- Where: Crystal Bridges, 600 Museum Way, Bentonville, AR
- Cost: Free - $5
- Age limit: Not available
- Ongoing: Until Monday, September 3, 2012
Painters of the so-called Hudson River School in the mid-19th century became known for their romantic work celebrating the American landscape. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art will present a special exhibition of 45 masterworks by Hudson River School artists on loan from the New-York Historical Society, opening May 5 and on view through September 3, 2012.
The exhibit, titled The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision, will be presented in the galleries currently occupied by Wonder World, an exhibition featuring contemporary works from the museum’s permanent collection, which will close April 2. 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.
“We are delighted with this unique opportunity to present such a distinguished and important collection for our Members and guests,” said Don Bacigalupi, Crystal Bridges executive director. “The Hudson River School celebrates the landscapes around them in these spectacular works, creating a milestone American movement that we also sought to highlight in the Museum’s own permanent collection. This exhibition is the perfect complement.”
The New-York Historical Society organized the exhibition with works selected from their rich collections of 19th-century American landscape painting. The exhibition was designed to travel while the society’s galleries were closed during renovations, offering an unprecedented opportunity to share works that have rarely traveled. The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision includes Thomas Cole’s legendary 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. This exhibition at Crystal Bridges will be the last time these works are on display outside of the New-York Historical Society. The New-York Historical Society reopened, coincidentally, on the same date Crystal Bridges opened: 11-11-11.
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.
"The New-York Historical Society houses one of the oldest and most comprehensive collections of landscape paintings by artists of the Hudson River School. We welcome this unique opportunity to share these treasures with a national audience," Ferber said.
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.
September 3, 2012 – Last day to view exhibition.
Starting in April, tickets may be reserved or purchased at crystalbridges.org or by contacting 479-418-5700. Tickets are $5 for non-members over the age of 18.
Posted March 6, 2012 and Last updated May 15, 2012