Expanding Horizons: Painting and Photography of American and Canadian Landscape 1860-1918
June 18 - September 27, 2009
The true province of Landscape Art is the representation of the work of God in the visible creation, independent of man, or not dependent on human action.
- Asher Durand, American Hudson River School Painter
You people have my lands. Let them send the buffalo back, and take their own people to the reserve where they come from. Give us the prairies again and we won't ask for food. But it is too late. It is too late; it is too late.
- Foremost Man, Cree chief
We have seen the great forests destroyed, the pure waters polluted, the kindly climate changed, the great aspect of nature's beauty marred and obliterated. We have brought about all of this in the name of civilization, and we call it progress.
- Wilfred Campbell, Canadian poet
The time will come when New York will be built up, when all the grading and filling will be done... the Island will have been converted into formations for rows of monotonous straight streets and piles of erect buildings... with the single exception of the few acres contained in the Park. Then the priceless value of the present picturesque outlines of the ground will be more distinctly perceived. It therefore seems desirable to interfere with its easy undulating outlines, and picturesque, rocky scenery as little as possible.
- Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of Central Park
...Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
- Emma Lazarus, American poet
Words inscribed on a tablet within the pedestal beneath the Statue of Liberty, New York harbor
It is the unexplainable thing in nature that makes me feel the world is big far beyond my understanding -- to understand maybe by trying to put it into form. To find the feeling of infinity on the horizon line or just over the next hill.
- Georgia O'Keeffe, American artist
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