Student Picks: The Dichotomy of Nature: How Artists Portray the Environment

  • Thursday, September 27, 2018
  • Cunningham Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, 6:30–8 PM
  • Curated by Molly Megan '19. 

    The famous naturalist, John Muir is credited with saying: “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” This show explores two dramatically different depictions of nature with the hopes that you, the viewer will find more walking through this show than you were seeking. Audubon’s prints are careful reproductions of the natural world, demonstrating how artistry and scientific study can meld to capture an animal’s morphology and natural environment. The landscapes in this show offer a different approach to depicting nature, focusing on the emotional essence of a scene rather than transcribing a specific place. When viewed together, both bodies of work demonstrate that whether accurate representations or dramatic interpretations, works about nature can evoke feelings in all viewers, connecting them with the world around them.