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

Exhibition Dates: 
Friday, February 19, 2021 - Sunday, May 23, 2021
Mary and Charlie Babcock Wing Gallery | View Gallery


The exhibition is a collaboration between Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Thomas Cole National Historical Site, and The Olana Partnership at Olana State Historic Site. Cross-Pollination takes as its launching pad 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, extending from the nineteenth century into the twenty-first.

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