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What's In a Name? Interpreting Thomas Cole's "Course of Empire"

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Thomas Cole National Historic Site (New Studio)

218 Spring Street

Catskill, NY 12414

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Dr. Alan Wallach explores Cole's epic series and how it embodies the artist's concern about the future of the United States.

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Join us for the 14th annual Raymond Beecher Lecture presented by Alan Wallach, PhD, Ralph H. Wark Professor of Art and Art History and Professor of American Studies Emeritus, College of William & Mary.

Dr. Wallach will explore Thomas Cole’s "Course of Empire" series and how it embodies the artist’s concern for the future of the United States. Scholars have long puzzled over the series, but in recent decades much has been learned about what motivated Cole and how he was influenced by the British poet Lord Byron (1788-1824) and British artist J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851), who like Cole were fascinated by the theme of the rise and fall of empire. Dr. Wallach will illuminate what Cole intended the series to mean at a time when the United States was still a young nation facing tumultuous times not unlike today.

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Thomas Cole National Historic Site (New Studio)

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