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Reading Art Book Club to Discuss the Hudson River School 2017

The Las Cruces Museum of Art’s monthly Reading Art Book Club will host an open, group discussion on the book American Wilderness: The Story of the Hudson River School of Painting by Barbara Babcock Millhouse at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13, at the Museum of Nature and Science classroom.

To jump start the discussion, The Hudson River School: Artistic Pioneers: Thomas Cole, Asher Durand, Frederic Church, Albert Bierstadt, and Jasper Cropsey will be shown at 1 p.m.

This is an entertaining, skillfully presented, highly readable retelling of the fascinating story of America’s first native school of art, the Hudson River School, from its rise in 1825 with the transforming landscapes of Thomas Cole, the founder, who succeeded in capturing the sublime qualities of American nature, to its broad dissemination and great popularity through the work of many subsequent practitioners including Church, Durand, Gifford, Kensett, Whittredge, Bierstadt, and Heade, to its decline around 1875 when other styles prevailed.

Admission to the City of Las Cruces Museums is free. The museums are located Downtown, on Main Street, and are open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday - Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. For additional information, visit the website at:

If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event, please contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event.