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Past Exhibition

Nature in America: Taming the Landscape

When: June 29 - August 26, 2012

About the Show

From the late eighteenth century to the middle decades of the twentieth, artists in America looked out at nature and transformed what they saw, sometimes romanticizing it, or making it appear more intimate, and in the first half of the twentieth century, breaking it up into constituent parts. This exhibition, drawn primarily from the permanent collection of the Art Center, explores these phenomena in forty-four works on view. Paintings, drawings, photographs, and prints—many rarely or never shown—comprise this landscape survey of American art ranging from early views of the Hudson River to mid-twentieth-century representation, before abstract expressionism changed the artistic dynamic.

The exhibition explores these shifts, looking at the nineteenth-century engagement with the sublime by the Hudson River School, the intimate approach to landscape after the Civil War, and the fragmented manner taken by American modernists in the first half of the twentieth century. Nature in America includes works by painters Thomas Cole, Aaron Draper Shattuck, George Inness, Arthur Dove, and John Marin, and photographers Frank Jay Haynes, Edward Steichen, and Ansel Adams, among many others.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Evelyn Metzger Exhibition Fund.


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