"The Land Through a Lens: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum,"
a traveling exhibition opening May 20 at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art at University of Florida in Gainesville, features 84 photographs from the early years of photography in the 1850s through the 20th century. Included in this exhibition are works by influential early photographers Eadweard Muybridge, Timothy O'Sullivan and Carleton Watkins, as well as modern masters such as Ansel Adams and Aaron Siskind. Contemporary photographers such as William Christenberry, Emmet Gowin and Richard Misrach bring the collection into the present day. "The Land Through a Lens" traces America's fascination with the land and the way artists transform it into symbols and signature images.
"Americans have long had an intense and complex relationship with the land, which has inspired artists in every generation," said Elizabeth Broun, the museum's Margaret and Terry Stent Director. "Since 1988, the Smithsonian American Art Museum has placed a special emphasis on collecting landscape photographs that express an amazing variety of attitudes and ideas about this relationship."