The ground-breaking exhibition “OVERLOOK: Teresita Fernández Confronts Frederic Church at Olana” is an innovative collaboration between The Olana Partnership and the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros [CPPC], where artist Teresita Fernández examines Frederic Church and his contemporaries’ response to the cultures and landscapes they experienced during their 19th century Latin American travels. Visitors to Olana will have the opportunity to explore Fernández’s perspective and respond to her provocative installation in Olana’s Sharp Family Gallery. In addition, the interactive sculpture Penetrable by the late Venezuelan artist Jesús Rafael Soto – a popular iconic work on loan from the CPPC that is coming directly to Olana from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art – will be installed on one of the most prominent scenic viewpoints in Olana’s designed landscape for the duration of the exhibition.
Working with Guest Curator Sara Meadows, Teresita Fernández incorporates her own new work in a site-specific installation with elements from the collections of Olana State Historic Site and the renowned Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. Combining portraits of indigenous people, dramatic horizon lines, and botanical representations of the natural world, Fernández presents the works through a contemporary lens that prioritizes the individual within the landscape. The artists in the exhibition interpreted their Latin American travels in a range of styles and attitudes. Fernández seeks to respond to their interpretations and biases through a conversation about a deeper sense of these varied American cultures, contesting the iconic view of the “American Landscape” painting tradition constructed by Church and his peers that often omitted or erased other narratives and figures.
OVERLOOK is the largest loan exhibition The Olana Partnership has ever undertaken and includes fifty-five works from the CPPC. The Traveler Artists included in this exhibition are Frederic Church, Martin Johnson Heade, Fritz Melbye, Marianne North, Auguste Morisot, José María Velasco, Alessandro Ciccareli, Frans Jansz Post, Norton Bush, R.N. Captain Seymour, Anton Goering and Robert Ker Porter. Four works from the Olana collection will be on view for the first time, including three by Fritz Melbye, who completed one work during a Latin American trip with Frederic Church. Another work is attributed to Marianne North, a close friend of Frederic Church and the artist who inspired Fernández’s installation during her first visit to Olana. Ms. Fernández created 18 new works specifically for this installation at Olana. In addition, five masterworks on loan from the CPPC will be on view throughout Olana’s main house.
OVERLOOK will also feature a signature work from CPPC’s Modern art collection. After traveling throughout the Americas and coming directly to Olana after a long-term run at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Penetrable by Jesús Rafael Soto will be sited outdoors in Olana’s designed historic landscape. This marks the first time Soto’s immensely popular interactive sculpture will be experienced by the public in a naturalistic setting, and it’s the first time it will be seen on the East Coast.
OVERLOOK: Teresita Fernández Confronts Frederic Church at Olana
May 15 - November 5, 2017
The Sharp Family Gallery, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson
For more information please visit: www.olana.org/overlook