From Colony to Nation: 200 Years of American Painting at the New-York Historical Society

June 07, 2013
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September 08, 2013

This exhibition of American art, drawn from the New-York Historical Society's venerable collections, presents a chronological and thematic survey of masterworks ranging in date from 1720 to 1917. Included are Colonial, Federal, and Gilded Age portraits; Hudson River School landscapes; marine and maritime paintings, with a focus on works inspired by the War of 1812; and genre, history, and narrative subjects.

Thomas Buttersworth (English, 1758-1842), Escape of H.M.S. Belvidera from the U.S. Frigate President, ca. 1815, Oil on canvas, 16 x 22 in. (40.6 x 55.9 cm), Bequest of Irving S. Olds, 1963.58

Woven throughout the installation are a medley of artist portraits that traces American masters from Benjamin West’s London studio to the mid-nineteenth century ateliers of New York. Highlights include works by Gerardus Duyckinck, Charles Willson Peale, Gilbert Stuart, Benjamin West, Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, Thomas Birch, Thomas Buttersworth, William Sidney Mount, John F. Kensett, John Singer Sargent and Childe Hassam.

Return of the 69th (Irish) Regiment, N.Y.S.M. from the Seat of War

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Return of the 69th (Irish) Regiment, N.Y.S.M. from the Seat of War
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1862
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Oil on canvas
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New-York Historical Society, Gift of Louis Lang. Photo courtesy Williamstown Art Conservation Center, 2011
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1886.3
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Making American Taste: Gallery Tour 2

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Linda S. Ferber
Mon, 12/19/2011 - 11:00
Mon, December 19th, 2011 | 11:00 am

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In the nineteenth century, the place of the arts in a democracy was a hotly debated topic in the United States. The new exhibition Making American Taste: Narrative Art for a New Democracy integrates the broad range of styles and narrative themes — from history, literary and religious subjects to the more familiar rural and domestic genres — through which Americans were expected to attain cultural refinement. Join Senior Art Historian Linda S.

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Making American Taste: Gallery Tour 1

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Linda S. Ferber
Mon, 11/28/2011 - 11:00
Mon, November 28th, 2011 | 11:00 am

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In the 19th century, the place of the arts in a democracy was a hotly debated topic in the United States. The new exhibition Making American Taste: Narrative Art for a New Democracy integrates the broad range of styles and narrative themes — from history, literary and religious subjects to the more familiar rural and domestic genres — through which Americans were expected to attain cultural refinement. Join Senior Art Historian Linda S. Ferber for an intimate tour of the exhibition, featuring 55 works from the New-York Historical Society’s collection.

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The Luman Reed Gallery: A History Of Art Collecting In 19th-Century New York

March 01, 2005
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April 30, 2005

After a two-year hiatus, the art collection formed by Luman Reed, one of New York's pioneering 19th-century collectors, reclaimed its pride of place in the picture galleries on the second floor, just off Dexter Hall from March 2004 through April 2005. Thomas Cole's "The Course of Empire" and other works by the founder of the Hudson River School took center stage, along side seminal paintings by Asher Brown Durand, William Sidney Mount and George Whiting Flagg. Luman Reed's collection occupies a special place in the development of American art; in the history of taste, collecting, and patronage; as well as in the history of New York and the New-York Historical Society. The donation of the collection in 1858, together with the holdings of The New-York Gallery of the Fine Arts, transformed the Historical Society into New York City's premiere art museum in an era before the establishment of such museum giants as the Metropolitan and the Whitney. In addition to featuring Reed's collection, the exhibition also explored the history of New York art collecting in the nineteenth century, highlighting other important art patrons, including Thomas Jefferson Bryan and Robert L. Stuart, whose collections augment the painting holdings of the Historical Society.

