Recently, Mrs. Salvucci’s Ecology class took a trip to the Land Ho! Exhibit at the Fitchburg Art Museum, to explore and celebrate the timeless lure of landscape in art. Artists have been spellbound by the beauty and mystery of the landscape for centuries, and it is a rare and wonderful treat when landscape paintings from generations past hang side by side with works by twenty-first century talents.
The exhibit features artwork by eight New England contemporary artists – Carrie Crane, Sally Curcio, Leila Daw, Warner Friedman, Michele Lauriat, Sandy Litchfield, Shona Macdonald, and Sue McNally – in direct conversation with over thirty landscape paintings from the Museum’s permanent collection. Images by Charles Burchfield, Arthur Goodwin, Edward Hopper, Rockwell Kent, John Twachtman, and others have also returned to the galleries in a multi-scaled mash-up of landscapes old and new, iconic and fantastic, universal and personal.
“The students were asked to browse the exhibit, choose a favorite piece, and consider its tone, meaning, and perceived purpose,” said Mrs. Salvucci. “The students were also asked to consider the historical context of the human relationship with the land at the time of the creation of the work and to contrast it with what our prevailing attitude toward the land is today.”
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