Regarding America: Masterpieces of Landscape Painting from the Brooklyn Museum
Regarding America: Masterpieces of Landscape Painting from the Brooklyn Museum is a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition highlighting the extraordinary breadth and astonishing variety of our American landscape paintings, a central focus of the Museum’s collection and exhibitions since its founding. As the painter Thomas Cole recognized in his influential “Essay on American Scenery” from 1836, landscapes function not merely as views of the country, but as portals into a conversation about a changing sense of place. Regarding America explores how landscape painting featured the beauties of the nation’s natural wonders while reflecting an evolving relationship with nature through the great cultural and political upheavals of the nineteenth century.
The exhibition is divided into seven thematic sections: Civilizing the Landscape; Narratives of River, Coast and Sea; The Grand Tour and American Identity; The Hudson River School Paradox; The Personal Landscape and the Public Eye; Seeing Native Americans at the Century’s End; and Perceiving the Modern Landscape.
The 63 paintings in the exhibition include Albert Bierstadt’s spectacular A Storm in the Rocky Mountains, Mt. Rosalie, rarely exhibited outside the Museum since its acquisition in 1976, as well as superb works by Thomas Cole, Childe Hassam, Martin Johnson Heade, George Inness, and others. Outstanding examples by African American artists such as Robert S. Duncanson and Edward Mitchell Bannister broaden the traditional narrative of American art, and selected objects from the Museum’s Native American collection offer fresh perspectives on familiar masterworks.
Regarding America: Masterpieces of Landscape Painting from the Brooklyn Museum is organized by Kimberly Orcutt, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of American Art, Brooklyn Museum. A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany this exhibition.
Available beginning Summer 2019.