Detailing Moran’s adventurous participation in the Hayden Expedition to Wyoming, this enlightening collection of watercolors, sketchbook pages, oil paintings and even his expedition pistol, form the core of what will be an illustrated story of this journey and the national legacy of Thomas Moran. The largest portion of this exhibit is material that is returning to The Studio after being gifted to Yellowstone National Park in the 1940s.
We will supplement this rare loan from the National Park Service with period maps, stereographic cards, wood engravings, photographs and important, late 19th century publications that support this story of Thomas Moran, the founder of East Hampton’s artists’ colony.
June 29-August 31
Fridays and Saturdays | 10am-4pm
September 1-November 9 | To Be Announced
Image: Thomas Moran. Above Tower Falls, Yellowstone. Courtesy of Guild Hall. Gift of Ruth B. Moran.
The Davis Family
Gates Capital Management
Jeff Gates & Mike Moran
The oldest map yet discovered is from the 5th century BC and is Babylonian. We have always needed guidance to find our way from here to there. “The New Yorker” magazine has for years created cartoons portraying summer people lost on the back roads of New England, stopping and asking directions of an aged Yankee who has them taking a left after Widow Wickham’s second red barn. The magazine’s best mapping joke is likely a preppy duo in a smart MG sitting in the middle of a stream. The wife looks at her perplexed mate and says, “You should have told me the blue lines on the map are water.”
We have brought together an assemblage of printed, photographed and hand-drawn maps that date from 1722 to the mid-20th century. From whalers off the coast of Gardiner’s Island to East Hampton Village plat-maps, if you enjoy following routes via an atlas, you will find this exhibition fun and enlightening. If you have only experienced GPS, come down a find out have your grandmother found her way to Greenport.