The publication will coincide with the one hundredth anniversary of Susie Barstow’s death.
  • Lund Humphries will also issue Fidelia Bridges: Nature into Art, the first comprehensive biography of this best-selling female artist in post-Civil War America. The book is by Katherine Manthorne, a member of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site National Council and Professor of Modern Art of the Americas at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

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The project is presented at the Thomas Cole Site as the cornerstone of the year-long Women, Land, + Art initiative across exhibitions, programs, collections and interpretation.

Women Reframe American Landscape: Susie Barstow & Her Circle / Contemporary Practices is made possible by Warner Foundation.

The exhibition is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The exhibition is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This project is supported by a grant awarded to the Thomas Cole National Historic Site by Empire State Development and I LOVE NY/New York State’s Division of Tourism through the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

Additional support is provided by Wyeth Foundation for American Art and Tavolozza Foundation.

The exhibition and publication are also supported by Jennifer Krieger and Eric Siegel, Maurice D. Hinchey Hudson River Valley, National Heritage Area, The Coby Foundation, Ltd., Rick and Candace Beinecke, Marshall Field V., Allan E. Bulley, Jr., Greene County Legislature through the Greene County Cultural Fund, National Trust Insurance Services, LLC, Suncommon, The Bank of Greene County Charitable Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and the Kindred Spirits Society of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site.

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Susie M. Barstow, Mountain Lake in Autumn, 1873. Oil on canvas, 20 x 30 in. Private Collection.

Susie M. Barstow, Landscape, 1865. Oil on canvas, 30 x 22 in. Betsy and Al Scott Collection.

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Unhinged (Map), 2018. Mixed media on canvas, 60 x 40 in. Courtesy the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York, NY.

Ebony G. Patterson, …the wailing…ushers us home…and there is a bellying on the land…, 2021. Mixed media on jacquard woven photo tapestry and custom vinyl wallpaper, approximately 96 x 104 in. Courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, IL.

Exhibition catalogue cover

Jennifer GreimWomen Reframe American Landscape