American Views: Memory, Nostalgia, and the Idea of Place May 19 - July 28 2002
"American art abounds in landscape images that frame the way we look at nature and function as visual points of reference for our memory. We may be drawn to these works for their descriptive evocations of the natural world or for their power to remind us of places we have known, but seldom do we reflect on the force of this attraction. Perhaps it is a longing for 'putting down roots' in a society where 'transplanting' has become the norm. Such terms, borrowed from the lexicon of gardening, remind us that we are creatures of nature, too, and that our human condition is inextricably bound up with that of the natural world around us. In this exhibition, a selection of American landscape paintings, drawn from the permanent collection of The Parrish Art Museum, invites viewers to consider how these images of place can stir our emotions and prompt our memory."
--Alicia G. Longwell, Curator of Art, from American Views, 2002