No. 348: Holiday clips: “Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire”

Episode No. 348 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast is a holiday weekend clips episode with curator Betsy Kornhauser.

Along with Tim Barringer, Kornhauser  is the co-curator of “Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire,” which is at the National Gallery in London through October 7. (The re-titled exhibition debuted at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in January as “Thomas Cole’s Journey: Atlantic Crossings.”) Barringer and Kornhauser’s show examines Cole’s origins in the north of England during the Industrial Revolution and the impact Britain and Cole’s travels through England and Italy had on his American career. It is the first time Cole’s work has been examined in the context of his European experiences, and aims to present Cole as not just an American figure, but as a trans-Atlantic figure. The outstanding exhibition catalogue, one of the best of 2018, was published by the Met and is distributed by Yale University Press. Amazon offers it for $65.

Bonus: For the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s website, MAN Podcast host and author/historian Tyler Green wrote about how the combination of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1836 book-cum-essay Nature and Cole’s landmark 1836 View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm—The Oxbow were the key instigators of American conservation.

For images of art discussed on this week’s program, see Episode No. 326.

Air date: July 5, 2018.

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