American Landscapes is the first major exhibition at the David C. Driskell Center to juxtapose African American artists with their contemporaries, presenting a comprehensive narrative of the contribution of African American artists to American art canon.
The works in this exhibition were selected based on the artists’ contribution to the genre of landscape art and date from c. 1850 to 2020. Of the 73 works by 68 artists, over half were selected from the Driskell Center collection, with others borrowed from outside collections. These artists were chosen for their historical relevance and their artistry while considering individual style and influence or dialogue with their contemporaries.
Additionally, the exhibition includes a selection of 30 landscape works by Professor David C. Driskell, known for his love and depiction of pine trees, gardens, and landscapes. American Landscapes is curated by Dorit Yaron, Deputy Director, assisted by Professor Curlee R. Holton, Director, both of the David C. Driskell Center.
This exhibition could not be possible without the many lenders, artists, private collectors, galleries, museums and institutions: American University, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Andrew Edlin Gallery, Baltimore Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, Kevin Cole, Columbus Museum of Art, CulturalDC, Delaware Art Museum, Gagosian Gallery, Inc., Galerie Myrtis, Cain and Denise Hayes, Jack Shainman Gallery, Juan Logan, Darryl Love, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, Miles McEnery Gallery, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, The Phillips Collection, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Lou Stovall, Terra Foundation for American Art, University of Maryland Art Gallery, Kay WalkingStick, and Washington County Museum of Fine Art.
The exhibition and its catalogue are made possible with generous support from the Terra Foundation of Art’s grant for Re-envisioning Permanent Collections, the Maryland State Arts Council’s grant for organizations, as well as individual donations.
Landscape as an act, as verb, as knowledge, is fundamentally a fashioning of self.Horace D. Ballard, Ph.D., Curator of American art at the Willliams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Mass.
Works from 1850 - 1915
Works from 1915 - 1950
Works from 1950-1975
Works from 1975 - 2000
Works from 2000 - 2020
Works by David C. Driskell