John Yau: Church and Nozkowski and Their Views of the Catskills

At the Smithsonian Museum, don’t miss a chance to hear art critic, poet, curator, and writer John Yau discuss 19th-century landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church and 20th-century abstractionist Thomas Nozkowski. 

This talk pairs works by Nozkowski with works Church to bring a fresh and challenging experience to the viewing the artists’ expression of the natural world – particularly the Hudson Valley. 

Frederic Church and Thomas Nozkowski both spent significant time in the Catskills, drawing inspiration from locales for their respective artworks. Yau’s discussion focuses on each artist’s vision of nature and how their respective conceptions of seeing, as embodied in their paintings, could provide lessons for us today.


 When: Wednesday, October 12 at 6:30pm

Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum

Thomas Nozkowski is featured in the book Abstract Painting: Concepts and Techniques and particularly relevant to the chapter on Layering.