Special Exhibition Gallery, 2nd Floor, Main Building
The Rockies and the Alps places Newark’s renowned collection of 19th-century landscape painting in dialogue with European alpine painting of the same period. This visually stunning exhibition will explore mountain landscape art in the United States and Europe through paintings, photographs, prints, sketch books, travel literature, and scientific specimens.
Focusing on the 1830s to the 1870s, a critical period when artists, scientists, sight-seers and armchair travelers on both continents were awakening to the attractions of the mountains, The Rockies and the Alps showcases finished masterworks and plein air sketches by some of America’s most celebrated landscape artists: Albert Bierstadt, Worthington Whittredge, Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, John Singer Sargent, and others—along with breathtaking alpine views by the leader of the Swiss alpine school of painting, Alexandre Calame, and other revered European landscape painters such as J. M. W. Turner and John Ruskin.
Offering a uniquely international perspective on the rise of alpine painting, The Rockies and the Alps brings together approximately 70 rarely exhibited works drawn from the Newark Museum’s permanent collection and from distinguished private collections and museums around the country. With thematic galleries highlighting literature, natural science, technology and tourism, the exhibition will illuminate important connections between the explorations and international travels of 19th-century artists and the invention of photography, the rise of mountain climbing, and the proliferation of landscape imagery as part of mass culture.
This exhibition will be the inaugural installation in the Museum's new special exhibition gallery, located on the second floor of the main building.
Major support for The Rockies and the Alps: Bierstadt, Calame, and the Romance of the Mountains provided by:
PSN Family Charitable Trust
Beverly K. Nadler
The National Endowment for the Arts
George Robb, Ph.D.
Eleonore Kessler Cohen and Max Insel Cohen
Mary and Raymond Courtien
Ellen and Don Greenfield
Additional support provided by The Marie and Joe Melone Exhibition Fund for American Art and anonymous donors.
In the News
WhiteHot Magazine, Magic Mountains by Donald Kuspit (April 2018)
New Criterion, Critic's Notebook (4.3.18)
American Art Review, The Rockies and the Alps: Bierstadt, Calame, and the Romance of the Mountains (4.1.18) [PDF]
"Star-Ledger," Review by Dan Bischoff [PDF]