Louis Rémy Mignot, Two Figures on a Country Road Next to a Cottage, c. 1850. 30 x 41 ¾ in. Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SCCatskill, N.Y. - On  Sunday, April 29th the Thomas Cole National Historic Site will host an open house and lecture to celebrate the opening of the exhibition Worlds Between - Landscapes of Louis Rémy Mignot. Curated by Katherine E. Manthorne, this is the first major solo show of Louis Rémy Mignot (1831-1870) in over two decades. The exhibition will offer an intimate look at the work of this young, Charleston-born artist who painted in the style of the Hudson River School - and who was on track to achieve greatness on par with his friend and peer, Frederic Church, had he lived beyond the age of 39. The exhibition, which will be on view through October 28, offers a rare chance to see a full range of Mignot's accomplished and fascinating work. Manthorne's lecture about Mignot at 2pm will be followed by an open house from 3-5pm. The Thomas Cole Historic Site is located at 218 Spring Street, Catskill, New York.  For information visit http://www.thomascole.org/ or call 518-943-7465. Guest Curator Katherine Manthorne brings her expertise on traveler artists to Worlds Between - Landscapes of Louis Rémy Mignot and the accompanying catalog, which offers a fresh look at Mignot as a painter whose global journeying fed his unique artistic creativity. Specifically, the exhibition will feature Mignot's early Dutch landscapes, subtly nuanced snow scenes, coloristic Tropical landscapes, and painterly European pictures. To celebrate the legacy he inherited from Thomas Cole, the exhibition also highlights Mignot's distinctive views of upstate New York and the Hudson River Valley.  Louis Rémy Mignot (1831-1870) lived between many worlds: he was a Southern artist living in New York City in the years leading up to the Civil War; a French-Catholic, he worked within a predominantly Anglo-Protestant community of artists; he traveled from the American South to South America, and painted both subtle snow scenes and fiery tropical pictures. He belonged to the inner circles of polar opposites - Frederic Church and James Whistler; and in his all too short career, his style moved from Hudson River School realism toward Aestheticism. His art and life embodied the mobility that characterized the 19th c. Atlantic world, as he moved from one busy, cosmopolitan port to another. Mignot grew up in Charleston, S.C., where the slave-holding Low Country planter elite frequented his father's coffee house and confectionary on King Street. At age 17 he traveled to The Hague in the Netherlands for artistic training, and then moved to New York City. From there he visited tourist sites from New York's Hudson Valley to the White Mountains in New Hampshire. In 1857 he explored South America, painting the steamy lowlands and lagoons that rivaled the Andean panoramas of his traveling companion Frederic Church. With the outbreak of Civil War, his southern identity and world experiences made it difficult for him either to remain in the North or to return home to Carolina, and he took up his travels again. Mignot never reached his intended destination of India, but got as far as London. Ever restless, he spent summers in the Swiss Alps and headed for Paris in 1870, where he was trapped during the Commune and contracted small pox. He died at age 39, leaving behind one of the most diverse and sophisticated bodies of work of any American landscapist.  About the Curator Katherine E. Manthorne is a professor of art history at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. A specialist in modern art of the Americas, Manthorne has collaborated on museum exhibitions and publications including the 1996 solo - The Landscapes of Louis Rémy Mignot: A Southern Painter Abroad; in addition to El Barón de Courcy: Ilustraciones de un viaje, 1831-1833; Creation and Renewal: Views of Cotopaxi by Frederic Edwin Church; and Sand and Fog: The Luminist Paintings and Collection of James Suydam. Her interest in cross-currents across the Americas is reflected in her book Tropical Renaissance: North American Artists Exploring Latin America, 1839-1879, as well as Multiple Dimensions of American Art. Worlds Between - Landscapes of Louis Rémy Mignot is the 9th annual presentation of 19th Century landscape paintings at the Thomas Cole site, and an exhibition program that looks to foster discussion and understanding of the influence of Thomas Cole on American culture through a generation of artists known as the Hudson River School. About the Thomas Cole National Historic Site The Thomas Cole National Historic Site preserves and interprets the home and studios of Thomas Cole, the founder of the Hudson River School of painting, the nation's first art movement. Cole's profound influence on America's cultural landscape inspires us to engage broad audiences through educational programs that are relevant today. The Thomas Cole Historic House is an independent non-profit organization and an affiliate of the National Park Service. DIRECTIONS:  The Thomas Cole Historic Site is located in the scenic Hudson River valley, at 218 Spring Street in Catskill, New York. Located near the western entrance to the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, with easy access from the New York State Thruway exit 21 or Amtrak train service in Hudson, detailed directions and more information can be found at http://www.thomascole.org/ or call 518-943-7465. HOURS:  The house is open for tours from 10 to 4pm, with the last tour at 3pm, Thursday through Sunday, May through October. Grounds are free and open to the public. Contact: Marcia Clark 845-528-6647 / marcia@shamelesspromotions.com   Pictured: Louis Rémy Mignot, Two Figures on a Country Road Next to a Cottage, c. 1850. 30 x 41 ¾ in. Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC