Episode No. 495 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curators Chris Oliver and Corey Piper.
Oliver is the curator of “Virginia Arcadia: The Natural Bridge in American Art” at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. The exhibition, which is on view through August 1, examines how artists portrayed the Natural Bridge, the famed landscape feature in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Despite being in the South, a region rarely visited by artists who tended to focus their work on the northeast, the Natural Bridge attracted artists such as Frederic Church and David Johnson who were interested in its geology, its association with Thomas Jefferson (who owned the land that contains the Natural Bridge), how it could be used to address American republicanism and Union, and more. The exhibition is accompanied by a small catalogue published by VMFA, which offers it for $20.
Along with Brandon Ruud, Corey Piper is the co-curator of “Americans in Spain: Painting and Travel, 1820-1920” at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia. It looks at a period when both American artists and Europeans rushed into Spain to chronicle its scenic landscapes and cities and to learn from painters such as Velasquez, and considers how Spain and Spanish art informed America’s art. The exhibition is at the Chrysler through May 16; it will travel to the Milwaukee Art Museum. The fine exhibition catalogue is available from Indiebound and Amazon for about $60.
Images discussed on this week’s program will be uploaded by Sunday. Sorry for the delay.
Air date: April 29, 2021.