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Exhibitions
Passages
September 2, 2008 - October 5, 2008
John A. and Helen P. Becker Gallery
"Bellinzona", 1858 by John Ruskin, English, 1819-1900, watercolor and gouache, Gift of Miss Susan Dwight Bliss, 1956.24.257
This exhibition examines the question of landscape by refracting it through the holdings of the Museum.   Exploring culturally diverse, pan-historical, and perhaps unorthodox representations of landscape across media, Passages endeavors to pose more questions than answers about how we come to visualize our surroundings. By forcing us to reconsider our preconceptions about the genre, this exhibition demonstrates that landscape is a space within which we may plumb our understanding of our surroundings, as well as map our impact upon it.  Artists featured include Claude Lorrain, John Ruskin, Dorothea Lange, and Edward Ruscha. Organized in conjunction with Visual Arts 272: “Landscape Painting.” 
"Running Fence", 1976 by Christo, American, born 1935, graphite, pastel, charcoal, and fabric collage, Museum Purchase, George Otis Hamlin Fund with the aid of a matching grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C., a federal agency, 1976.38