Nature's Nation: American Art and Environment

13 October 2018–6 January 2019

Exhibition Overview

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Albert Bierstadt, Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite, 1871-73.

Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment presents more than 120 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, videos, and works of decorative art, from the colonial period to the present, exploring for the first time how American artists of different traditions and backgrounds have both reflected and shaped environmental understanding while contributing to the development of a modern ecological consciousness.

This sweeping exhibition engages a wide range of genres and historical contexts—from colonial furniture to the art of Jeffersonian natural science, from Hudson River landscape painting to Native American basketry, from Dust Bowl regionalism to modernist abstraction and postwar environmental activism—highlighting the evolving ecological implications of subjects and contexts of creation as well as artistic materials and techniques. The result is a major reinterpretation of American art that examines both iconic masterpieces and rarely seen objects through a lens uniting art historical interpretation with environmental history, scientific analysis, and the dynamic field of ecocriticism.

(Photo courtesy of PUAM.)

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