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Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature, and Culture

This Weekend
Daily, Now - August 16, 2020
From: 11:30 AM to 7:00 PM

Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature, and Culture places American art squarely in the center of a conversation about Humboldt's lasting influence on the way we think about our relationship to the natural world. Humboldt's quest to understand the universe--his concern for climate change, his taxonomic curiosity centered on New World species of flora and fauna, and his belief that the arts were as important as the sciences for conveying the resultant sense of wonder in the interlocking aspects of our planet--make this a project evocative of how art illuminates some of the issues central to our relationship with nature and our stewardship of this planet.

This exhibition will be the first to examine Humboldt's impact on five spheres of American cultural development: the visual arts, sciences, literature, politics, and exploration, between 1804 and 1903. It centers on the fine arts as a lens through which to understand how deeply intertwined Humboldt’s ideas were with America’s emerging identity, grounded in an appreciation of nature. The exhibition includes more than 100 paintings, sculptures, maps, and artifacts.

Event Location

Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th & G St. NW,
Washington, DC 20004
Penn Quarter/Chinatown

Admission: Free


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Posted by: Smithsonian American Art Museum

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