Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church and Our Contemporary Moment

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 to Sunday, January 17, 2021

Cross Pollination takes flight from the influential series of paintings, The Gems of Brazil (1863-64) by Martin Johnson Heade, but expands outward to explore polination in nature and ecology, cultural and artistic influence and exchange, and the interconnection between art and science, extending from the 19th century to now. The exhibition itself was developed collaboratively by the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, The Olana Partnership at the Olana State Historic Site, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and draws from core work in each of their collections. Sixteen of Heade's paintings from The Gems of Brazil currently in the collection of Crystal Bridges Museum are presented in conversation not only with works by fellow artists Thomas Cole and Frederic Church but also with artwork by their daughters, Emily Cole and Isabel Charlotte Church, as well as by major artists working today. This exhibition is a collaboration between Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Thomas Cole National Historical Site, and the Olana Partnership at Olana State Historic Site. The exhibition is organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Support for this exhibition and its national tour is provided by Art Bridges. Additional major support has been provided by the Henry Luce Foundation.


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Special thanks to Art Bridges