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MacDonald Pays Tribute to Filmmaker


Visiting Professor of Art History Scott MacDonald delivered the annual Raymond Beecher Memorial Lecture at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, N.Y., on Oct. 9. The lecture, “Taking Time to Look: The Landscape Films of Peter Hutton,” was a tribute to Hutton, who died in June. He had been a regular visitor to the F.I.L.M. (Forum on Image and Language in Motion) series organized by MacDonald.

According to MacDonald, “The Cole Historic Site’s formal recognition of Hutton may be the first time that an established arts institution has recognized that the spirit of the Hudson River School of landscape painting remains alive not only in the work of other painters, but in the work of an independent filmmaker.” Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, one of Hutton’s students, has called Hutton “a national treasure.”

An essay by MacDonald is included in the catalogue Peter Hutton: Hudson River Filmmaker, available from the Cole Historic Site.

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