THOMAS COLE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment

Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment

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Take home your copy of the beautiful Cross Pollination catalogue, a keepsake of the national exhibition.

The publication Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and our Contemporary Moment accompanies the major 2020–2022 national exhibition by the same name. The 63-page full-color book features new original essays by the curators, artwork by the foremost contemporary artists participating in the exhibition, stunning prints of Martin Johnson Heade's 19th-century painting series The Gems of Brazil, and major works by Hudson River School artists Frederic Church and Thomas Cole.

The book is published by the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Olana State Historic Site and includes original essays by curators Kate Menconeri, Curator & Director of Exhibitions and Collections at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site; Julia Rosenbaum, Associate Professor of Art History & Visual Culture at Bard College and former Director of Research & Publications at The Olana Partnership; Mindy N. Besaw, Curator of American Art & Director of Fellowships and Research at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; and William L. Coleman, Director of Collections & Exhibitions at the Olana Partnership. Book design by Rita Lascaro; cover concept by Drew Design Co.

The exhibition stems from the artist Martin Johnson Heade’s 19th-century series of hummingbird 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. The project uses the metaphor of cross-pollination 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 exhibition was created by The Olana Partnership at Olana State Historic Site, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in 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 Winston Salem, NC, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR.

Support for the exhibition and its national tour is provided by Art Bridges. Additional major support is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation.

The exhibition is also supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art. In New York the project is supported in part by The National Endowment for the Arts; Empire State Development’s I LOVE NEW YORK program under the Market NY initiative; and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, and the New York State Legislature.In New York the project is also supported by the Robert Lehman Foundation; The Bank of Greene County Charitable Foundation; the Greene County Legislature through the County Initiative Program of the Greene County Council on the Arts; The Olana Partnership’s Novak-Ferber Exhibitions Fund; and the Kindred Spirits Society of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site.

Support for the book is provided by Furthermore, a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund.

Paperbound with die-cut cover, 8.75 x 11 inches, 60 pages.