A "Wild, Unsettled Country": Early Reflections of the Adirondacks

Untitled: Ausable River, ca.  1869, Samuel Colman.  Adirondack Museum.
Untitled: Ausable River, ca. 1869, Samuel Colman. Adirondack Museum.

The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, New York, is showcasing more than forty paintings from the museum's exceptional collection, including works by Thomas Cole, John Frederick Kensett, William Havell, and James David Smillie.

The exhibition "Wild, Unsettled Country" features paintings, maps, prints, and photographs that illustrate the untamed Adirondack wilderness discovered by early artists, cartographers, and photographers.

Also featured in the exhibition, through October 18, 2010, are fifty of the engravings and lithographs of Adirondack landscape paintings that brought these images to a wider audience and provided many Americans with their first glimpse of the "howling wilds" that were the Adirondack Mountains.

A dozen rare and significant maps from the collection of the museum's research library demonstrate the growth of knowledge about the Adirondacks. These include the "1704 Edition of Lahontan's Voyages" by the Baron Louis-Armand de Lom d'Arce Lahontan and the "Chronological Map of the Province of New York in North America Divided into Counties, Manors, and Townships . . ." by Claude Joseph Sauthier, 1779.

"A 'Wild Unsettled Country'" will feature photographs sold as tourist souvenirs and to "armchair travelers." The first photographic landscape studies made in the Adirondacks by William James Stillman in 1859 have never been exhibited before. Photos by Seneca Ray Stoddard will also be included.

The exhibit will include special labels and text just for kids in addition to the traditional presentation.

More News Feed Headlines

Painting of the Potocki Palace in Kraków by the 19th-century Polish countess Julia Potocka.  Photograph: Polish Government

Son of Nazi Governor Returns Looted Artworks to Poland

  • February 27, 2017 20:24

Horst Wächter, the 78-year-old son of a notorious SS general, has returned artworks taken decades ...

Read More

Andrea Rosen

Andrea Rosen Closes Her New York Gallery, Cites Need to be 'Responsive to Our Times'

  • February 22, 2017 17:16

Gallerist Andrea Rosen surprised the New York art world with an announcement on Tuesday that she ...

Read More

Joshua Tree National Park

Desert X Installs Site-Specific Artworks to Discover in California's Coachella Valley

  • February 22, 2017 17:01

An exciting new art project of the Desert Biennial, a nonprofit steering committee and charitable ...

Read More

Eric I.  Spoutz lecturing at a museum in Los Angeles in 2012

Art Dealer Eric Spoutz Sentenced to 41 Months in Prison for Fraud

  • February 20, 2017 17:06

Michigan art dealer Eric Spoutz has been sentenced to 41 months in prison for wire fraud charges ...

Read More

Related Press Releases

Related Events from ArtfixDaily Calendar

 

ArtfixDaily Artwire