Frederic Church, Winslow Homer, and Thomas Moran: Tourism and the American Landscape

On View: 
Friday, May 19, 2006 to Sunday, October 22, 2006

Tourism and the American Landscape

Frederic Church, Winslow Homer, and Thomas Moran: Tourism and the American Landscape explores the promotion of scenic tourism in 19th century America through Cooper-Hewitt’s extraordinary collections of oil paintings, drawings, and watercolors by these artists. The exhibition presents the Museum’s American landscape collection at Cooper-Hewitt for the first time in more than 15 years, and is the premiere showing of many of its Homer oil paintings. More than one hundred landscapes, paintings, sketches, and drawings are displayed alongside 150 examples of printed ephemera, such as hotel and railroad brochures, broadsides, maps, and tourist guidebooks. These artists encouraged America to become a nation of tourists, and their iconic images helped transform natural wonders into national pride.

This exhibition was organized by Gail S. Davidson, Head of the Department of Drawings, Prints and Graphic Design, and Floramae McCarron-Cates, Associate Curator of Drawings, Prints and Graphic Design. 

Frederic Church, Winslow Homer, and Thomas Moran: Tourism and the American Landscape is made possible in part by the generosity of Enid and Lester Morse. Support is provided by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency, Stephen McKay, Inc., Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, and Movado.

Additional support is provided by W. Leslie Duffy, Margery and Edgar Masinter, Susan and Jon Rotenstreich, Mr. and Mrs. Frederic A. Sharf, Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Schwartz, and Larry and Janet Larose.