Past Exhibitions

Natural Selections

September 7, 2013 - March 16, 2014

The Addison’s rich and diverse collection, numbering over 17,000 works, offers infinite opportunities for study and reflection.  This selection from the Addison collection was chosen to complement the fall 2013 exhibition James Prosek: The Spaces in Between, in which the fall 2013 Edward E. Elson artist-in-residence raised questions about how we recognize and interpret the natural world. Whether a treasured masterpiece or a lesser-known work, each object in this exhibition has been chosen to evidence the artist’s relation to the natural environment. 

Nature imposes itself in small and grand ways in the works assembled here—a fragment of sylvan landscape or seascape glimpsed through the window behind the sitter, a panoramic landscape of grand intention spread across the canvas, a meticulously detailed segment of woods or bountiful garden or animal specimen. While the scientist offers us a structured framework and systematic ordering of natural phenomena, it is through the lens of the imaginative artist we learn to see and appreciate our natural world—light, land, sky, water, flora, fauna, and the cosmos in which we live.

Generous support for this exhibition was provided by the Mollie Bennett Lupe and Garland M. Lasater Exhibitions Fund.