Shifting Ground: Landscapes from the UAG and Local Collections

Exhibition Dates
September 13 – December 8 2017
Exhibition Location
University Art Gallery, Frick Fine Arts Building, University of Pittsburgh

Please note that gallery access may be affected due to the installation of the Museum Studies Exhibition, between October 30 and November 9.

This exhibition presents artworks selected from the University Art Gallery’s permanent collection as well as loans from local artists and institutions, with a focus on landscapes and representations of Nature. 

Pastoral, agricultural, urban, architectural or industrial landscapes testify to modes of representation and aesthetic conventions, shaped by artistic, religious, political or philosophical motivations. As a human-fabricated concept, Nature is presented as opposed to Human. Has this binary perception influenced how we define and shape our environment?

The exhibition features artworks from Pittsburgh artists Duncan MacDiarmid, Christine Holtz and Lauren Zadikow, and Nina Young, documentary photographs from the Detre Library and Archives at the Heinz History Center and the University Archives Center of the University of Pittsburgh, and artist books from Pitt's Frick Fine Arts Library. 

A joint opening reception with the exhibition Isabelle Hayeur. A Part from Nature will be held on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, from 5-7pm. 
The gallery will be closed on Monday, October 9, for Fall break.
There will be special hours for Homecoming on Friday, October 13, until 6pm.
Guided tours and discussions on the exhibition will be offered.

The exhibition was developed following the May 2017 academic workshop Consuming Nature: Landscapes through the lens of the Anthropocene, which was organized by Alex Taylor and Isabelle Chartier from the department of History of Art and Architecture, and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Visitors will find selected books from the University of Pittsburgh Library System chosen from the Mellon workshop, and on view in the gallery until October 27.

Visitors are also invited to discover a thematic book selection, assembled by the librarians of the Frick Fine Arts Library, available in the Reference room of the library, under the name "Consuming Nature".