Downstream: Encounters with the Colorado River, featuring Karen Halverson
The New West: Colorado Photography Now, featuring Kevin O'Connell (Gallery 101)
Fort Collins Museum of Art
May 16 - July 3, 2014
Karen Halverson - Lodore Canyon CO
From May 16 to July 3, 2014, the Fort Collins Museum of Art will host an important exhibition of photographs by world-renowned photographer Karen Halverson that documents the flow of the Colorado River from its source in the Southern Rocky Mountains of Colorado to its mouth at the Gulf of California. Downstream: Encounters with the Colorado River captures the majestic beauty of the river’s course through Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, California, Baja California and Sonora. The exhibition also reveals how nature and the man-made environment co-exist in the American West.
Halverson lives in the Northeast, but fell in love with the American West during a cross-country trip to Stanford University where she received a bachelor’s degree in 1963. She studied photography with Garry Winogrand and Joel Meyerowitz. Her photographs have been exhibited at the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Huntington Library and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Halverson’s panoramic views evoke historical and survey photography of the West by Timothy H. O’Sullivan and Carleton Watkins. They also juxtapose nature and culture in a way that honors both. In an essay for the book about Halverson’s Colorado River photographs, William Deverell writes:
…the Colorado River carries the stories of the past through the American West. Glimpses of that past lie at the edges and in the shadows of Karen Halverson’s photographs: it is exciting to look at these pictures as ways to open up conversations with, and about, history.
A second exhibition in the museum’s Gallery 101 highlights the work of Colorado landscape photographer Kevin O’Connell. O’Connell’s spare photographs depict depleting (and depleted) water holes as well as the visual and psychological impact of energy development on the western plains. O’Connell is one of Colorado’s most accomplished photographers and his work; together with Halverson’s is an excellent point of departure in exploring our relationship with nature and her resources.
The museum is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm; Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Admission is $4.00 for adults; $2.00 for students with ID and seniors (over 65) and $1.00 for youth 7-18. Children 6 and under and museum members are free.
Fort Collins Museum of Art
201 S. College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday - Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm