On May 23, 2014, the Adirondack Museum will re-open for the season with an exhibition of Hudson River School paintings that will delight fans of American landscape painting. Great Wilderness, Great Expectations: Masterworks from the Adirondack Museum is an exceptional showcase of pieces from the museum’s permanent collection and will feature over fifty Adirondack scenes spanning more than two hundred years. Highlights abound in Great Wilderness, Great Expectations, including a new acquisition by William Trost Richards and works by John Frederick Kensett, Seneca Ray Stoddard, Edward Bierstadt, and Hudson River School master Thomas Cole. There will also be striking examples of Adirondack photography and rare artist sketchbooks on display, some of which have never before been seen!
Great Wilderness, Great Expectations showcases how nineteenth-century American artists captured the magnificent splendor of the Adirondack Mountains, transforming the sublime views of the landscape into national icons representing the unbridled promise and potential of young America. Lake George and Whiteface Mountain were two of the most popular artist destinations located in the Adirondacks and attracted Hudson River School painters to the area, and present-day audiences can share their appreciation for the region’s natural beauty with a visit to Great Wilderness, Great Expectation, open at The Adirondack Museum through October 13, 2014.