Traveling Talks: The Science Behind the Traveler Artist

May 27, 2017

Attributed to Marianne North, Study of Pelican Flower, Aristolochia grandiflora (c. 1872). Oil on unstretched canvas. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson, NY; Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Olana Wagon House Education Center
5720 Route 9G Hudson, NY 12534

Lloyd Ackert, Ph.D, Professor in History of Science at Drexel University, will present the ways in which artists were inspired and informed by travel and the developing “natural sciences” in the 19th century. Dr. Ackert will lead us to ponder how ideas in the sciences informed art-making and vice versa and specifically how French anthropologist Jean Chaffanjon employed Auguste Morisot, how Alexander von Humboldt inspired Frederic Church, and how Charles Darwin influenced Marianne North. Illustrated lecture followed by Q&A and an abridged tour of the main house. Refreshments will be served.
4PM | Member: $15, Non-Member: $20 | Ages 12+

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This presentation is held in conjunction with the exhibition OVERLOOK: Teresita Fernández Confronts Frederic Church at Olana, a collaboration between The Olana Partnership and the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. In it, artist Teresita Fernández examines Frederic Church and his contemporaries’ response to the cultures and landscapes they experienced during their 19th century Latin American travels. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore Fernández’s perspective and respond to her provocative installation in Olana’s Sharp Family Gallery. Please visit the exhibition page to learn more about the exhibition.