The Thomas Cole National Historic Site has announced the inaugural art exhibition to be held in its "New Studio" building: Thomas Cole: The Artist as Architect.
The New Studio, designed by Cole in the 1840s, has been reconstructed and now offers state-of-the-art, museum-quality, exhibition space for the first time curated by noted scholar Annette Blaugrund, the exhibition focuses on Cole’s little known architectural endeavors and includes paintings from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Columbus Museum of Art, and Toledo Museum of Art, among others.
The exhibition and the accompanying book focus on Cole’s architectural interests through architectural elements in his paintings and drawings as well as in both his realized and visionary projects, expanding our understanding of the breadth of his talents and interests. The exhibition includes 26 paintings and drawings, as well as a scale model, two of the artist’s books about architecture, and primary source documents. The central work of the exhibition is Cole's 1840 painting "The Architect's Dream," depicting the artist overlooking a panorama of architectural styles. Accompanying the exhibition will be a new hardcover book of the same title to be published and released on April 19, 2016 by The Monacelli Press. The exhibition runs from May 1 through October 30 at The Thomas Cole National Historic Site and will travel to The Columbus Museum of Art, where it will be on view from November 18 through February 12, 2017.
Thomas Cole: The Artist as Architect
May 1 - October 30, 2016
The Thomas Cole National Historic Site
218 Spring Street, Catskill, NY