North Wing, 1st floor
This small-scale special exhibition places contemporary art in dialogue with 19th-century works by Albert Bierstadt and Chief Washakie (Shoshone). Vantage Points: History and Politics in the American Landscape is presented in conjunction with the special exhibition The Rockies and the Alps: Bierstadt, Calame, and the Romance of the Mountains, and features recent acquisitions by contemporary artists responding directly to the American landscape, past and present. Despite the appearance of objectivity it often conveys, landscape painting has never been neutral. Representations of the American landscape have always reflected the politics and worldviews of artists and the broader culture. Vantage Points explores issues of land ownership, stewardship, and the dominant narratives that have been staged in and through American landscape art, challenging viewers to sort out fact from historical fiction.