Institute celebrates Hudson River School
The Hudson River School landscape paintings from the Albany Institute collection are on exhibit at the Institute, 125 Washington Ave., Albany,
An exhibit reception will be held Tuesday, July 25, 6:30 to 8 p.m., to celebrate the reinstallation of its Hudson River School paintings in the Hearst Gallery on the museum’s third floor. Live music, hors d’oeuvres and cash bar are featured. The events is $10, free for Institute members. Reserve a place at http://www.albanyinstitute.org/. Questions? Call 518-463-4478, ext. 414.
For the first time, nearly all 90 paintings from this important collection of 19th-century American landscape paintings will be on view. These landscapes, painted by artists like Thomas Cole (work shown: View on Catskill Creek), Frederic Church, Jasper Cropsey, Asher Durand, and numerous others, capture America’s scenic grandeur in all its magnificence from rugged coastal scenery to imposing mountains and rivers.
Many paintings in the Institute’s collection depict the nation during decades of transformation from a country of small towns and farms to one of industrial works and sprawling urban centers. The nation was also in the midst of rapid westward expansion and political conflict that reshaped its social identity and cultural outlook. Developments in transportation allowed artists to travel more widely, frequently beyond the nation’s borders, to Europe and more distant corners of the globe, and return to their home country with sketchbooks full of inspiration and new ideas. The paintings on view, therefore, reveal a visual history of the United States during the nineteenth century, including its aspirations and growing nostalgia for a simpler and more harmonious past.
Gloria MazurePost Author
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