Landscape Sublime: Contemporary Photography
John Menapace, Untitled, 1976, gelatin-silver print, 6 3/16 x 6 3/16 in., Purchased with funds from the William R. Roberson Jr. and Frances M. Roberson Endowed Fund for North Carolina Art, 2004.10.1
June 5–November 13, 2011
East Building, Level A
Landscape Sublime: Contemporary Photography features some of the best scenic images from the North Carolina Museum of Art’s permanent collection. These works illustrate locations both near and far, as some of the artists have worked in familiar surroundings—Tennessee, for example—while others ventured to Cuba, France, and Italy. The works share a serene beauty and tonal subtleties that may inspire viewers to look more closely at the world around them and perhaps embark on artistic journeys of their own.
A special section of Landscape Sublime is dedicated to the works of John Menapace, a renowned North Carolina photographer whose quietly geometric black-and-white images absorb the viewer into an atmosphere defined less by location than by vastness, mood, and the photographic process. Menapace, who died in 2010, once noted, “I think of myself as making photographs to find out why I make photographs.”