Earth and Sky: Photographs by Barbara Bosworth

June 19, 2008 — November 11, 2008

Smithsonian American Art Museum (8th and G Streets, NW)
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Barbara Bosworth, National Champion Valley Oak, California, 1994, 1994, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Haluk and Elisa Soykan © 1994, Barbara Bosworth

Nature's strength, endurance, and fragility are captured in the dynamic work of Barbara Bosworth (b. 1953). Best known for her photographs of National Champion trees—the largest identified example of each species in the United States—Bosworth creates panoramic images using a unique method that combines multiple large-format negatives in a single print. The exhibition, which celebrates a recent gift of the artist's work, features thirty-nine of Bosworth's photographs, including The Bitterroot River, an extended narrative sequence that deals with loss and recovery, and her most recent color photographs of songbirds and the New England landscape surrounding her home near Boston. While Bosworth's subjects appear direct and straightforward, her images are notable for their grace and emotional resonance. Surveying two decades of her photographs, this exhibition reveals an artist who speaks with singular passion and sentiment for the American landscape. Toby Jurovics, curator for photography, is the exhibition curator.


Haluk Soykan and Elisa Frederickson generously donated the photographs in this exhibition. The Bernie Stadiem Endowment Fund supports the exhibition of Earth and Sky: Photographs by Barbara Bosworth.