Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art
October 23, 2016 – January 15, 2017
Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art celebrates artists’ captivation with hunting and fishing. It will be the first major art exhibition to explore the multifaceted meanings of such outdoor subjects in both painting and sculpture, ranging from the Colonial era to World War II. The exhibition encompasses a wide variety of portraits, landscapes, still lifes, and genre scenes, including iconic works by Thomas Cole, Thomas Eakins, and Winslow Homer, Alfred Jacob Miller, and Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait. In one important example after, these representations of hunting and fishing do more than merely illustrate subsistence or diverting pastimes, they connect a dynamic and developing American nation to its past and its future.
A scholarly catalogue edited by Kevin Sharp, Linda W., and S. Herbert Rhea Director of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, and published by the University of Oklahoma Press will accompany the exhibition.
This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.