Lecture: Thomas Cole, Frederic Church And Science


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unnamed(2)The Hudson River School artists worked at a time when great revolutions were sweeping through science. This Sunday January 12, at 2 pm at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, The husband and wife science team Johanna (biologist) and Robert (geologist) Titus will offer an in-depth look into the interactions of Thomas Cole and Frederic Church with the scientists of their time.

Highlights include the Titus’ discovery of the local mountain that Cole used as a model for the famous centerpiece of his series “The Course of Empire.” The Titus’ will sign copies of their new book, The Hudson Valley in the Ice Age, after the talk.

The talk is part of the Sunday Salons lectures that take place once per month from January through April at the home of Thomas Cole. Tickets are $9 per person, or $7 for members, and admission to these popular lectures is first-come-first-served. Due to the popularity of this lecture series, they are presenting this and all 2014 Salons in the Temple that is next door to the Cole House so that there will be ample seating. The reception that follows will be in Thomas Cole’s home.

Upcoming Sunday Salons:

February 9, 2014
Scott MacDonald
Thomas Cole at the Movies

A generation of modern independent filmmakers has been inspired by Cole and 19th century landscape work. Scott MacDonald, Professor of Film History at Hamilton College and author of The Garden in the Machine: A Field Guide to Independent Films about Place, will present a program of “Hudson River School” films, including work by Larry Gottheim, Robert Huot, and Peter Hutton.

March 9, 2014
Alexander Nemerov
The Chiaroscuro of Thomas Cole

Noted writer and speaker Alexander Nemerov is the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Stanford University. Committed to teaching the history of art more broadly, Nemerov focuses on the presence of art, the recollection of the past, and the importance of the humanities in our lives today.

April 6, 2014
Gerald Carr
Together Again: Frederic Church as Thomas Cole’s Pupil

Pondering Thomas Cole and Frederic Church today, we think mostly about their differing yet linked creativities – it seems Church, a “realist,” carried on, or finished, what Cole, a “romanticist,” started. Join Dr. Gerald L. Carr for a preview of the topic of our 2014 exhibition, as he considers their relationship, especially in terms of their shared years at Catskill, 1844-46.

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is located at 218 Spring Street in Catskill, New York, near the west entrance to the Rip Van Winkle Bridge. Visit their website at www.thomascole.org.

Illustration: One of the subjects of Sunday’s talk will be the mountain in this painting: Thomas Cole, The Course of Empire – Consummation [detail], 1836. The New-York Historical Society.

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