Compass for Surveyors at Los Angeles

Compass for Surveyors: 19th Century American Landscapes
at Los Angeles County Museum of Art
When: Dec 21, 2012 - Dec 31, 2013

Throughout the 1800s, painters and photographers helped interpret the changing landscape as Americans settled and explored the shifting western frontier. This exhibition features all of the nineteenth century American landscape paintings from LACMA’s collection, and a selection of photographs from the same period. Thomas Eakins’s famous painting, Wrestlers, is also featured, and a surveyor’s compass from 1856, on loan from The Autry National Center, occupies the center of the gallery. The installation emphasizes the uneven and subjective nature of LACMA’s collection: the East Coast works, hung salon-style, dramatically outnumber the museum’s canvases portraying the West. Conversely, representations of the West abound in the museum's holdings of early photography, while there are fewer photographs depicting the East.
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