Historic Hudson Valley will present a lecture by Jennifer C. Krieger, Founder and Managing Partner of Hawthorne Fine Art, LLC titled Women of the Hudson River School. As the co-curator of the groundbreaking exhibition, Remember the Ladies, on view last year at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Ms. Krieger will be speaking on the oft-overlooked women landscape artists of the movement spanning 1825-1875. The lecture will take place TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2011, 7:30pm, at Historic Hudson Valley’s new headquarters in Pocantico Hills (639 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY 10591).
In conjunction with Historic Hudson Valley’s mission to present each location and its historical significance in context, Women of the Hudson River School will discuss specific sites of historic Hudson preserve as well as the paintings they inspired. Works such as Hudson Valley at Croton Point from 1869 by Julie Hart Beers (1835-1913) will be examined alongside architectural features found along the majestic Hudson’s shores. Looking specifically to the work of women artists, Ms. Krieger will examine the physical and lifestyle accomplishments of female painters in pioneering an exploration of the outdoors and acquiring their subject matter directly from the landscape.
Ms. Krieger is greatly looking forward to her talk at Historic Hudson Valley, “I could not think of a more fitting context in which to discuss the contributions of women artists to the Hudson River School movement. With this lecture, I look forward to exploring the involvement of women in the aesthetic dialogue of the day by examining their paintings against the backdrop of antebellum landscape architecture in the Hudson River Valley.”
The lecture helps celebrate the opening of Historic Hudson Valley’s new headquarters. This past June, Historic Hudson Valley moved to a brand-new, purpose-built headquarters in the heart of Pocantico Hills. This marks the first time in its history that the organization, which is known for its meticulous preservation of historic structures and landscapes, has had its own building (rather than a rented space) for centralized functions such as curatorial, marketing, and administration. More significantly, the new space allows the research library to be more accessible to scholars of Hudson Valley history and culture. As well, large assembly rooms will allow for lectures and programs such as this one.
This is a free event, but reservations are needed. Call 914-631-8200. For further information please visit the event’s website, http://www.hudsonvalley.org/events/women-hudson-river-school.