Making American Taste: Narrative Art for a New Democracy

November 11, 2011
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September 09, 2012

Making American Taste features fifty-five works from the New-York Historical Society’s collection that cast new light on both the history of American art and the formation of American cultural ideals during a crucial period from the 1830s to the late 1860s. By integrating history, literary and religious subjects with now better-known examples of rural and domestic genre, the exhibition explores the broad range of styles and narrative themes that appealed to nineteenth-century Americans seeking cultural refinement.

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Louis Lang (1814–1893), Return of the 69th (Irish) Regiment, N.Y.S.M. from the Seat of War, 1862-1863. Oil on canvas. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Louis Lang, 1886.3. Photo courtesy Williamstown Art Conservation Center, 2011

The exhibition includes Louis Lang’s The Return of the 69th (Irish) Regiment, N.Y.S.M. from the Seat of War, a Civil War masterpiece rediscovered, as well as works by such canonical artists as Benjamin West, Asher B. Durand, William Sidney Mount and Eastman Johnson. Additionally, significant works by artists who were major figures in their own time, such as Daniel Huntington, Henry Peters Gray and T. H. Matteson, but who have been virtually ignored in current American art surveys, are also on exhibition. The reintegration of these "forgotten" works into the larger art-historical framework challenges the canon of current taste that has elevated genre to a privileged position at the expense of other narrative modes (including Stuart and Tudor, Shakespearean, and idealized subjects inspired by European masters). Together the works expand our understanding of the tastes of the nineteenth-century New Yorkers whose gifts formed the New-York Historical Society’s core collections.

A fully-illustrated publication authored by Barbara Dayer Gallati, Linda S. Ferber, Ella M. Foshay and Kimberly Orcutt and published by D. Giles Ltd in association with New-York Historical accompanies the exhibition.

Making American Taste Curriculum Guide

Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School

  

The exhibition and publication are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, the Walter and Lucille Rubin Foundation, Richard Gilder and Lois Chiles, the Joanne Witty & Eugene Keilin Fund at the New York Community Trust, the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, Larry K. Clark, the Barrie A. and Deedee Wigmore Foundation, J. Joe Ricketts, an anonymous donor, and many generous individuals.

Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School

September 21, 2012
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February 20, 2013

Please note the closing date has been changed from February 21
After a national tour, the forty-five iconic works, including Thomas Cole’s five-part series The Course of Empire and other masterworks by Cole, John F. Kensett, Albert Bierstadt, Jasper F. Cropsey, Asher B. Durand and others will once again be on display at the New-York Historical Society. This exhibition showcases the extraordinary depth and richness of the New-York Historical Society’s landscape collections, especially paintings by artists of the Hudson River School. Rising to eminence in New York during the mid-nineteenth century, this loosely knit group of artists, together with like-minded poets and writers, forged a self-consciously “American” landscape vision and literary voice. Both were grounded in the exploration of the natural world as a resource for spiritual renewal and as an expression of cultural and national identity. 

Thomas Cole (1801–1848), Catskill Creek, NY, 1845. Oil on canvas. New-York Historical Society, The Robert L. Stuart Collection, S-157

The Hudson River and the natural wonders along its banks had a long history of associations with earlier inhabitants, including Native Americans, the Dutch, and the British. Key battles of the American Revolution were fought along the river’s course. Such historical associations amid the evocative terrain of the Catskills, Adirondacks, and White Mountains enriched regional sites throughout the Hudson River Valley and New England, inspiring homegrown schools of painting and literature grounded in their scenery and history. After 1850 Hudson River School artists also sought inspiration further from home, enlisting their artistic vision the Arctic, and the Andes.

The paintings in the exhibition are organized around themes that illuminate the sites that drew both artists and travelers. Other themes investigate landscape imagery as a powerful narrative device that embodied ideas about nature and culture.

