Pastoral Light, curated by Allie Copeland of NB Free Public Library
August 15 - December 31
In the 19th century, landscapes had become increasingly popular subjects for American artists, as the first industrial revolution meant more families living in urban centers looking for vicarious experiences in their art. This interest gave rise to “artist adventurers” like William Bradford, and allowed for the development of new movements in American art such as the Hudson River School painters represented by Albert Bierstadt. A pastoral or picturesque landscape might evoke feelings of calm, comfort, or harmony and encourage the viewer to leisurely reflect on the vista depicted.
This exhibition is part of DATMA’s Light: 2020 exhibition series and is presented in partnership with the New Bedford Free Public Library and exhibited in the City Gallery in the New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks!. Visit www.newbedfordart.org for museum hours and visitor information. There is a modest entry fee to help cover Museum costs, however the New Bedford Free Public Library offers admission tickets to NBAM/AW! for New Bedford residents and library card holders.