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Art & Nature: The Hudson River School


The Albany Institute's renowned collection of Hudson River School landscape paintings will become a traveling exhibition over the next three years while the Institute completes its renovation and expansion project The museum, which is currently closed, will reopen in Spring, 2001. In the meantime, the Albany Institute is operating a satellite location at 63 State Street in downtown Albany. Of the Hudson River School works in the Institute's collection, 27 will be included in the traveling exhibition. The tour was developed by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services of Kansas City, Missouri.

The tour includes stops at the Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, Florida, July 25 - September 26, 1999 (see Art and Nature: The Hudson River School, Paintings from the Albany Institute of History & Art); Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York, October 17-December 19, 1999; Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan, January 9 - March 12, 2000; Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia, April 2 - June 4, 2000; Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, June 25 -August 27, 2000; The Morris Museum, Morristown, New Jersey, September 17-November 19, 2000 and the Terra Museum in Chicago, Illinois, December 10, 2000 - February 2001.

"We are delighted to have this expanded visibility for our Hudson River School collection," said Tammis Groft, AIHA chief curator. "National interest in this exhibition was terrific; the tour sold out faster than any Smith Kramer had previously offered. Needless to say, we're very pleased that so many people outside the Capital Region will have the opportunity to see these wonderful paintings.

Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley of New York, the Albany Institute of History and Art has been collecting materials related to Hudson River school artists for over one hundred years. The collection of Hudson River school landscapes represents all of the major artists associated with the movement recognized as the first school of American painting.

The exhibition Art & Nature: The Hudson River School features twenty-seven paintings depicting American views by Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, Frederic E. Church, Jasper Cropsey, Sanford R. Gifford, James Hart, William Hart, John Kensett, Homer D. Martin, David Johnson, John Casilear and George Inness. Paintings included in this exhibition are drawn from the museum's collection of over sixty paintings along with drawings and sketchbooks, scrapbooks, letters, paint boxes and photographs related to the lives and careers of these artists. The interpretive theme for this exhibition focuses on how the meaning and importance of the Hudson River school paintings have changed over time.

Images from top to bottom: James Hart, Adirondack Scenery, AIHA Collection 1987.32; Asher B. Durand, An Old Man's Reminiscences, AIHA Collection 1940.676.4; Thomas Cole, Ruined Tower, AIHA Collection 1965.1; Thomas Cole, Lake Winnepesaukee, AIHA Collection 1949.1.4

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For further biographical information on selected artists cited in this article please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.

rev. 10/18/10

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