The Worlds of Andrew Jackson Downing: A Bicentennial Celebration
Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015
Marist College Student Center
8:30 Registration, coffee and pastries
9:00 Morrison Heckscher, Fleischman Chair Emeritus, American Wing, Metropolitan Museum of Art, symposium chair
9:15 Introductory Remarks: Thomas Wermuth, Dean of the Faculty and Director, Hudson River Valley Institute, Marist College
9:25 Downing and American Culture: Aaron Sachs, Cornell University
10:05 Downing’s Newburgh: William Krattinger, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
11:05 Downing and the American Home: Caren Yglesias, architect and author
11:45 lunch at Marist Student Center ($12.00 payable upon arrival, options will include brunch and dinner items)
1:00 Downing and the American Landscape: David Schuyler, Franklin & Marshall College
1:40 Matthew Vassar’s Springside: Harvey Flad, Professor of Geography Emeritus, Vassar College
2:20 Downing’s Legacy: The Careers of Calvert Vaux, and Frederick C. Withers: Francis R. Kowsky, SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Buffalo State College
3:20 The View from American Art: Downing’s Importance Into the Twentieth Century: Kerry Dean Carso, SUNY New Paltz
4:00 Concluding Remarks: J. Winthrop Aldrich, New York State Office of Historic Preservation, emeritus
Saturday’s program is free and open to the public; please RSVP to HRVI@marist.edu.
Lunch at the Marist College Dining Hall will be available for a fee;
please indicate if you plan to join us for lunch.
Morrison Heckscher is the Lawrence Fleischman Chair of the American Wing emeritus, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Thomas Wermuth, Vice President for Academic Affairs and director of the Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College, is author of Rip Van Winkle’s Neighbors: The Transformation of Rural Society in the Hudson River Valley, 1720-1850 (2001).
Aaron Sachs, associate professor of history at Cornell University, is author of The Humboldt Current: Nineteenth-Century Exploration and the Roots of American Environmentalism (2006) and Arcadian America: The Death and Life of an Environmental Tradition (2013).
William Krattinger, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, is coordinator of the National Register for northern New York. He wrote the National Landmark designation nomination for A. J. Davis’s Dutch Reformed Church in Newburgh.
Caren Yglesias, an architect, is author of The Complete House and Grounds: Learning from Andrew Jackson Downing’s Domestic Architecture (2012) and teaches in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
David Schuyler, Arthur and Katherine Shadek Professor of the Humanities and American Studies at Franklin & Marshall College, is author of Apostle of Taste: Andrew Jackson Downing, 1815-1852 (1996) and Sanctified Landscape: Writers, Artists, and the Hudson River Valley, 1820-1909 (2012), among other works.
Harvey Flad, Professor of Geography emeritus at Vassar College, is co-author, with Clyde Griffen, of Main Street to Mainframes: Landscape and Social Change in Poughkeepsie (2009). He has written extensively on Springside, Downing’s most intact landscape design.
Francis R. Kowsky, SUNY Distinguished Professor of the Fine Arts at Buffalo State College emeritus, is author of The Architecture of Frederick Clarke Withers and the Progress of the Gothic Revival in America after 1850 (1980), Country, Park & City: The Architecture and Life of Calvert Vaux (1998), and The Best Planned City in the World: Olmsted, Vaux, and the Buffalo Park System (2013).
Kerry Dean Carso, associate professor of Art History at SUNY New Paltz, is author of American Gothic Art and Architecture in the Age of Romantic Literature (2014) and is working on a second book, Landscapes of Nationalism: Garden and Park Architecture in America, 1776-1876.
- Winthrop Aldrich was for many years deputy commissioner for historic preservation in the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation.
Sunday, October 25, 2015
10:30 AM – Poughkeepsie
Walking Tour of Springside Landscape Restoration with Harvey Flad (Vassar College).
1:00 PM – Newburgh
In the Footsteps of Downing walking tour and talk. Newburgh Preservation Association and Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance invite you to join Francis R. Kowsky (author of Country, Park and City: The Architecture and Life of Calvert Vaux and The Architecture of Frederick Clarke Withers and the Progress of the Gothic Revival in America after 1850), Alan Strauber (President and a Founder, Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance) and Mary McTamaney, (City of Newburgh Historian), for a walking tour of historic Newburgh featuring sites designed by Downing, Vaux and Withers.