Join us for the 14th annual Raymond Beecher Lecture presented by Alan Wallach, PhD, Ralph H. Wark Professor of Art and Art History Emeritus and Professor of American Studies Emeritus, College of William & Mary.
Scholars have long puzzled over Thomas Cole’s "Course of Empire" series. Years ago it was interpreted as an eccentric work. In recent decades much has been learned about what in fact motivated Cole and how he was influenced by Byron and Turner who like Cole were fascinated by the theme of the rise and fall of empire. This lecture focuses on Cole’s series and how it embodies the artist’s concern about the future of the United States.
Residence and studio of 19th century artist and founder of the Hudson River School of Art.
Dr. Alan Wallach explores Cole's epic series and how it embodies the artist's concern about the future of the United States.