Minnesota Marine Art Museum
through September 30, 2023
The Minnesota Marine Art Museum is presenting two simultaneous exhibitions that complement one another perfectly. First, this is the latest stop on the national tour of “The Poetry of Nature: Hudson River School Paintings from the New-York Historical Society.”
As the project’s title suggests, one of Manhattan’s leading museums has assembled some 40 of its own paintings, created by 25 artists between 1818 and 1886, to introduce viewers to this loosely knit group of artists.
Together with like-minded poets and writers, these men forged a self-consciously American aesthetic that saw nature as a resource for spiritual renewal and an expression of national identity.
The Hudson River and the varied scenery along its banks, including the Catskills, Adirondacks, and White Mountains, provided the subjects for their luminous scenes.
As if to remind visitors that great landscape painting is by no means extinct, the museum is also presenting “Creating the Illusion of Light: Contemporary Landscape Painters.”
It features two well-known Minnesota landscapists who have spent their careers teaching others to paint.
Exhibiting together for the first time, Fred Somers approaches painting like a spiritual quest, while Kami Mendlik transforms the illusion of light into something concrete.