American art at the Albany Institute

My parents visited last weekend, and I decided that we would probably enjoy a trip to the Albany Institute of History and Art.

The museum is currently hosting two very good exhibits, one on Currier Ives, and one on the landscapes produced by artists associated with the Hudson River School. We visited the Hudson River School exhibit first, which features a plethora of paintings and drawings by the movement’s leading lights, such as Thomas Cole and Frederic Church, and lesser known (at least to me) figures such as Troy native Dewitt Clinton Boutelle.

The Hudson River School was a group of artists who lived and worked in the Hudson Valley, not a formal school. (If you’re really interested in the Hudson River School, the Thomas Cole Historic Site in Catskill and Olana, the Hudson mansion where Church lived and worked, are both worth a trip.) Part of the exhibit’s charm is

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