Albert Bierstadt, Carlton Watkins, & Yosemite Valley by Historian David Davison
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
James A. Smillie, The Rocky Mountains, after Albert Bierstadt, 1866, Engraving, 16 3/4 x 27 7/8 in., Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Warner
Join the Museum in welcoming historian David Davison for a lively discussion about artists Albert Bierstadt and Carlton Watkins, and the artistic impact of their depictions of Yosemite Valley. During the mid–late nineteenth century, American society grew increasingly aware of the region’s natural beauty due in great part to the photographs of Carlton Watkins and the paintings of Albert Bierstadt. These two artists saw the land differently, and thus were key to the profound change in how Americans would come to permanently understand and appreciate the value of the western American landscape.
Guilford-based Davison served as the president and CEO of the American Savings Foundation in New Britain from 2000–2015, capping a 39-year career in nonprofits.
Free with Museum admission
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm