Environmental Art

Holdings related to climate and the environment include contemporary photographs by Diane Burko, Edward Burtynsky, J Henry Fair, and Emmet Gowin, among others, as well as painted landscapes and studies for Christo’s Running Fence

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In keeping with Dartmouth’s longstanding leadership in teaching and research related to climate and the environment, the Hood Museum of Art has developed significant holdings of art that touches on these themes, particularly in the area of contemporary photography, with works by Subhankar BanerjeeVirginia BeahanDaniel BeltráDiane BurkoEdward BurtynskyJ Henry FairEmmet GowinPatricia MacDonaldDavid Maisel, and Ian Teh, among others.

Other works in the collection range from a 19th-century portrait of conservationist George Perkins Marsh (1801–1882), Class of 1820, to modernist landscapes by Lawren Stewart Harris. A pair of studies and a photograph of the finished work document Christo and Jeanne Claude’s monumental Running Fence (1976), which dramatized the environmental impact of human activity with a twenty-four–mile fence that, for two weeks, traced the undulating contours of a California landscape like scar.

These works reinforce what Dartmouth scholars in various disciplines are discovering about the impact of human activity on the landscape, prompting new questions and conversations when they are on view. They have been used by students from a wide range of departments including geography, geology, environmental studies, Native American studies, studio art, and art history, among others.

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Edward Burtynsky, Canadian, born 1955
Shipbreaking #31, Chittagong, Bangladesh
2001
2005.20
Edward Burtynsky, Canadian, born 1955
Shipbreaking #31, Chittagong, Bangladesh
2001
2005.20
Subhankar Banerjee, American (born India), born 1967
Caribou Migration I
2002
2006.61
Subhankar Banerjee, American (born India), born 1967
Caribou Migration I
2002
2006.61
Victor Masayesva, Jr., American / Hopi, born 1951
Ground Zero
negative 1998; print 2007
2007.37.2
Daniel Beltra, Spanish, born 1964
Agua Boa, Mato Grosso (Brasil), from the New Amazon Landscape series
August 2008
2009.26
Daniel Beltra, Spanish, born 1964
Alter Do Chao, Para (Brasil), from the Amazon Drought series
October 2005
2009.30
Subhankar Banerjee, American (born India), born 1967
Known and Unknown Tracks, from the series Oil and The Geese
negative 2006; print 2009
2009.42.1
Subhankar Banerjee, American (born India), born 1967
At the Corral - Nikolayev Matvey Gathering Reindeer, from the series Even and The Climate
negative 2007; print 2009
2009.42.2
J Henry Fair, American, born 1959
Arsenic and Water
March 2009
2011.26
David Maisel, American, born 1961
Terminal Mirage 27
2005
2011.42
Emmet Gowin, American, born 1941
Sedan Crater, Area 10, Northern End of Yucca Flat Looking South, Nevada Test Site
1996
2011.46
Diane Burko, American, born 1945
Sperry 2, from the series Glacier National Park
2010
2012.9
Shaun Slifer, American, born 1979
Macho B!, from the portfolio Migration Now
2012
2013.46.6
Naoya Hatakeyama, Japanese, born 1958
Atmos
2003
2014.66.17
Edward Burtynsky, Canadian, born 1955
Dam #3 (Yangtze River, China)
2002
2014.66.8
Christo, American (born Bulgaria), born 1935
Running Fence: Project for Sonoma and Marin Counties, California
1976
d.977.149.1
Christo, American (born Bulgaria), born 1935
Running Fence: Project for Sonoma and Marin Counties, California
1976
d.977.149.1
Christo, American (born Bulgaria), born 1935
Running Fence: Project for Sonoma and Marin Counties, California
1976
d.977.149.2
Christo, American (born Bulgaria), born 1935
Running Fence: Project for Sonoma and Marin Counties, California
1976
d.977.149.2
Edward Burtynsky, Canadian, born 1955
Oxford Tire Pile #1, Westley California
1999
2010.84.62
Gideon Mendel, South African, born 1959
Shirley Armitage, Moorland Village, Somerset, United Kingdom, February 2014; from the portolio Drowning...
2014
el.2013.48.10
Gideon Mendel, South African, born 1959
Suparat Taddee, Chumchon Ruamjai District, Bangkok, Thailand, November 2011; from the portolio Drowning...
November 2011
el.2013.48.6
Gideon Mendel, South African, born 1959
Unnamed Boy, Gonalves, Haiti, September 2008; from the portolio Drowning World
December 2008
el.2013.48.3
Gideon Mendel, South African, born 1959
Joseph Edem, and his wife Endurance and children Godfreedom, aged 10, and Josephine, 12, stand in front...
November 2012
el.2013.48.7
Gideon Mendel, South African, born 1959
Haji Sharif, Kando Khan Bozdor Village, Pakistan, Spetember 2010; from the portolio Drowning World
September 2010
el.2013.48.4
Gideon Mendel, South African, born 1959
Chinta and Samundri Davi, Salemput Village near Muzaffarpur, Bihar, India, August 2007; from the...
August 2007
el.2013.48.2
Gideon Mendel, South African, born 1959
The Home of John Jackson, Reflection of Curtains Inside a House in Toll Bar Village near Doncaster,...
2007
el.2013.48.1
Gideon Mendel, South African, born 1959
Photographs Damaged by Floodwater Dry Out in the Rocklea Suburb of Brisbane, Australia, 2011, from the...
December 2008
el.2013.48.5
Gideon Mendel, South African, born 1959
Johann Taendler, Deggendorf, Bavaria, Germany, June 2013, from the portolio Drowning World
June 2013
el.2013.48.8
Gideon Mendel, South African, born 1959
Daisy Delmo, Typhoon Haiyan, Philippines, 2013; from the portolio Drowning World
2013
el.2013.48.9
George Peter Alexander Healy, American, 1813 - 1894
George Perkins Marsh (1801-1882), Class of 1820
about 1845
p.901.4
Lawren Stewart Harris, Canadian, 1885 - 1970
Lake Superior
about 1948
p.951.77
Lawren Stewart Harris, Canadian, 1885 - 1970
Lake Superior
about 1948
p.951.77
Lawren Stewart Harris, Canadian, 1885 - 1970
Mount Washington
about 1934
p.983.8
Christo, American, born 1935
Running Fence
1976
pr.977.13
Earl Howell Reed, American, 1863 - 1931
Heralds of the Storm
early 20th century
pr.x.334.1
Earl Howell Reed, American, 1863 - 1931
Heralds of the Storm
early 20th century
pr.x.334.1