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Exhibition: Thomas Cole’s Refrain: Paintings of Catskill Creek

On view at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site from May 4-November 3, 2019

Preview Party: Saturday, April 27, 4-6 pm

The New Studio (part of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site)


The exhibition illuminates masterpieces from major museums and private collections, and explores the deeper meanings of Cole’s Catskill Creek paintings, considered as an integral series for the first time. Thomas Cole’s Refrain is based on a new book of the same title, published by Cornell University Press, authored by the exhibition’s curator, H. Daniel Peck, John Guy Vassar, Jr., Professor Emeritus of English at Vassar College.


The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is an international destination presenting the original home and studios of Thomas Cole, the founder of the Hudson River School of painting, the nation’s first major art movement. Located on 6 acres in the Hudson Valley, the site includes the 1815 Main House; Cole’s 1839 Old Studio; the recently reconstructed New Studio building; and panoramic views of the Catskill Mountains. It is a National Historic Landmark and an affiliated area of the National Park System. The Thomas Cole Site’s activities include guided and self-guided tours, special exhibitions of both 19th-century and contemporary art, printed publications, lectures, extensive online programs, activities for school groups, the Cole Fellowship program, free community events, and innovative public programs such as the Hudson River School Art Trail—a map and website that enables people to visit the places in nature that Cole painted. The goal of all programs at the Thomas Cole Site is to enable visitors to find meaning and inspiration in Thomas Cole’s life and work. The themes that Cole explored in his art and writings—such as landscape preservation and our conception of nature as a restorative power—are both historic and timely, providing the opportunity to connect to audiences with insights that are highly relevant to their own lives.