Picturing the Sublime

Prepare to be awed. Picturing the Sublime: Photographs from the Joseph and Charlotte Lichtenberg Collection is now open. Here’s just a taste, but be warned: these photos reveal much more when viewed up close. For a smaller show (eleven works in total), I’m surprised by the range in content—there’s everything from the raw and untouched beauty of Richard Misrach‘s deserts to Edward Burtynsky‘s landscapes, so altered by human activity that I almost feel guilty calling them beautiful. The exhibition is on view through January 13, 2013, and on November 15 exhibition curator Susan Behrends Frank discusses the photographers and their works in a Curator’s Perspective.

Amy Wike, Publicity and Marketing Coordinator

Entrance to the exhibition Picturing the Sublime

Photo: Amy Wike

Image of three photographs featured in the Picturing the Sublime exhibition

Left to right: (1) Lynn Davis, Iceberg XI, Disko Bay, Greenland, 2004 (2) Carleton Watkins, Lower Yosemite Fall, 418 Feet, 1865-66 (3) Richard Misrach, Battleground Point #5, 1999. Photo: Amy Wike

Approaching Storms

Ernest Lawson, Approaching Storm, 1919 -- 1920, Oil on canvas mounted on wood

Ernest Lawson, Approaching Storm, 1919 -- 1920, Oil on canvas mounted on wood; 24 3/4 x 30 in.; 62.865 x 76.2 cm.. Acquired 1922.

Henry Varnum Poor, Approaching Storm, undated, Watercolor, gouache, ink and charcoal on paper

Henry Varnum Poor, Approaching Storm, undated, Watercolor, gouache, ink and charcoal on paper; 5 3/4 x 7 in.; 14.605 x 17.78 cm. Acquisition date unknown.

Like many other D.C. area residents, I made my way in to work this morning from an electricity-free neighborhood, past a lot of large broken trees and a smashed car, and through some dark intersections. Friday night’s weather is still being felt. With weather on the brain, I decided to search our collection to see what images we have of storms aside from those I’m familiar with. I found it interesting that we have three works in the collection called Approaching Storm by three very different artists. But maybe I should be looking ahead, thinking positive, and instead find images of electricity.

Louis Michel Eilshemius, Approaching Storm, 1890, Oil on cardboard

Louis Michel Eilshemius, Approaching Storm, 1890, Oil on cardboard; 22 5/8 x 26 5/8 in.; 57.4675 x 67.6275 cm.. Acquired 1937.