Coastlines: Images of Land and Sea

Begin Date2010-04-25
End Date2010-08-22
CuratorsHeather MacDonald
Last Harvested At2022-03-05
Credit LineThe exhibition was organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and was made possible by the generosity of underwriters and supporters of The Art Ball, an annual fundraising event that benefits the DMA. Air transportation provided by American Airlines. Promotional support provided by Metroplex Cadillac.
LocationChilton Gallery II
OrganizerDallas Museum of Art
DescriptionCoastlines: Images of Land and Sea, an exhibition of over 50 paintings, photographs, and works on paper, explores how visual artists of the modern period (1850-present) have represented coastal landscapes. Drawn from the collection of the Dallas Museum of Art and from local collections, Coastlines will open alongside The Lens of Impressionism: Photography and Painting Along the Normandy Coast, 1850-1874, a touring exhibition on view at the DMA February 21-May 22, 2010, to give visitors both an expansive and an in-depth portrayal of the coastal experience over time and in various media. On view from April 25 through August 22, 2010, Coastlines: Images of Land and Sea will be enhanced by an evocative sound installation relating and responding directly to the works on display. Created by faculty and graduate students in the Arts and Technology (ATEC) program at the University of Texas at Dallas, this multilayer "sound-scape" will be heard throughout the exhibition and represents the most ambitious collaboration between ATEC and the Dallas Museum of Art to date. The exhibition unfolds in several thematic groupings that bring together diverse works of art to explore a particular idea or question. Impressionist paintings, for example, will be shown alongside contemporary photographs, and the landscapes depicted in these images will include those from Maine to North Africa, Cape Cod to Martinique, and beyond. Some of the DMA's masterpieces featured in the exhibition include Berthe Morisot's "The Port of Nice," Childe Hassam's "Duck Island," and Yasuio Kuniyoshi's "Bather with Cigarette," along with Edward Hopper's "Lighthouse Hill" and photographs by Frank Welch, Paul Cadmus, André Kertesz and Hiroshi Sugimoto. Organized across time, thematic groupings of artworks in the exhibition include the geographic dialogue between land and sea; the representation of coastal economics, including tourism in the visual arts; the emergence of a new and modern image of the bather; the symbolism of the coastline; and the coastal landscape as a purely visual phenomenon rather than a tangible place. Coastlines: Images of Land and Sea is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and curated by Heather MacDonald, The Lillian and James H. Clark Associate Curator of European Art.