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

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The exhibition Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment, features approximately 80 works of art plus photographs and natural history specimens from the artists’ collections. This interdisciplinary project takes flight from the influential series of paintings The Gems of Brazil (1863-64) by Martin Johnson Heade, and 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 to now.

Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment was created by the Thomas Cole National Historical Site, The Olana Partnership at Olana State Historic Site, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Cross Pollination is curated by Kate Menconeri, Curator & Director of Exhibitions and Collections, Thomas Cole National Historic Site; Julia B. Rosenbaum, Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture, Bard College; former Director of Research and Publications, The Olana Partnership; William L. Coleman, Director of Collections & Exhibitions, The Olana Partnership; and Mindy N. Besaw, Curator, American Art & Director of Fellowships and Research, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Its tour is organized by Crystal Bridges.

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

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Additional major support has been provided by the Henry Luce Foundation, Terra Foundation for American Art and Galen, Debi, and Alice Havner.

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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
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

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