GREENWICH, Conn. -- Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser, a curator from the Hudson River School will come out to speak at Greenwich Historical Society on Thursday, March 3. She is the Alice Pratt Brown Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In the first half of the 19th century, a group of like-minded painters, poets and writers working in New York developed a distinctive vision of the American landscape that came to be known as the Hudson River School.
Kornhauser will discuss Thomas Cole's work -- landscape scenes from the Hudson River to Yosemite Valley, as well as scenes from the Arctic and South America -- and how these powerful landscape interpretations shaped our national and cultural identity and how they demonstrated an early awareness of the value of preserving natural sites for future generations.
Characterized as one of the foremost experts in American art, Kornhauser oversees the American paintings collection and participated in its 2012 reinstallation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She co-curated the Met's Thomas Hart Benton's "America Today Mural Rediscovered," "Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends," and "George Caleb Bingham and the River."
Admission is $15 for members, $20 for non-members, and free for teachers, students and Patron-level members. Reservations are required: click here or call for 203-869-6899, ext. 10.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with light refreshments. The lecture will begin at 7 p.m., with a Q&A session to follow. The Greenwich Historical Society, Vanderbilt Education Center, is located at 39 Strickland Rd., in Cos Cob.
The program is underwritten by Wells Fargo Advisors Wealth and Investment Management; Sally Reagan, financial advisor; and Marie Williams, vice president of investments. "It is the first of a series created in memory of the late David R.A. Wierdsma, and its purpose to explore the infinitely beautiful possibilities that unfold when art and history meet nature," according to a new release.
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