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The Long View
From Conservation to Sustainability
Works from the Bank of America Collection
Opens at the Morris Museum of Art on June 10, 2023
AUGUSTA, GA (Wednesday, April 26, 2023)—The Long View: From Conservation to Sustainability | Works from the Bank of American Collection, opens at the Morris Museum of Art on Saturday, June 10, 2023. This exhibition—a survey of the history of the environmental movement and the impact made by its photographers, painters, printmakers, sculptors, and multimedia artists on our awareness of the relationship of man with nature—captures the evolution of a global worldview from the early days of the nineteenth century’s industrial revolution to our own times, when environmental change affects every aspect of daily life.
“Our partnership with the Morris Museum of Art and this exhibition is part of our commitment to help communities thrive and create a greater cultural understanding,” said Ora Parish, president Bank of America Greater Augusta / Aiken.
“We’re always pleased to have an opportunity to work with our partners at Bank of America,” said Kevin Grogan, director, Morris Museum of Art. “particularly when it serves a larger, more socially conscious purpose as “The Long View Clearly does.”
The Long View shares a sense of how environmental awareness developed through 88 works of art that are categorized in four, broad thematic sections—The Beginnings of Conservation, Push and Pull, The Emergence of Conservation Activism, and Working Towards a Sustainable Vision. It features iconic pieces by many world-renowned artists of the past two hundred years, including naturalist/ornithologist John James Audubon, Regionalist painter and printmaker Thomas Hart Benton, photographer Ansel Adams, and master-of-all-mediums Robert Rauschenberg whose influence on contemporary art was pervasive—this to cite just a few of the many important artists included in the exhibition.
The Beginnings of Conservation features artists from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries whose works captured the adventurous spirit and curiosity of Americans who explored the continent and went on to influence the nascent environmental movement.
Push and Pull—Industry and Environment features works from the first half of the twentieth century, including iconic images by photojournalists documented the “Dust Bowl,” when unsustainable farming practices and extreme drought created a disaster of both natural and human origin. These indelible images reached newspaper and magazine readers around the world during the Great Depression of the 1930s.
The Emergence of Conservation Activism focuses on the art of the postwar era and the emerging ecology movement of the1960s and1970s. When the first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970, millions of Americans celebrated the fundamental change in values that the event represented. Today, Earth Day is celebrated in more than 193 nations.
In Working Towards a Sustainable Vision, contemporary artists focus our attention on ways humanity has radically transformed the planet, and how we must protect it. A long line of artists have identified with the Earth, encouraging recycling and the regeneration of nature: art with an ecological conscience.
The Long View: From Conservation to Sustainability | Works from the Bank of American Collection remains on display at the Morris Museum though November 5, 2023.
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Morris Museum of Art I founded in 1985 and opened to the public in 1992, the Morris Museum of Art is the oldest museum in the country that is devoted to the art and artists of the American South. The museum’s permanent collection includes more than six thousand works of art, dating from the late-eighteenth century to the present. The Morris is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., and on Sunday, noon–5:00 p.m. For more information about the Morris Museum of Art, visit www.themorris.org or call 706-724-7501.
Sunday, June 4, 2:00–4:00 p.m. Artrageous! Family Sunday: Plant Swap & Clinic.
Bring a plant, take a plant. Bring your seedlings or cuttings to swap. Also bring samples or pictures of your houseplants and garden to our plant expert to get a diagnosis and treatment, for their ills. No plants, No problem! Plant some seeds to take home and enjoy iced coffee and lemonade. FREE.
Thursday, June 15, 6:00-8:00p.m. The Long View: From Conservation to Sustainability I Works from the Bank of America Collection.
Celebrate the opening of The Long View: From Conservation to Sustainability, an exhibition of eighty-eight artworks that trace the history and impact of the environmental movement through art. A lecture by Katherine Moore, president of the Georgia Conservancy, is followed by a reception in the galleries.
Moore will discuss the history of Georgia’s conservation efforts in the wake of the heightening environmental consciousness that emerged during the last century. Her presentation culminates in giving a picture of our present landscape and offering an outline for Georgia’s future. She’ll explore where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re headed. Members, $5; nonmembers, $20. Place reservations by June 8 online or call 706-828-3825.
Thursday, July 6, 4:00–5:00 p.m. Create with Me: Terrific Terrariums.
Make a mini terrarium! Get inspired by The Long View exhibition, then create your very own world inside a recycled glass container and decorate it with found materials. Family members and parents, free; nonmembers, $5. For kids, toddler to tween. Advance registration required. Register on our website or call 706-828-3867.
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