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JASNA-NY Regional Meeting: Rena Tobey December 11 @ 2:00 pm

December 11, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Landscapes as Political Documents: Art of Thomas Cole and the Hudson River School

Speaker: Rena Tobey


About this event

Come explore 19th century American landscapes to reveal how American identity has been profoundly linked with the land. In this image-rich, interactive talk, we’ll dig beyond the surface that creates a streamlined, but simplistic notion of the American character. Instead, we’ll take a slow look at artworks that tell complex, often coded stories, reflecting both the challenges and greatness of our country. Artists include Thomas Cole, the symbolic head of the Hudson River School, Frederick Church, and artists who captured the west and life after the Civil War as represented in the land. Together, these artists established an international reputation for American art.

This virtual talk will include:

An overview of two generations of Hudson River School artists, some well-known, others less familiar

Considering the importance of Enlightenment thinking and Romanticism on landscape depictions

An understanding of the influence of Thomas Cole on other artists and on political and cultural thought that continues today

• A new ability to ‘read’ symbols and metaphors in landscape paintings that you can use during your next museum visit

Enjoying the beauty and majesty of these artworks

About Rena Tobey:

Rena’s greatest passion is making art accessible, invigorating, insightful, and fun. She has taught art history at NYU’s School for Professional Studies and Southern Connecticut State University. Rena provides talks for New York Adventure Club and New York Public Library, as well as many community organizations. She conducts lively, interactive tours of museum collections, now via Zoom. Just for fun, she has created Artventures!® Game–a cheeky party game on the adventures of art and art history.

For the safety of all, this will be an online (Zoom) meeting.

Cost: FREE


Please register HERE for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions explaining how to get the ZOOM access credentials.


Donations are welcome (to assist with event costs) and may be made when you register or sent via PayPal to treasurer.jasnany@gmail.com.


Please send a check, payable to ‘JASNA-NY’, to our Treasurer: Christina Feicht, 150 E 69th St, Apt 7H, New York, NY 10021.

Please feel free to share the event details; please do not share the access details (as they are unique to you).


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