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Re:Vision

Landscapes from the Permanent Collection

May 2, 2013 Through May 26, 2013
In the Carson Teaching Gallery

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Maurice Prendergast (American, 1858-1924), The Waterfall (detail), 1920-23
Photo Credit: 

Laura Shea

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Joseph Mallord William Turner (British, 1775-1851), Corisca (?) a wooded headland, ca. 1828
Photo Credit: 

Laura Shea

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The Waterfall, ca. 1920-23 (detail)

Maurice Prendergast (American, 1858-1924)
Watercolor, oil pastel, and pencil on paper
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Maurice Prendergast (American, 1858-1924), The Waterfall (detail), 1920-23

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Corsica (?), a wooded headland (detail)

Joseph Mallord William Turner (British, 1775-1851)
Red chalk, pen and red ink, watercolor and bodycolor on brown paper
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Joseph Mallord William Turner (British, 1775-1851), Corisca (?) a wooded headland, ca. 1828

Although landscapes are often seen as views of static and unchanging nature, in fact they are engaged with and affected by human processes, both visible and unseen. Landscape art interprets, edits, and updates space; it is necessarily viewed and considered through the human eye. It can function as a story told by the artist about his or her surroundings, or as an invitation to the viewer to see the exterior world as a reflection of the inner self. The works on paper selected from the Museum’s permanent collection in this exhibition are charged with a sense of human-interpreted, ever-evolving space.

Re:Vision was curated by the members of Art History 350, a Museum Studies seminar designed to explore art museum history, missions, methods, and procedures. Through this course, students investigated, analyzed, and evaluated varieties of curatorial theories and techniques that influence the presentation and interpretation of art within the museum context. Re:Vision is the seminar’s culminating project in which theory is put into practice.