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Contemplating the View: American Landscape Photographs


  • Addison Gallery of American Art 180 Main Street Andover, Massachusetts 01810 United States (map)

This exhibition highlights one of the Addison collection’s great strengths—images of the American landscape, both natural and manmade. Whether historical or contemporary, fact or fiction, abstract or representative, celebratory or critical, private exploration or social document, all of the photographs assembled in this show comment to one degree or another on the contesting powers of culture and nature. The complex dialogue these images foster prods us to consider the contrast between our myths and realities. Works by photographers such as Ansel Adams, Robert Adams, Lois Conner, Marcia Resnick, Carleton Watkins, Edward Weston, and Katherine Wolkoff present more than mere description. As vehicles for artistic, personal, and cultural expression they challenge us to examine and reflect upon who we are.

This exhibition is generously supported by the Bernard and Louise Palitz Exhibitions Fund.

Related programs:
Contemplating the View Gallery Tours
Exhibition Curator Allison Kemmerer will lead visitors through the galleries to discuss the themes and works presented in the exhibition. The program will be offered twice. Organized with Andover’s Memorial Hall Library, the events are free, but space is limited. Please register online at www.mhl.org/event or call 978.623.8430. 
Wednesday, October 24, 7:00 pm
Thursday, October 25, 11:00 am