We have two big exhibitions going up this week, which means adrenaline is flowing and the creative services team is working long hours.
The first of the two exhibitions, Nature as Artifice, originated in the Netherlands and was curated by Maartje van den Heuvel. Nature as Artifice looks at the dichotomy between the perception, inspired by the tradition of Dutch landscape painting, of an idyllic agrarian Dutch landscape and the reality of the planned, manipulated landscape for which the Netherlands is known today. The show features work by many well known contemporary Dutch artists including Hans Aarsman, Wout Berger, Cary Markerink and Theo Baart, Edwin Zwakman, Marnix Goossens, Frank van der Salm and others. The photographs in this exhibition are spectacular–there really is something to be said about Dutch light.
Several of the artists and the curator will participate in a panel discussion and opening party on Friday, June 12, 2009. The exhibition is on view at Eastman House from June 13 through August 16. After its run here the show will travel to the Aperture Gallery in New York City.
The second show in the midst of installation is a rehanging of the seminal 1975 George Eastman House exhibition New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape. The recreation of New Topographics was organized by the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona and George Eastman House. This landmark exhibition will travel to seven venues in the United States and Europe.
Jessica Johnston is an Assistant Curator in the Department of Photographs at George Eastman House. She manages numerous exhibitions and projects at the museum including our recent participation on the Flickr Commons.
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