Crystal Bridges to hosts exhibition of Hudson River School paintings

Thomas Cole – The Course of Empire: The Savage State, oil on canvas

Courtesy, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art will present a special exhibition of 45 paintings by Hudson River School artists on loan from the New-York Historical Society beginning May 5.

Asher B. Durand – Beacon Hills on
the Hudson River, Opposite Newburgh

Martin J. Heade – Study of an Orchid

Louisa D. Minot
Niagara Falls

The exhibit, titled The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision, will be shown through Sept. 3 in the galleries currently occupied by Wonder World.

Admission to the exhibition will be free to Crystal Bridges members, and $5 per person for non-members. There will be no charge for guests under age 18.

The New-York Historical Society organized the exhibition with works selected from their collections of 19th-century American landscape paintings. The exhibition was designed to travel while the society’s galleries were closed during renovations, offering an opportunity to share works that have rarely traveled. It includes Thomas Cole’s five-part series: The Course of Empire plus other works by Cole, and artists including Asher B. Durand, Martin J. Heade, and Louisa D. Minot. The Crystal Bridges presentation will be the last time the works are on display outside New York.

Fun fact: The New-York Historical Society reopened Nov. 11, 2011, the same day Crystal Bridges opened.

Linda Ferber, New-York Historical Society senior art historian and curator of the exhibition, and Kevin Murphy, curator of American art at Crystal Bridges, will participate in special programs including a private preview and a lecture for Crystal Bridges members.

Tickets may be reserved or purchased beginning in April at or by contacting 479-418-5700.

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, May 3, 2012 – Private preview for Crystal Bridges Guild and Circle Members
Friday, May 4, 2012 – Private preview and lectures by Kevin Murphy and Linda Ferber for members of Crystal Bridges
Saturday, May 5, 2012 – 11 a.m. public opening, tickets required for non-members.
Sept. 3, 2012 – Last day to view exhibition.

Thomas Cole – The Course of Empire