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Indoor Explore & "Cross Pollination" Exhibition


Thomas Cole National Historic Site
218 Spring Street
Catskill, NY 12414

42.225773 -73.861504

County: Greene
Region: Upper Hudson


  • September 1, 2021, 10:00AM, Open Tuesday - Sunday from 10am - 5pm; Last entry 4pm


Event Type Historic Site Tour/History Description Explore the restored historic interiors of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site to learn about the artist and environmentalist Thomas Cole (1801-1848) and see the exhibition "Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church & Our Contemporary Moment" at your own pace with Museum Educators stationed throughout the Site to offer information and answer questions. The exhibition is installed in the Main House, Old Studio, New Studio, and on the grounds. "Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church and our Contemporary Moment" is a national collaborative exhibition exploring the theme of cross pollination in art and the environment from the 19th century to today. The project stems from the artist Martin Johnson Heade’s 19th-century series of hummingbird and habitat paintings, "The Gems Of Brazil," and their unique relationship to the epic landscapes of Hudson River School artists Thomas Cole and Frederic Church, as well as their continued significance to major contemporary artists working today. For the first time in over two decades, 16 paintings from the influential series of hummingbirds and habitats, "The Gems of Brazil" (1863-64), by Martin Johnson Heade (1819-1904) will be on tour in New York for public audiences. The project uses the metaphor of “cross-pollination” inspired by Heade’s paintings to explore interconnections in art and science, between artists, and across the 19th and 21st centuries. Paintings, sketches, sculpture and natural history specimens will be displayed in provocative juxtapositions within the historic spaces. The artists featured in the exhibition are Martin Johnson Heade, Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, Emily Cole, Isabel Charlotte Church, Rachel Berwick, Nick Cave, Mark Dion, Richard Estes, Juan Fontanive, Jeffrey Gibson, Paula Hayes, Patrick Jacobs, Maya Lin, Flora C. Mace, Vik Muniz, Portia Munson, Lisa Sanditz, Sayler/Morris, Dana Sherwood, Jean Shin, Rachel Sussman, and Jeff Whetstone. The exhibition "Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church & Our Contemporary Moment," was created by the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, the Olana Partnership at Olana State Historic Site and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. The exhibition tour is organized by Crystal Bridges. The project will subsequently travel to The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in Jacksonville, FL, Reynolda House Museum of American Art in WinstonSalem, NC, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR. For more information, visit Sponsoring Organization Art Bridges, Henry Luce Foundation

Contact Information
518-943-7465 ext. 102


Advance registration required.
Tickets for September Indoor Explore will go on sale in mid-August. For tickets, please visit Tickets are released monthly. For questions, please email or call 518-943-7465 ext. 102.
Adults 16+: $16 Children under 15: Free Students with ID: Free Thomas Cole Site Members: Free

Additional Information

Family Friendly
Wheelchair Accessible
Barrier Free or Wheelchar accessible? Portion
Additional Wheelchair Info: The New Studio, Visitor Center and Gift Shop, Old Studio, and first floor of the Main House are all wheelchair accessible. The second floor of the Main House requires negotiating a flight of stairs.
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