CATSKILL — The Thomas Cole National Historic Sites announced the 16th annual Sunday Salons lecture series, bringing leaders in American art to Thomas Cole’s New Studio in Catskill, once a month from January through April. This season features some of today’s top scholars discussing their game-changing new projects and inviting audience discussions. The talks will be held once a month at 2 p.m. Sundays and will be followed by audience discussions. Tickets for the Sunday Salons can be reserved at thomascole.org/events. Tickets are $10 for members and $12 for general admission.
The Thomas Cole Site will offer guided tours of the 1815 Main House and 1839 Old Studio during the winter season in conjunction with the Sunday Salons programming. See the schedule for details. The Main House includes The Parlors, technology-driven story telling installations, and Mind Upon Nature: Thomas Cole’s Creative Process, an exhibition featuring original works by Thomas Cole. Guided tour tickets are $12 for general admission and free for members. Both members and non-members must reserve tour tickets in advance at thomascole.org/events.
Jan. 20, 2 p.m. New Discoveries: Thomas Cole and Industrial Design, Jean Dunbar, Historic Design Inc. Join design historian and historic interiors expert Jean Dunbar for the unveiling of a new discovery at Thomas Cole’s home inspired by Cole’s first love, English design.
Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. Evolving Visions and Voices in The Met’s American Wing, Sylvia Yount, Lawrence A. Fleischman Curator in Charge of the American Wing, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Join Dr. Sylvia Yount, Lawrence A. Fleischman Curator in Charge, for a discussion of how the American Wing, founded in 1924 for the display and study of historical American decorative arts, is expanding its collecting focus and gallery narratives to create a more pluralistic experience for 21st-century audiences.
March 3 at 2 p.m. Directionality in the Art of Thomas Cole: An Ecocritical Perspective, Alan C. Braddock, Ralph H. Wark Associate Professor of Art History & American Studies, College of William & Mary, Co-curator of Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment at Princeton University. Join Dr. Alan C. Braddock, Ralph H. Wark Associate Professor of Art History & American Studies, on an exploration of directionality of vision and movement in the art of Thomas Cole.
April 7 at 2 p.m. Catskill Creek and the Science of Landscape, Jeanne Haffner, Associate Curator of Hudson Rising exhibition at the New York Historical Society. Join Dr. Haffner, Associate Curator of Hudson Rising and previous Lecturer at Harvard University, as she considers contemporary debates over Anthropocene—the idea that humankind is not separate from nature but a force of nature in itself — and Cole’s paintings of Catskill Creek from the 19th century. Guided Tours of the historic Main House, Winter Schedule: Jan. 20 at 1 and 3:30 p.m.; Feb. 10 at 1 and 3:30 p.m.; Every Saturday and Sunday in March at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. There will be an additional tour at 3:30 p.m. on March 3.