Name: Issues in Science and Technology Publisher: National Academy of Sciences Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Science and technology Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 National Academy of Sciences ISSN:0748-5492
Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Nevada Museum of Art, Reno
Situated at the geographic nexus of awe-inspiring scenery and
rapidly-changing surroundings, the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno is an
ideal place for conversations about the ways that humans creatively
interact with natural, built, and virtue; environments. Showcasing
photographs that examine human interaction and intervention with
environments The Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing
Environment is the Museum's signature photography collection. An
exhibition of the photographs premiered at the Museum in the fall of
2011 on the occasion of its 80th Anniversary.
Although The Altered Landscape collection represents a wide
diversity of artists, techniques, visual styles, subjects, and
ideological positions, it is unified by two basic principles: a concern
for inspiring dialogue about the impact of human activity on landscapes
and an effort to depart from idealized notions of scenic beauty and
pristine wilderness that were dominant in the early 20th century. Among
the 150 artists included in the exhibition are Robert Adams, Lewis
Baltz, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Edward Burtynsky, Fandra Chang, Terry
Evans, David Maisel, and Amy Stein.
The Altered Landscape Photography Collection was founded in the
early 1990s and consists of more than 900 images. Thanks to a generous
endowment and the continuing support of Carol Franc Buck and the Carol
Franc Buck Foundation, the Museum has built an impressive collection of
photographs worthy of international attention. The momentum of the
collection's growth and depth became the scholarly groundwork for
the 2009 launch of the Museum's Center for Art + Environment, an
internationally-recognized research center that supports the practice,
study, and awareness of creative interactions between people and their
natural, built, and virtual environments.
We are very grateful to the museum and the artists who have given
Issues permission to reproduce these stunning and thought-provoking
images. Information about the artists can be found on page 92.
The 288-page book, The Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing
Environment (Rizzoli, 2011), can be purchased through the Nevada Museum
of Art website at http://bit.ly/albook.
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