Nature's Nation: American Art and Environment examines for the first time how American and Native American artists have both reflected and shaped our understanding of the environment.
The exhibition traces evolving ideas about the environment — and our place within it — through more than 100 works of art from the colonial period to the present by a broad range of artists.
Iconic masterpieces as well as rare and seldom-exhibited works by such artists as John James Audubon, Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Cole, Valerie Hegarty, Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Salish-Kootenai) reveal how human impact on the planet over the last three centuries, particularly in North America, compels us to reconsider the relationships between art, the environment and ourselves.
Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment has been organized by the Princeton University Art Museum. Leadership support has been provided by Shelly and Tony Malkin; Annette Merle-Smith; the Henry Luce Foundation; and the National Endowment for the Arts. We also recognize the generosity of the East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum.