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Olana
Sarah LaDuke

The Olana Partnership, in collaboration with The Ancram Opera House, will present Performing Olana, an original play throughout the Olana landscape, on Friday, September 22 through Sunday, September 24. 

Performing Olana has been written by nationally recognized playwright and TV writer, Darrah Cloud and co-directed by the Ancram Opera House creatives Jeffrey Mousseau and Paul Ricciardi along with The Olana Partnership’s Director of Education Amy Hufnagel. The three theater artists have been working for months to design an immersive, promenade style theater production to be delivered in the landscape at Olana while the audience follows the story through the historic site. 

It is a play that takes the interpretation of Olana to another level- both in terms of costumed “interpretation” but also in the untold and imagined stories between the lines of letters and journals in the Church archive.

We welcome Paul Ricciardi, Co-Director of The Ancram Opera House. Playwright Darrah Cloud, and Amy Hufnagel, Director of Education for The Olana Partnership. 

Teresit Fernandez "Overlook" at Olana
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The new exhibition Overlook: Teresita Fernández Confronts Frederic Church at Olana A collaboration with the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros is now open at Olana State Historic Site. In the exhibition, artist Teresita Fernández examines Frederic Church and his contemporaries’ response to the cultures and landscapes they experienced during their 19th century Latin American travels.

Visitors will have the opportunity to explore Fernández’s perspective and respond to her provocative installation in Olana’s Sharp Family Gallery. Combining portraits of indigenous people, dramatic horizon lines, and botanical representations of the natural world, Fernández presents the works through a contemporary lens that prioritizes the individual within the landscape.

Teresita Fernández is best known for her prominent public sculptures and unconventional use of materials. Her work is characterized by an interest in perception and the psychology of looking.

The Olana Partnership, in collaboration with the New York chapters of the American Institute of Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects presents Follies, Function & Form: Imagining Olana’s Summer House. The design exhibition unites 21 visionary architects and landscape architects to address one of the great mysteries at Olana: the summer house.

In the 1886 “Plan of Olana,” a detailed blueprint of Frederic Church’s vision for his large-scale designed landscape, the plan’s details are largely accurate, yet it contains a structure labeled “Summer House” for which there is no documentary evidence.

The 21 designers have imagined Olana’s summer house and have each created one concept sketch of this structure and its environs, much in the way Frederic Church sketched to convey design and architectural ideas.

To tell us more – we welcome Mark Prezorski, Landscape Curator of the Olana Partnership. And we also meet architect Joan Krevlin who has been a partner at BKSK Architects since 1992 and Laurie Olin is a practicing landscape architect whose many award-winning projects include Bryant Park in New York, the Getty Center in Los Angeles, and the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia.

  The Olana Partnership is presenting an illustrated lecture and book signing with acclaimed author Andrea Wulf at Hudson High School on Saturday, April 9 at 4pm. The event will be Wulf’s first East Coast stop on her United States and UK tour.

The Invention of Nature is Andrea Wulf’s newest her award winning biography that reveals the extraordinary life of the visionary German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt and how he created the way we understand nature today.

Perceiving nature as an interconnected global force, he turned scientific observation into poetic narrative, and inspired Frederic Church on numerous levels. Andrea Wulf joins us to talk about the book and her upcoming event.

  The Olana Partnership’s much-anticipated summer party returns to the Hudson Valley on Saturday, August 8 from 5-8pm. This year’s theme “Icebergs in August” celebrates Frederic Church’s epic 1859 voyage to Newfoundland and Labrador and will offer guests an evening of ice, art and arctic inspired hors d’oeuvres.

Church’s Olana will appear behind an immense iceberg created for the evening by ice artist Sean Taylor of Capital City Carvers.

To tell us more we welcome - Sean Sawyer, President of The Olana Partnership; Christine Jones, Board Member and Co-Chair of the Event and Chef Brian Alberg from the Red Lion Inn.

