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Visit St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Art and view Pleasure Grounds and Restoring

  • Jul 20, 2013 · 11:00 AM
  • Online - Not an in person Meetup

 

Pleasure Grounds and Restoring Spaces

Photographs of our National Parks

 

Join FCCP for a tour of the current photo exhibit at the Museum.  The details on the show are below.  Due to museum remodeling the entire museum is not open, but the admission fee has been reduced to just $10.  Afterwards there will be an optional lunch at Fresco's, directly across the street from the Museum.  If you can't make the show, everyone is welcome to join us for lunch.

At once a seemingly untouched virgin land and a territory of limitless opportunity for development, the American landscape has always fueled the imagination of artists. As rapid industrialization began to threaten some of America’s most striking wilderness areas, President Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919) and naturalist John Muir (1838–1914) led the urgent call to protect the land on a national scale. Photography was not only an aid to the cause of conservation but also a way to popularize the newly formed tourist sites, aligning nature with American values.

Comprised primarily of photographs depicting National and State Parks, this exhibition explores the relationships between photographers and the American landscape. The earliest date from the 1860s, including albumen prints by Carleton Watkins and William H. Jackson, and one of the most recent is a colossal view of the Florida Everglades by Clyde Butcher. Early images were created as part of topographical surveys for government or commercial entities and represent some of the first views of spectacular Western sites seen by the public. Later, iconic vistas such as those by Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter, and Butcher urged viewers to heed the call of conservation. Brett Weston and Aaron Siskind abstracted elements of the landscape, narrowing the focus. Jerry Uelsmann and John Pfahl impose their own style rather than recreate popular views.

The exhibition spans a century and is drawn from the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, including several photographs from the newest donations to The Ludmila Dandrew and Chitranee Drapkin Collection, which continues to enrich and expand the MFA’s photography collection.


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  • Harvey C.

    Jeff, Thanks for this great meet up. I could not believe Ansel Adams was so ahead of his time. Ansel reminds me of Frank Lloyd Wright.

    July 20, 2013

  • Rita

    Amazing exhibit. I am really happy to have been able to view this show. Thanks Jeff!

    July 20, 2013

  • Barbara A.

    Jeff - Jim and I are unable to attend today after all.

    July 20, 2013

  • James O.

    life intrudes

    July 19, 2013

  • Eileen K.

    I have had this show on my list of "To Dos"!!

    July 16, 2013

  • James O.

    might add one more, need to get closer to the date to find out!

    July 3, 2013

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  • Jim L
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  • Harvey C.
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  • Jane L.
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