The Western Sublime: Majestic Landscapes of the American West examines works of art of the American West that interpret, reinvent, and transform the idea of the sublime: an aesthetic ideal with an emotional or spiritual charge that instills awe or inspires fear. In a range of art from the mid-1800s to today, this exhibition includes paintings, drawings, photography, prints, textiles, and basketry that consider ways that the sublime landscape is understood and its effect on the peoples, histories, and cultures of the American West in the past and present. This exhibition seeks to bring the sublime landscape into contemporary contexts and create new conversations from different perspectives and artistic styles.
This exhibition will be accompanied by a 144 page, full-color catalogue with a forward by Jeremy Mikolajczak, essays by Christine Brindza and Martina Dawley, and poetry by Ofelia Zepeda, Ph.D.
This exhibition is organized by the Tucson Museum of Art and curated by Christine Brindza, Senior Curator, Glasser Curator of Art of the American West.