Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment

Exhibition Dates: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - Sunday, May 23, 2021
Mary and Charlie Babcock Wing Gallery | View Gallery

February 19–21, 2021 ​
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February 23, 2021 
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Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment takes flight from the influential series of paintings The Gems of Brazil (1863-64) by Martin Johnson Heade but expands outward to explore pollination in nature and ecology, cultural and artistic influence and exchange, and the interconnection between art and science.
In addition to nineteenth-century American artists Martin Johnson Heade, Thomas Cole, and Frederic Church, the exhibition also features contemporary artists such as Paula Hayes, Maya Lin, Richard Estes, Juan Fontanive, Roxy Paine, Rachel Sussman, and Vik Muniz.
Explore your own connections between art and nature on visits to the estate's greater and formal gardens, which include birding and nature trails, and see if you can spot the objects and specimens featured in the exhibition.
Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment was created by The Olana Partnership at Olana State Historic Site, Thomas Cole National Historical Site, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Its tour is organized by Crystal Bridges.

Support for this exhibition and its national tours is provided by Art Bridges.


Additional major support has been provided by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Image:  Detail. Martin Johnson Heade (1819–1904), Tropical Orchids, 1870–1874, Oil on canvas. 21 1/8 x 17 1/8 in. Olana State Historic Site, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; OL.1981.39.A