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Artists & Inspiration

Exploring Connections between Land and Landscapes

April 18, 2022 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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This program is only offered through Zoom.

Image shown: Sanford Robinson Gifford, c. 1864 (1963.124.0002)

Curators Laura Rice and Eleanor Harvey will explore the tradition of American landscape painting and consider how we see the land today, long after the time the scenes were memorialized by brushstrokes. Paintings from the Adirondacks of the 1800s and 1900s serve today as a powerful tool in measuring the health of the region’s natural resources. While confronting the reality of human effects on the environment, we still have it in us to look to natural beauty—the lakes and rivers, mountain peaks and thick forests—for both personal reflection and human aspiration.

About The Speaker:

Eleanor Jones Harvey is a senior curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Her research interests include eighteenth-, nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American art, notably landscape painting, southwestern abstraction and Texas art. Her most recent exhibition, Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature, and Culture (2020), considers how deeply entwined the heralded naturalist’s ideas were with America’s emerging identity, grounded in an appreciation of the landscape. Dr. Harvey earned her Master’s degree and her PhD in art history at Yale University.

This program is co-sponsored by Adirondack Diversity Initiative