Curated by Jeff Nathanson
From 19th century California artists inspired by nature, to contemporary artists who have broken from traditional perspectives and embraced new technologies to address climate change and other important issues, the artist's relationship to landscape has evolved. Landscape: Awe to Activism will explore this relationship through diverse artworks including painting, photography, and video.
Historical context for Landscape begins with 19th century artists who were inspired to represent and interpret their appreciation of the natural beauty and majesty of the unblemished California landscape. With the advancement of science, global exploration, industrialization, and the societal changes that have occurred, artists’ relationship to the land, nature, and representation of landscape shifted. 20th century artists began to explore new ways of interacting and engaging physically with the landscape through interventions and by creating conceptual earthworks. Contemporary artists have broken from traditional perspectives and embraced new concepts, concerned with important issues. Faced with the threat of climate change, some artists have chosen to comment on the human impact on the environment, using their art as a form of activism to draw public attention to the mounting environmental crisis. Others are addressing issues of space, borders, land ownership, and displacement, while others utilize technology and new approaches to create unique ways to view the landscape.
Seniors (62+), Students, Disabled: $7.00
Children 12 & Under: FREE
Museum Members: FREE