Western Art Collector
North by Northwest
Norwegian and American landscape photography are the subjects of a new exhibit at the National Nordic Museum.
Aunique new exhibition that will explore the similarities and differences of American and Norwegian landscape photography is now open at the National Nordic Museum in Seattle.
Across the West and Toward the North: Norwegian and American Landscape Photography—which draws from the collections of Norway’s Norsk Folkemuseum, University of Bergen Libraries, and the holdings of private collector Ron Perisho—examines late 19thcentury and early 20th-century photography of Norway and the American West side by side. The exhibition will feature works by Scandinavian photographers Anders Beer Wilse, Axel Lindahl, Knud Knudsen and Marcus Selmer, and American photographers Carleton Watkins, A.J. Russell, Timothy O’sullivan and William Henry Jackson, among others. Most of the photographers worked in the 19th and 20th centuries.
“The exhibition investigates the artists’ attempts through personal initiative or as part of government surveys to photograph a national landscape in relation to diverse political, economic, and cultural interests. The viewer is asked to take a deeper look at both the similarities and the differences of the photographers’ attempt to build a national identity based on the notion of wilderness being conquered by new technology,” the museum notes. “Additional programming will take visitors through the exhibition from the Indigenous viewpoint of these regions, considering the impact of the expansion of infrastructure, extraction of mineral resources and Indigenous dispossession.”
The exhibition will remain on view through November 27. For more information visit www.nordicmuseum.org.