Historic Hudson Valley will present a talk by Jennifer C. Krieger, Founder and Managing Partner of Hawthorne Fine Art, LLC entitled Women of the Hudson River School. As co-curator of the groundbreaking exhibition, Remember the Ladies, presented last year at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Ms. Krieger will speak about the often overlooked women landscape designers of the movement from 1825 to 1875. The conference will take place on TUESDAY 6 DECEMBER 2011, 7:30 p.m., at the New Historic Hudson Valley Headquarters in Pocantico Hills (639 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY 10591).
Along with the Historic Hudson Valley’s mission to present each place and its historical significance in context, the Women of the Hudson River School will discuss the specific sites of the Hudson Historic Preserve as well as the paintings they inspired. . Works such as 1869 Hudson Valley at Croton Point by Julie Hart Beers (1835-1913) will be examined alongside architectural elements found along the majestic banks of the Hudson. Looking specifically at the work of female artists, Ms. Krieger will examine the physical and lifestyle achievements of female painters by pioneering the exploration of the outdoors and acquiring their subject directly from the landscape.
Ms. Krieger looks forward to her lecture in Historic Hudson Valley: “I could not think of a more appropriate context to discuss the contributions of women artists to the Hudson River School movement. With this talk, I look forward to exploring the involvement of women in the aesthetic dialogue of the day by examining their paintings in the context of pre-war landscape architecture in the Hudson River Valley.
The conference celebrates the opening of Historic Hudson Valley’s new headquarters. Last June, Historic Hudson Valley moved into a brand new purpose-built head office in the heart of Pocantico Hills. This is the first time in its history that the organization, known for its meticulous preservation of historic structures and landscapes, has had its own building (rather than a rented space) for centralized functions such as conservation, marketing and administration. More importantly, the new space makes the research library more accessible to scholars of the history and culture of the Hudson Valley. Plus, large meeting rooms will accommodate conferences and programs like this.