The Hudson River is more than a body of water. For centuries, the river and its environs have provided habitat for both humans and hundreds of species of fish, birds, and plants. Writers and artists have captured the Hudson in paintings, drawings, stories, and photographs, while surveyors and scientists have mapped and measured its every parcel.
Hudson Rising explores two centuries of ecological change, artistic imagination, and environmental thinking along what one writer called, “the most interesting river in America.” This comprehensive exhibition, rich in art, artifacts, and stories, evokes beloved Hudson River landscapes and weaves together 200 years of history. Spanning the industrial era, Hudson Rising presents a compelling account about how the Hudson has been an incubator for our ideas about the environment and our relationships to the natural world. Curated by Marci Reaven, vice president of history exhibitions, and Jeanne Haffner, associate curator.
This exhibition was organized by the American Antiquarian Society, Worchester, Massachusetts. Major support was provided by the Richard C. von Hess Foundation and the Henry Luce Foundation. Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Seymour Neuman Endowed Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.