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ExhibitionResource & Ruin: Wisconsin’s Enduring Landscape

Dec 19, 2022–Mar 26, 2023

Using Wisconsin as a focal point, Resource & Ruin: Wisconsin’s Enduring Landscape explores the long history of American art’s engagement with nature. “Resource” references how the landscape and natural resources have been central to representing American identity. It also encompasses how Americans have engaged with and manipulated the environment. “Ruin” refers to resource extraction, exploitation, and conservation, the results of the nation’s expansion and attempts to control nature. Wisconsin’s prairies, forests, and agricultural histories are part of the national environmental story and shed local light on national issues. Drawn primarily from the Chazen’s permanent collection and featuring key loans from the Wisconsin Historical Society, artworks of various media date from the eighteenth century to the present and represent a variety of perspectives.