MAKING IT AMERICAN LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING America's Eden: Thomas Cole and the Voyage of Life

The Making It American lecture series takes a broad look at what art, artifacts, objects, manuscripts, and other primary source materials can teach us about the development of American history, culture, the arts, and our national identity. Invited scholars analyze the construct of American values and ideals through our collections and exhibitions. Experts in their fields create presentations illuminating the development of our culture and international trends influences. These lectures are an exciting opportunity to learn from scholars recognized in their field who make their expertise and our collections accessible.

Paul Schweizer, Director Emeritus, Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute's Museum of Art

Paul Schweizer, art historian, will discuss how Cole took the old master idiom of history painting and put it in the form of American landscape to create his most iconic series, the Voyage of Life.

Schweizer will be available to sign copies of his new book Thomas Cole's Voyage of Life.

Free with museum admission

IMAGE: The Voyage of Life: Youth, Thomas Cole (1801-1848), 1839, oil sketch on wood panel, Albany Institute of History & Art purchase, 1942.56.2

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