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Sun 19 Nov
SPECTACLE: Frederic Church and the Business of Art
Sunday, November 19, 2023 until Sunday, March 31, 2024
Olana State Historic Site
Frederic Church's The Heart of the Andes was the pinnacle of his critical and popular success as America's preeminent landscape artist and now holds center court at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art's American Wing. Spectacle: Frederic Church and the Business of Art combines immersive video technology with the wealth of Olana State Historic Site's archival holdings to demonstrate how Church's art responded to the most advanced scientific thought of his day and reached a broad public audience, the largest of any 19th-century American artist. In doing so, this special exhibition responds to two of Olana's most frequently asked questions: how did people experience Frederic Church's major paintings and how did an artist make enough money to create Olana? To learn more visit,
Thu 21 Mar
Thursday, March 21, 2024 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Olana's Free Community Day at Olana State Historic Site, the Third Thursday of every month, organized by The Olana Partnership. Dia Comunitario Gratuito al Sitio Estatal Histórico Olana cada tercer jueves del mes, organizado por La Asociación Olana. LEARN MORE.
Thu 21 Mar
Lunch & Learn: The Women of Olana
Thursday, March 21, 2024 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Do the names Isabel and Downie ring a bell? Bring a bag lunch and join Allegra Davis, Associate Curator, for a look into some of the women who called Olana home. This FREE talk in honor of women's history month will explore the untold histories of Olana's female residents, their social circles, and these women's artistic contributions. Drop-in program; FREE; meet at the Wagon House Education Center. Light refreshments will be provided. LEARN MORE.
Thu 21 Mar
Pop Up Printmaking
Thursday, March 21, 2024 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Ever wondered how Frederic Church spread the word about his famous works of art? Explore themes of art and advertisement by experimenting with technologies used for popular print in the late 1800s, such as letterpress, engraving, woodcut, and lithography. Make your own poster or nature print and take away a special letterpress commemorating the event. Learn more about the history of printmaking from a special resource library of books, objects, and source images. Led by teaching artists Meghan Forbes and Joana O Leary. Drop-in artmaking program; FREE. All materials provided. Located in the Wagon House Education Center. LEARN MORE.
Sat 23 Mar
Artmaking in the Afternoon
Saturday, March 23, 2024 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Inspired by your time at Olana State Historic Site? Join The Olana Partnership educators for hands-on artmaking using professional materials and a series of prompts to get your creativity flowing. Drop in program; FREE. All materials provided. Located in the Wagon House Education Center.
Sun 31 Mar
Re-Presenting Landscape: the Paintings of Lydia Rubio
Sunday, March 31, 2024 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
How can landscape painting serve as a source of refuge and self-reflection in today's challenging world? During this virtual webinar, Cuban artist Lydia Rubio will discuss how her work reinterprets the notion of "landscape," taking inspiration from Frederic Church and members of the "Hudson River School". Much like Church himself, Rubio's paintings take inspiration from her travels as well as the landscape and ecology of the Hudson River and are deeply informed by her interest in philosophy, geometry, and Latin American culture. Following a brief presentation of Rubio's work, Cuban-American writer, poet, and scholar Enrico Santí, will lead a moderated dialogue with the artist. Register.