The Course of Empire

Join us Friday, July 28 from 6 – 9 PM at Usable Space for the opening of The Course of Empire, a show of landscape-based work responding to the allegorical suite of paintings by Thomas Cole


The Course of Empire

In The Course of Empire (1833 - 1836), Thomas Cole described the rise and fall of a fictional civilization as an allegory for American society in the 19th century. The country faced unprecedented industrial and technological change, expansion, and internal conflicts that threatened its very survival. Despite Cole's warnings, our nation didn't spiral inevitably into a state of destruction. Cole himself might be surprised by the resilience of the nation, indeed civilization in general, a century-and-a-half later. Nearly 200 years on, our minds are occupied by related anxieties: climate change, political division, social instability, and scarceness of resources. Issues capable of making one feel locked into an equally hopeless sequence, perhaps living in the final stages of Cole's "The Consummation." Yet, many others remain more optimistic, believing we continue to reside in the Arcadian adolescence of our civilization. Which state in the cycle best represents where we are now? It depends on who you ask. The Course of Empire features artists who respond to that question, and offer through their work either a soothing reassurance, a skeptical reminder, or a foreboding warning about which stage we occupy in the allegorical narrative that Cole imagined early in the 19th century. 

Usable Space
1950 South Hilbert
Milwaukee, WI 53207
(347) 683-0197

Life On Earth

Life On Earth

Curated by Cornelia Jensen
Saturday, May 20th  – Sunday, June 11th
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 20th 4pm-6pm

Gallery Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12–6 pm

When we think of “environment” what do we think of? THE Environment? Or OUR Environment? Everything we create as humans is derived from materials whose sources originate in nature. When I use the word “Nature” I am referring to the world that exists free from human design. It creates itself according to laws undetermined by human beings. But are we actually part of nature? Is our existence the result of these natural laws? Has evolution itself evolved to include human activity as a factor in our development as a species?
Here in New York City, we are miles from any undeveloped land. Our “environment” is a colossal construction born from the imagination and the will of human endeavor. Our lives in this metropolis bear a constant reckoning of who we are and what we do. Now we also inhabit many places at once via cyber space. As we swim into the future are we abandoning and marginalizing our origins? Is our primal relationship to nature no longer part of our unconscious? Is “Nature” part of the past, or does it maintain a permanent place in our world? Is it lost, far away, or right around us?  Is it possible to conjure this relationship via human will? This is the purpose of art.
Let us explore in this exhibition how “design” from human craft interacts with what is “natural”. Where do humans respond to nature and where do we live counter to it? What role does nature play in our unconscious?  Where does beauty cross over between the worlds with and without humans?

-Cornelia Jensen, Curator
The WAH Center presents LIFE ON EARTH– a group art exhibition exploring the many artistic explorations of nature and our environment. 

WAH Center (Williamsburg Art & Historical Center)

Located at the corner of Bedford,
next to the Williamsburg Bridge:
135 Broadway, Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY 11211


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Recent Exhibition

Regular viewing hours: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 4 to 7pm

Vanishing Point

From climate change to urban sprawl; from sunrises to supermoons; the landscape continues to captivate artists. No longer are we content with the romantic vistas of the Hudson River School or Paulus Potter cows. Contemporary artists have changed the portrayal of the landscape to incorporate conceptual, political and ecological concerns. Join us at Art House for a trek through the wilds of our vision of the world.

Past Exhibition 11/14/2013 - 1/7/2014

Nature Interpreted


November 14th, 2013 - January 7th, 2014


Artists: Karen Fitzgerald, Casey Inch, Walter O'Neill

Hudson Guild Gallery

441 West 26th Street

New York, NY

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 14th 6-8pm

Viewing Hours: Tuesday- Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 1pm-4pm

Past Exhibition 3/20/2013-4/12/2013

Dacia Gallery

53 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002 - (917) 727-9383

 The Landscape

March 20 to April 12, 2013 

Opening Reception Thursday, March 21, 6:00 - 9:00pm 

Meet the Artists @ Opening Reception Artist Talk and Intro @ 7:30pm 

Featured Artists Stephanie Amato, Dina Brodsky, Janet Cook, Casey Inch, Nikolina Kovalenko, Robert Pillsbury, Victoria Selbach, Raul Villarreal, and Marlene Wiedenbaum 

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Past Exhibition 5/12/12

"2nd Annual Great Hudson River Exhibition" Juried Fine Art Exhibition – 
At Scenic Hudson's River Center, Long Dock Park, Beacon

Mill Street Loft Arts located at Scenic Hudson's River Center at 8 Long Dock Road at Long Dock Park on Beacon Waterfront, is pleased to present "The 2nd Annual Great Hudson River Exhibition" a fine art exhibition focusing on the majestic Hudson River opening on Saturday, May 12th. The show will remain on view through Sunday, June 24th. An Opening Reception, that is free and open to the public, will take place in the River Center gallery on Saturday, May 12th from 4:00 – 6:00pm. Many of the artists will be in attendance. Asher Miller, Curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City served as juror for this prestigious exhibition and will also be selecting the awards and prizes. A special awards ceremony announcing the winners will be held during the opening reception.

The Great Hudson River Exhibition showcases truly outstanding work by professional painters, photographers and mixed media artists from throughout the United States. Fifty-five brilliant works of both traditional and contemporary Hudson River themed works will be featured. Artists included in the exhibition are: Jane Bloodgood-Abrams of Kingston, NY, Malcolm Castro of Poughkeepsie, NY, Kasey Michael Child of Amherst, NH, Kevin Cook of New Paltz, NY, Daisy de Puthod of Hopewell Junction , NY, Joellyn Duesberry of Greenwood Village, CO, Anne Elliot of Lawrenceville, NJ, Doug Emery of Basking Ridge, NJ, Amanda Epstein of Putnam Valley, NY, Michael Gallo Farrell of Hyde Park, NY, John Fasulo of Beacon, NY,Tarryl Gabel of Poughkeepsie, NY, Andrea Zupko-Gill of Kingston, NY,Katherine Gray of New Paltz, NY, Peter Gruen of Lawrenceville, NJ, Keith Gunderson of Kerhonkson, NY, Amy Gustin of Gardiner, NY, Jason Hargrove of Paducah, KY, Jaime H. Hernandez of Newburgh, NY, Jan Horton of Buchanan, NY, Casey Inch of Brooklyn, NY, Andrew Kilpatrick of Hyde Park, NY,Andrew Lattimore of Highland Mills, NY, Nestor Madalengoitia of Poughkeepsie, NY, Patrick Maddenof Rhinebeck, NY, Jeff McCrum of Belleville, NJ, Andrew McPherson of Athens, Oh, Meadow of Pine Bush, NY, Stan Miller of Fishkill, NY, Seth Nadel of Highland, NY, Jerry Reed of Essex, CT, Jill Shoffiett of Cold Spring, NY, Irv Suss of New City, NY, Phyllis Tarlow of Hartsdale, NY, Robert Uricchio of Pleasantville, NY, Marlene Wiedenbaum of Highland, NY, Adam Ace Wolpinsky of Katonah, NY and James Zatlukalof Wappingers Falls, NY.

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