Related Press:

The Epoch TimesHudson River School Exhibit: Timeless Virtues of the 19th Century
Behind the Scenes: The Hudson River School and the Idea of Recreation
WBAI: Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School

Making American Taste: Narrative Art for a New Democracy

Making American Taste: Narrative Art for a New Democracy provides a new perspective on American art by approaching narrative subject matter through the lens of taste as it was defined roughly from 1825 to 1870, when debates over the role of American art addressed not just content, but the role art should take outside of the European tradition. By integrating history, literary and religious subjects with now better-known examples of rural and domestic genre, this exhibition introduces to modern audiences the broad range of styles and narrative themes which appealed to nineteenth-century Americans seeking cultural refinement.

 

William Sidney Mount (1807-1868), Bargaining for a Horse (Farmers Bargaining), 1835. Oil on canvas. New-York Historical Society, Gift of the New-York Gallery of the Fine Arts, 1858.59

The exhibition drawn from the New-York Historical Society’s collection of narrative art includes fifty-five works by such canonical artists as Benjamin West, Asher B. Durand, William Sidney Mount, and Eastman Johnson. Additionally, significant works will also be on exhibition by artists who were major figures in their own time (such as Daniel Huntington, Henry Peters Gray and T. H. Matteson), but who have been virtually ignored in current American art surveys. The reintegration of these “forgotten” works into the larger art-historical framework challenges the canon of taste that has elevated genre (i.e., scenes of everyday life) to a privileged position at the expense of other narrative modes (including Stuart and Tudor, Shakespearean, and idealized subjects inspired by European masters).

 

Tour Schedule

Venue Dates
Taft Museum of Art (Cincinnati, OH) September 20, 2013–January 12, 2014
Taubman Museum of Art (Roanoke, VA) February 22–May 19, 2014
HOLD October 2014 - January 2015
Frist Center for the Visual Arts (Nashville, TN) February 27–June 7, 2015
Westmoreland Museum of American Art (Greensburg, PA) December 20, 2015–March 13, 2016

 

Resources

A fully-illustrated publication published by D. Giles Ltd in association with New-York Historical accompanies the exhibition.

For more information, please e-mail travelingexhibitions@nyhistory.org

Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School

Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School features forty-five iconic works including Thomas Cole’s five-part series: The Course of Empire and other masterworks by Cole, John F. Kensett, Albert Bierstadt, Jasper F. Cropsey, Asher B. Durand and many others.

Thomas Cole (1801-1848), Catskill Creek, N.Y., 1845. Oil on canvas. The New-York Historical Society, The Robert L. Stuart Collection, S-157

Tour Schedule

Venue Dates
Fenimore Museum of Art (Cooperstown, NY) June 29, 2013-September 29, 2013
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) December 7, 2014 – June 7, 2015

 

 

Resources

". . . apart from the skillfulness and dreaminess of so many of the pictures, the fact that several of them have not been on public display in half a century makes the exhibition even more remarkable. This is New York as you have never seen it before" - Benjamin Genocchio, the New York Times.

A richly illustrated survey of the New-York Historical Society's landscape collection, The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision (2009), accompanies this exhibition.

For more information, please e-mail travelingexhibitions@nyhistory.org

The Hudson River to Niagara Falls: Nineteenth-century American Landscape Paintings from the New-York Historical Society

Drawn from the treasures of the New-York Historical Society’s permanent collection, Hudson River Masterpieces showcases nineteenth-century landscape paintings by the artists of the Hudson River School. The exhibition includes celebrated works by Thomas Cole and Asher B. Durand, founders of the American landscape school. Other featured artists include: John Frederick Kensett, Jasper Francis Cropsey, Francis Augustus Silva, Sanford Robinson Gifford, John W. Casilear, Jervis McEntee, William T. Richards and William L. Sonntag.

Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823-1900), Greenwood Lake, New Jersey, 1871. Oil on canvas. New-York Historical Society, The Robert L. Stuart Collection, S-156

Tour Schedule

Venue Dates
The Phillips Museum of Art (Lancaster, PA) September 13, 2013 – December 15, 2013

 

 

Resources

A richly illustrated survey of the New-York Historical Society's landscape collection, The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision (2009), accompanies this exhibition.

For more information, please e-mail travelingexhibitions@nyhistory.org

 

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