No. 445: Humboldt and the United States

Episode No. 445 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curator Eleanor Jones Harvey.

Harvey is the curator of “Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature, and Culture” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington. The exhibition examines the impacts of Humboldt’s six-week visit to the United States in 1804, and how his influence extended into American art, science, literature, diplomacy, and more. SAAM is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic; the exhibition’s re-opening and closing dates are to be determined. The excellent exhibition catalogue was published by Princeton University Press. Amazon offers it for $63.

Host Tyler Green mentions photographer Barbara Bosworth’s weather-oriented Instagram account, which can be found here.

Air date: May 14, 2020.

Charles Willson Peale, Portrait of Baron von Humboldt, 1804.

Charles Willson Peale, Exhumation of the Mastodon, ca. 1806–08.

Charles Willson Peale, The Artist in His Museum, 1822.

Copy after Alexander von Humboldt, General Chart of the Kingdom of New Spain between Parallels of 16 & 38° N., from Materials in Mexico at the Commencement of year of 1804, 1804.

Frederic Edwin Church, The Natural Bridge, Virginia, 1852.

Carleton Watkins, Cascade, 1861.

Alexander von Humboldt, Tequendama Falls, from Vues des Cordilleres…, 1810.

Frederic Edwin Church, Tequendama Falls near Bogotá, Colombia, July 1853.

Frederic Edwin Church, The Falls of Tequendama, Near Bogotá, New Grenada, 1854.

Frederic Edwin Church, Mount Chimborazo through Rising Mist and Clouds, 1857.

Frederic Edwin Church, Mount Chimborazo, Ecuador, 1857.

Frederic Edwin Church, Cotopaxi, 1855.

Frederic Edwin Church, Mount Chimborazo at Sunset, 1857.

Frederic Edwin Church, Heart of the Andes, 1859.


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