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Wild Land: Thomas Cole Traveling Exhibit

Portrait of Thomas ColeRolling Hills Library will be hosting the traveling exhibition, Wild Land: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Landscape Painting from April 10, 2014 to May 21, 2014 in the Belt Branch Library Annex. Normal exhibit hours will be Wednesday through Saturday, 1pm to 6pm, and Sundays, 1pm to 5pm. The exhibit will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Additional times are available by appointment-- call the library at 816-232-5479 x2404 to schedule a showing.

The Wild Land brochure accompanying the exhibit tells of Cole's importance to the history of American art:

"The opening of the Erie Canal in October 1825 marked a critical milestone in America's mastery of its wildness. By linking New York City to the Great Lakes of the Midwest, the canal fostered the growth of frontier urban outposts, such as, Detroit and Chicago. At just about this moment, a native tourism industry began to bloom, facilitated by overland transportation, such as, the steamboat and (soon) the railroad.Painting: The Clove, Catskills by Thomas Cole 1827"
"Thomas Cole's timing was perfect. Artists such as Cole both manifested and drove the new public taste... He was from England where landscapes had been widely celebrated in art and literature since the late 1700s. And there on the American frontier, he transferred his affection for the Lancashire countryside to the vaster and more feral landscape of the Midwest."
-- Thomas Cole, "Essay on American Scenery," 1836Painting by Thomas Cole: Falls of the Kaaterskill

Along with the regular exhibit times, the library will host a series of related programs:

  • Thursday, April 10 at 7pm: "Thomas Cole and His Wilderness" by Dr. Allison Sauls, associate professor of art history, MWSU.
  • Saturday, April 19 at 1pm: "American Landscape Artists from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art" by Dr. Stephanie Knappe, associate curator of American art, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
  • Saturday, May 3 at 1pm: "Hidden Political Messages in the Landscape Paintings of Thomas Cole and George Caleb Bingham" by Dr. Joan Stack, curator of art collections, State Historical Society of Missouri.
  • Thursday, May 8 at 7pm: "Landscape Photography Tips by Master Photographers" by Rebecca Foley, assistant professor of art, photography, MWSU.
The library also has several books available about Cole and the Hudson River school. Try The Life and Works of Thomas Cole by Louis Noble for more background on the artist or Intimate Friends by Ella Foshay which includes Cole's contemporaries: Asher Durand and William Cullen Bryant.
This exhibition has been made possible through NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It has been adapted and is being toured by Mid-America Arts Alliance. Wild Land: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Landscape Painting was organized by the Thomas Cole National Historic Site/Cedar Grove, Catskill, New York.

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The library offers over 60 popular titles including Food Network, Macworld, National Geographic, Newsweek, and Rolling Stone. Some of the magazines, such as Newsweek, are only available from the library digitally. Access the Zinio Magazine Service here!

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