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‘Nature’s Nation’

By Leslie Newell Peacock

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Valerie Hegarty, "Fallen Bierstadt," 2007, Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Campari, USA 2008.9a-b, (c) Valerie Hegarty

“Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment,” at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, offers a visual record of America’s regard for and interaction with the natural world for the past 300 years. Curated by the Princeton University Art Museum, the exhibition will feature paintings, photographs and installations, from Alfred Bierstadt’s 1871-73 painting of Bridal Veil Falls in Yosemite to Valerie Hegarty’s 2007 “Fallen Bierstadt,” a burned and melting copy of the painting on foam core and paper mache. The 100 works of art in the show include pieces by 19th century artists Charles Willson Peale, John James Audubon and Thomas Moran; 20th century artists Frank Lloyd Wright, Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams and Ana Mendieta; contemporary artists Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Kent Monkman, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Alexis Rockman, Mierle Laderman Ukeles and Walton Ford; and the artists’ collective Postcommodity.

Tickets are $12 to non-members, free to members. For $16, nonmembers can get tickets to both “Nature’s Nation” and a show opening in June, “Color Field.”


May 25, 2019
3:00 pm
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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
600 Museum Way
Bentonville, AR 72712 United States
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