Festival of American Romantics

A combined exhibition of period art, literature and music...
The Fenimore Art Museum, The Glimmerglass Festival, Olana State Historic Site, and Hyde Hall join forces for The Festival of American Romantics, inspired by Romantic composers, painters and writers.

Fenimore Art Museum | June 29 - September 29
The Fenimore Art Museum presents the exhibition The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision. The exhibition explores landscape painting as a powerful narrative device that embodied ideas about nature and culture in a rapidly changing country. Works by Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, and others illuminate this self-consciously American landscape vision.


The Glimmerglass Festival | July 6 - August 24
The landscape of Central New York has inspired artists for centuries, from Hudson River School painters to performers who take up residence at Glimmerglass each summer. In our 2013 season, we explore the ideals of the Romantic movement, including operas by two of the most important 19th-century composers, Verdi and Wagner.  More

Hyde Hall | May 19, June 23 and July 7, 5:30 p.m.
In a new collaboration with Hyde Hall, literary works of the American Romantics will be explored. Artists from the 2013 season will read selections from James Fenimore Cooper and other American masters in the majestic home on Otsego Lake. These special evenings will also include musical settings of poetry by Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman and other 19th-century American poets.  More

Olana | June 9 - October 27
Exhibition: Maine Sublime: Frederic Edwin Church's Landscapes of Mount Desert and Mount Katahdin
Frederic Church was America's most important painter during the middle years of the 19th century. While famous for his scenes of the Arctic, South America, and the Near East, his landscapes of Maine were central to his career for over four decades. This exhibition explores first his early mastery of the conventions of art history, the expressions of national history during his maturity, and finally the poignant reflections of personal history in his later years. Guest curated by John Wilmerding, the Christopher Binyon Sarofim Professor of American art, emeritus, at Princeton University.

Special Gallery only tours every Saturday.  More