Thomas Cole and the Contemporary: Laura Moriarty’s Tableau for Thomas Cole

Thomas Cole and the Contemporary: Laura Moriarty’s Tableau for Thomas Cole

Feb 27, 2021
Hunterdon Art Museum
7 Lower Center St., Clinton, NJ 08809
7:00pm — 8:00pm

Event Description

The Hunterdon Art Museum will host a free virtual program from 7 - 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27 in conjunction with its new exhibition, Laura Moriarty: Resurfacing.

"Thomas Cole and the Contemporary: Laura Moriarty’s Tableau for Thomas Cole" will stream live via Zoom Webinar and feature exhibiting artist Laura Moriarty, Exhibitions Director and Curator of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site Kate Menconeri and the museum’s Curator of Special Projects Jason Vartikar.

This program will consider Cole's life and work in relation to contemporary art. How might Moriarty's sculptures act as colorful meteorites from the present, traveling through time to haunt Cole's works? How might the institutional work of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, including its contemporary art programming, enliven the past to enrich us now?

In 2018, celebrated artist Kiki Smith and curator Kate Menconeri organized "Spectrum," an exhibition of contemporary art installed at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, the original grounds, house, and studio of the major American Romantic artist Thomas Cole (1801-1848).

The exhibition included Moriarty’s Tableau for Thomas Cole, a grouping of rock- and geode-like wax sculptures (similar to some currently on view at HAM) arranged on Cole's table-sized palette. There, before Cole's paintings of sublime outcroppings, caverns, and New York mountain peaks, Moriarty's wax rocks, with their candylike colors, were both resonant and dissonant with the art of the past.

Register for this free virtual program at hunterdonartmuseum.org. Please call the museum at 908-735-8415 for questions or assistance.