  The Thomas Cole National Historic Site and The Olana Partnership/Olana State Historic Site announced today that they will co-host a landmark exhibition of contemporary art to highlight the pivotal role that the two historic properties – and the artists who lived and worked there – played in shaping America’s culture of contemporary art. The exhibition – “River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home” – will open on May 3rd and run through November 1st.

  The exhibition is curated by Stephen Hannock, the celebrated painter, and Jason Rosenfeld, PhD, the art historian who recently curated two enormously popular exhibitions at Tate Britain in London and the National Gallery in Washington, DC.

Here to tell us more are Betsy Jacks, Director of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Mark Prezorski, Landscape Curator at Olana.

Creating Landscapes in the Landscape, the Third Annual Plein Air Painting event hosted in collaboration by The Olana Partnership and the Columbia County Council on the Arts will take place at the Olana State Historic Site Thursday, October 16th through Saturday, October 18th.

Groundswell At Olana

Sep 9, 2014

  Hudson River School painter Frederic Church designed Olana in Hudson, NY - his family home, studio, and estate as an integrated environment embracing architecture, art, landscape, and conservation ideals. Considered one of the most important artistic residences in the United States, Olana is a 250-acre artist- designed landscape with a Persian-inspired house at its summit, embracing unrivaled panoramic views of the vast Hudson Valley.

This weekend, The Olana Partnership and Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM co-present a new iteration of their award-winning exhibition event Groundswell. It’s a site- specific performance and works and in sound, installation, broadcast, and movement. Over a dozen artists will reflect on and react to Olana and its integral viewshed as an ambitious and early environmental work.

"All The Raj" At Olana

May 9, 2014

    

  All the Raj - Frederic Church and Lockwood de Forest; Painting, Decorating and Collecting at Olana, is a new exhibition featuring oil sketches and decorative arts by landscape painter and 19th century tastemaker Lockwood de Forest. The exhibition will open at Olana, the historic home and studio of Frederic Church in Hudson, NY this Sunday May 11.

Lockwood de Forest studied painting with his great-uncle the eminent landscape artist Frederic Church in the 1870s; the exhibition will begin by highlighting sketches showing that the two artists worked side by side at Olana. At that time, Church was busy designing and building the main house, and the young de Forest watched Church draw inspiration from books on Persian and other exotic architecture.

Here to tell us more are Olana Curator, Evelyn Trebilcock and Dr. Roberta Mayer – a premier authority on de Forest, Dr. Mayer is an art historian and professor at Bucks County Community College.

    

  Thomas Cole was the founder of The Hudson River School of painting – the mid-19th century American art movement of landscape paintings with an aesthetic vision influenced by romanticism.

The Thomas Cole Historic Site in Catskill, NY has a new exhibition entitled Master, Mentor, Master: Thomas Cole & Frederic Church which is on view now and will be until November 2nd 2014. They are also running a capital campaign is to bring back one of the few known architectural creations of Thomas Cole – his New Studio.

Here to tell us more are Betsy Jacks, ‎Director at Thomas Cole Historic Site and Kate Menconari, the site’s curator.

A New York State Supreme Court decision has upheld the right of two Hudson Valley groups to challenge a town planning board’s decision about a proposed telecommunications tower in Columbia County.

Two Groups Challenge Communications Tower Approval

Aug 20, 2013
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Two nonprofit groups have mounted a legal challenge to overturn approval for one cell tower that would replace two towers in Columbia County. They say the tower’s design would compromise views from an historic site.

Olana is the 250-acre home of Frederick Edwin Church, the famous landscape painter of the 19th century and the master of America's first school of painting, the Hudson River School.

The beautiful Persian style estate is situated outside of Hudson, NY.

"Maine Sublime: Frederic Edwin Church's Landscapes of Mount Desert and Mount Katahdin" is a new exhibition currently on display at Olana. The show includes 10 oil and 13 pencil sketches from the Olana collection that celebrate the glories of Maine scenery. Many are on public view for the first time.

Sara Griffen, Director of the Olana Partnership and Evelyn Trebilcock, Curator at Olana join us to tell us more.