Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment

by Matthew Innis |

Alexandre Hogue (American, 1898-1994). Crucified Land, 1939. Oil on canvas, framed: 47 1/8 × 65 1/2 × 2 1/16 in. (119.7 × 166.4 × 5.2 cm). GM 0127.2000. Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment

May 25 – September 9, 2019

Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment is a new exhibition that examines American artists’ impact on shaping environmental understanding and sustainability.

Featuring 100 artworks from 70 eminent US collections, Nature’s Nation traces 300 years of evolving ideas about the natural world and our place within it. From colonial beliefs about the divine in nature, to artists’ advocacy for national parks, to the emergence of environmental activism, the paintings, photographs, and installations by Thomas Moran, Frank Lloyd Wright, Dorothea Lange, and many more explore our relationship with the environment.

Valerie Hegarty (American, born 1967). Fallen Bierstadt, 2007. Foamcore, paint, paper, glue, gel medium, canvas, wire, wood, 70 x 50 x 16 3/4 in. (177.8 x 127 x 42.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Campari, USA, 2008.9a-b. © Valerie Hegarty

Similar to the mission of Crystal Bridges, Nature’s Nation illuminates the connection between art and nature.

Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment has been organized by the Princeton University Art Museum. Leadership support has been provided by Shelly and Tony Malkin; Annette Merle-Smith; the Henry Luce Foundation; and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Nature’s Nation is organized by the Princeton University Art Museum, and will travel to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA before its final stop at Crystal Bridges.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Albert Bierstadt, American, 1830-1902. Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite, ca. 1871-73. Oil on canvas. 91.8 × 67 cm (36 1/8 × 26 3/8 in.). North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, Purchased with funds from the North Carolina State Art Society (Robert F. Phifer Bequest) and various donors, by exchange.

Sanford Robinson Gifford (American, 1823-1880). Hunter Mountain, Twilight, 1866. Oil on canvas, 77.8 x 137.5cm. Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago. Daniel J. Terra Collection (1999.57)

Thomas Moran (1837-1926). Lower Falls, Yellowstone Park, 1893. Oil on canvas. Framed: 48 13/16 × 68 7/16 × 3 15/16 in. (124 × 173.8 × 10 cm). Image: 39 5/8 × 59 1/4 in. (100.6 × 150.5 cm). GM 0126.2344 Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Thomas Cole, American, 1801-1848. A View of the Mountain Pass Called the Notch of the White Mountains (Crawford Notch), 1839. Oil on canvas. overall: 102 x 155.8 cm (40 3/16 x 61 5/16 in.) framed: 135.9 x 189.6 x 14 cm (53 1/2 x 74 5/8 x 5 1/2 in.). National Gallery of Art, Andrew W. Mellon Fund 1967.8.1

Winslow Homer, A Huntsman and Dogs, 1891. Oil on canvas. 28 1/8 x 48 inches (71.4 x 121.9 cm) Framed: 37 x 57 inches (94 x 144.8 cm). Philadelphia Museum of Art, The William L. Elkins Collection, E1924-3-8

Where: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville (AR)

When: May 25 September 9, 2019

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

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