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June 28, 2013

Fenimore to host 'Hudson River School' exhibit

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The Daily Star

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“The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision” will open Saturday, June 29. Organized by the New York Historical Society, this exhibition will run through Sept. 29.

The exhibition is part of a collaborative project with The Glimmerglass Festival, Hyde Hall and Olana State Historic Site, the home of Frederic Church. Each organization features programming related to the Hudson River School throughout the summer.

Celebrated masterpieces rarely seen on tour include Thomas Cole’s iconic series of five monumental landscapes, “The Course of Empire,” 1834-36. Other featured artists include Asher B. Durand, Frederic Edwin Church, John Frederick Kensett, George Inness, Jasper Francis Cropsey, Francis Augustus Silva, Sanford Robinson Gifford, Thomas Hill and Albert Bierstadt. Rising to eminence in New York during the mid-19th century, this loosely knit group of artists forged a self-consciously American landscape vision grounded in the exploration of the natural world as a resource for spiritual renewal and as an expression of cultural and national identity, according to a media release. 

To enhance its collaborative efforts, the Fenimore Art Museum has made special arrangements with The Parthenon (which serves as the city of Nashville’s museum of art) to display the well-known Frederic Church painting “The Wreck” — making a direct connection with Olana State Historic Site, the home of Frederic Church, and the Glimmerglass Festival’s summer production of Richard Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman.”

For more information about Fenimore Art Museum, visit FenimoreArtMuseum.org.