Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) will present Thomas Cole: The Artist as Architect November 18, 2016 through February 12, 2017. This is the first exhibition to focus on the little-known fact that the renowned leader of the Hudson River School of American landscape painting realized three buildings and had plans for others before his untimely death. The exhibition also commemorates the recreation of Thomas Cole’s studio and includes paintings that reveal Cole’s architectural proclivity, drawings that document his recurrent focus on architectural structures, and elevations and floor plans for his built and visionary projects.
The Hudson River School of art, which Thomas Cole founded, dominated American visual arts between 1825 and about 1870 and helped to stimulate interest in environmental preservation, ultimately laying the groundwork for the establishment of the national park system. Hudson River School landscape art continues to influence contemporary artists. However, few people realize that Cole designed buildings. One of Cole’s notable architectural achievements is his design for the Ohio State Capitol and the exhibition will include drawings made by Cole of the Ohio State Capitol, among other things.
On Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at 2:00 pm, Robert Loversidge and Bill Heyer will give a presentation, titled: “Greek Revival Architecture in Columbus and the Design of the Ohio Statehouse.” Cost of the program is $20 for nonmembers (includes general admission) and $5 for members. To register, call 614.629.0359.
The following Wednesday (January 18) also at 2:00 pm, Robert Loversidge will give another presentation, titled, “Ohio Statehouse Renovation and Revelations.”
We hope to see you there!