Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment

The exhibition Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment [working title] was co-curated by The Olana Partnership at Olana State Historic Site, Thomas Cole National Historical Site, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Its tour is organized by Crystal Bridges. This interdisciplinary project takes flight from the influential series of paintings The Gems of Brazil (1863-64) by Martin Johnson Heade, but expands outward to explore pollination in nature and ecology, cultural and artistic influence and exchange, and the interconnection between art and science extending from the nineteenth into the twenty-first century. Paintings, sketches, and natural history specimens from the collections of Thomas Cole National Historical Site, The Olana Partnership, and Crystal Bridges form the core of the checklist.

Heade’s The Gems of Brazil will be shown in conversation with the artworks by Thomas Cole and Frederic Church, along with their natural specimen collections. Additionally, the exhibition will highlight artworks by Cole’s daughter Emily Cole, Church’s daughter Isabel Charlotte Church, and works by contemporary artists, including Vik Muniz, Roxy Paine, Maya Lin, and Paula Hayes, among others.

Organizer: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

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Tour Schedule:
May 17, 2020 – November 1, 2020
The Olana Partnership at the Olana State Historic Site (Hudson, NY) and Thomas Cole National Historic Site (Catskill, NY)

November 24, 2020 – February 8, 2021
Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens (Jacksonville, FL)

March 7, 2021 – May 23, 2021
Reynolda House Museum of American Art (Winston-Salem, NC)

TBA
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, AR)

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