Exhibition Catalogue – River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home


Unprecedented in its concept and execution, the exhibition River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home intertwines two historic sites with world-renowned contemporary art in a setting that was the genesis of American art in the early nineteenth century. The exhibition was curated by the artist Stephen Hannock and the art historian Jason Rosenfeld, PhD. This unique presentation is chronicled in this beautifully illustrated and informative publication that accompanies the landmark exhibition. A stunning account of this distinguished exhibition at the home of Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School, and Olana, Frederic Edwin Church’s home and property, the publication takes the reader through this unparalleled exhibition and complements the original intent of these two extraordinary painters with innovative, contemporary art of our time.

The exhibition is beautifully documented by the world-renowned photographer Peter Aaron. In addition to the book’s captivating plate section, including artist biographies and narratives, insightful essays by notable authors give knowledgeable background on the continuity of the American artistic tradition in one of the nation’s most historic areas. River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home is a reflection of the inspiration found in the Hudson River Valley by Cole and Church, and the continuation of that discovery by contemporary artists—a palpable encounter with the natural environment.

This publication is generously supported by Tiger & Caroline Williams, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Furthermore: A Program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund.


Essays by: Ken Burns, Stephen Hannock, Jason Rosenfeld, Maurice Berger & Marvin Heiferman.
Photography by Peter Aaron.

Hardcover 120 pages, 10 x 11 inches,

91 color + 17 black-and-white images


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