River Crossings Book

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Take Home a Piece of River Crossings

Unprecedented in its concept and execution, the exhibition River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home intertwined two historic sites with world-renowned contemporary art in a setting that was the genesis of American art in the early nineteenth century. This unique presentation was chronicled in a beautifully illustrated and informative publication that takes the reader through this unparalleled exhibition and complements the original intent of these two extraordinary painters with innovative, contemporary art of our time.

As with the accomplished Cole and his stellar student Church, for the artists who participated in River Crossings it was all about the river…the Hudson River. Cole and Church dared to try new techniques, bringing exciting, fresh perspectives of the untamed fields and forests in the Hudson River Valley to a cultural audience hungry for a truly American approach to art. In turn, the contemporary artists in this exhibition clearly were influenced and inspired by Cole's and Church's adventurous spirit and the Hudson River Valley landscape, as evidenced in the contemporary artists' harmonious artwork.

In addition to the book's captivating plate section, including artist biographies and narratives, insightful essays by notable authors give knowledgeable background on the continuity of the American artistic tradition in one of the nation's most historic areas.

Book Authors

Co-curator Jason Rosenfeld, PhD, is Distinguished Chair and Professor of Art History at Marymount Manhattan College. He co-curated the John Everett Millais exhibition at the Tate Britain, London, which then toured to Amsterdam, Kitakyushu, and Tokyo from 2007 to 2008. He also co-curated Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde, which traveled from London to Washington, DC, Moscow, Tokyo, and Turin (2012–2014). Rosenfeld has written a major monograph on Millais (Phaidon, 2012) as well as numerous articles and books on nineteenth-century and contemporary art.

Co-curator Stephen Hannock is an American Luminist painter known for his atmospheric landscapes and incendiary nocturnes. His experiments with machine-polishing the surfaces of his paintings give his work its trademark luminous quality. The larger vistas also incorporate diaristic text that weaves throughout the composition. His design of visual effects for the 1998 film What Dreams May Come won an Academy Award. His works are in collections worldwide, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the -Whitney Museum of American Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

Curator and writer Marvin Heiferman organizes projects about photography and visual culture for institutions including the -Museum of Modern Art, Smithsonian Institution, International Center of Photography, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the New Museum. A writer for numerous publications and websites, including The New York Times, Art in America, Artforum, Design Observer, Gagosian Quarterly, and Aperture, his most recent book is Photography Changes Everything (Aperture, 2012).

Maurice Berger is Research Professor and Chief Curator at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Curator of the National Jewish Archive of Broadcasting at The Jewish Museum in New York. His essay series, Race Stories, “a continuing exploration of the relationship of race to photographic portrayals of race,” appears monthly on the Lens blog of The New York Times. His critically acclaimed exhibitions have appeared in numerous national and international venues.

Book Specifications

  • Hardcover, 10 x 11 in.
  • 120 pages
  • 91 color, 17 black-and-white images
  • ISBN 978-0-9888557-9-3
  • $50