“Autumn on the Hudson River”, by Jasper Francis Cropsey (National Gallery of Art)

How would you go about updating, reinterpreting, a Hudson River School painting? We’ll soon see one answer, from artist Valerie Hegarty.

On Wednesday, Hegarty will install a site-specific work on the High Line, the elevated park built on a disused rail corridor along the Hudson River, which is turning out to have a snug connection with contemporary art even before the Whitney Museum branch is built there (if it is)…

This installation…references a painting by Jasper Francis Cropsey, Autumn on the Hudson River, 1860…For the Cropsey, the High Line says, she “imagines a nineteenth century Hudson River School landscape painting that has been left outdoors, exposed to the elements.”


Judith H. Dobrzynski
Real Clear Arts