The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Changing Views: Queering U.S. Landscapes

Thomas Moran, The Mosquito Trail, Rocky Mountains of Colorado, 1875
Thomas Cole, The Voyage of Life: Manhood, Engraving/Roulette, 1849-1859
Alan Sonfist, Natural Cultural Landscape, Sculpture, 1985

April 11, 2015 – August 16, 2015
Guest curated by John-Michael H. Warner

McCall Gallery

Culling the University of Arizona Museum of Art permanent collection, this exhibition of iconic nineteenth- and twentieth-century landscape genre art includes works by Thomas Cole and Thomas Moran and sculpture by Alan Sonfist as well as select works from the Center for Creative Photography. By questioning and queering assumptions of U.S. landscape representation, “Changing Views” stages a kaleidoscope of art displayed in sometimes jarring, uncomfortable ways in an effort to reject a nostalgic longing for a romantic past driven by privileged gender, race, and sexuality.

“Changing Views: Queering U.S. Landscapes” queries the wilderness paradigm and related representations. Specifically, this exhibition asks what happens when U.S. landscape painting, photography, graphic arts, and sculpture are de-mastered and desire for the great outdoors is exposed at its roots. “Changing Views” recognizes withstanding art histories that critique representations of the landscape as an emblem of nation and power and extends these interpretations to a matrix of discipline and difference in an effort to articulate an eco-critical art history.  Click here for more information.