Reframing America—Yosemite: Then and Now

Opening day of exhibit.

When: Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, 11 a.m.

Where: S.B. Museum of Art, 1130 State St., Santa Barbara

Cost: $6 - $9

Age limit: All ages

Categories: Art (opening)


Reframing America is the unifying theme for SBMA's five exhibitions in the fall that address, each in a distinctive or even idiosyncratic way, the concept of America. Each show can be said to exemplify in one regard or another, an idea proposed by Van Wyck Brook in his seminal essay, On Creating a Usable Past (1918). The author advocated the embrace of the creative impulse in forming a distinct, American history free from conventional constraints, including those of what was then considered the European establishment. Embracing the freedom of invention inherent in this notion, all five exhibitions imagine America differently, while also examining it as not just a place, but also as an idea--one with a past, a present, and a future.

Yosemite: Then and Now
October 2, 2010 - January 23, 2011

From the moment the first photographs of Yosemite were seen, that unparalleled landscape became a photographer’s mecca. From the traditional landscape views, made by Carleton Watkins and Eadweard Muybridge in the 1860s, to modern abstractions by David Stroup and Kate Jordahl, Yosemite is both sublime subject and spiritual metaphor. The 22 photographs in this exhibition demonstrate not only the changing medium of photography but also the changing perception of this iconic national park.

Drawing from the growing collection of photographic images in the permanent collection of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the exhibition ranges from the 1860s to 2004 and includes mammoth-plate images by the pioneers of the 19th century, the well-known views of Ansel Adams in the 20th century, and the time-lapse images of Trevor Paglen in the 21st century.

Phone: 805-963-4364

Event posted Sept. 15, 2010
Last updated Sept. 15, 2010


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