On view December 20, 2014 through May 31, 2015

Featuring more than 20 paintings and works on paper from the Museum’s permanent collection, Picturing Land and Sea explored how artists perceive and portray the natural world. From romantic depictions of the American wilderness to colorful, geometric renderings of the French countryside, this exhibition highlighted key stylistic movements from the past 150 years. Including work by Abraham Walkowitz, Adolf Gottlieb, Elaine de Kooning, Roy Lichtenstein, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, and others, Picturing Land and Sea explored the diverse interpretations of these overlapping sources of inspiration. Many of the works exhibited here were celebratory, others more reactionary; while some depict land and sea in straightforward ways, others seek to capture a momentary feeling. Taken together, they invite us to reconsider our relationship with the natural world.