Coming Soon to the Thomas Cole National Historic Site: Sanford R. Gifford in the Catskills

  |  March 1, 2017

A Ledge on South Mountain, in the Catskills by Sanford R. Gibbon. Via

A Hudson River School artist’s work returns from the land from whence it came this coming spring, when the Thomas Cole Historic Site in the village of Catskill, Greene County hosts the exhibit Sanford R. Gifford in the Catskills, opening May 2, 2017 and closing October 29, according to Opening lecture is April 30.

Landscape artist Gifford (1823-1880) spent his childhood in the Columbia County city of Hudson, and his numerous trips abroad and around the Hudson Valley and Catskills became the subjects of his work. Contemporaries include Thomas Cole and Frederick Church, whose homestead/historic site, Olana, is situated across the river from Cole’s site. The exhibit of Gifford’s work will include 20 pieces on loan from institutions like Harvard University Art Museums and Yale University Art Gallery as well as private collections.

At the same time in May of this year, the Thomas Cole site will be re-opening with a “new immersive installation combining technology and meticulous historic restoration,” according to a recent press release from the Thomas Cole National Historic Site.

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