The Altered Landscape
Photographs of a Changing Environment

Showcasing photographs that examine human interaction and intervention with environments The Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment is the Museum’s signature photography collection. A significant exhibition with an accompanying publication, The Altered Landscape represents a milestone for the Museum on the occasion of its 80th Anniversary in 2011.

“As a museum of ideas we believe that photography has the power to shape the way people and cultures view themselves and the world around them,” said David B. Walker, CEO | Executive Director, Nevada Museum of Art. “The Altered Landscape, Carol Franc Buck Collection – the Museum’s growing signature permanent collection of nearly nine-hundred photographs – surveys a broad range of environment-based issues that are relevant to our shared contemporary experiences.”

The Altered Landscape Photography Collection was founded in the early 1990s and consists of more than 1,000 images. Thanks to a generous endowment, and the continuing support of Carol Franc Buck and the Carol Franc Buck Foundation, the Museum has built an impressive collection of photographs worthy of international attention. Some of the leading photographers in this collection include Bernd and Hilla Becher, Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Edward Burtynsky, Amy Stein, Terry Evans, David Maisel, Olivo Barbieri and Fandra Chang. The momentum of the Collection's growth and depth became the scholarly groundwork for the 2009 launch of the Museum's Center for Art + Environment (CA+E), an internationally-recognized research center that supports the practice, study and awareness of creative interactions between people and their natural, built and virtual environments.

“These photographers reveal the ways that individuals and industries have marked, mined, toured, tested, developed, occupied, and exploited landscapes over the last fifty years,” commented Ann M. Wolfe, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections, Nevada Museum of Art. “Viewing these photographs as a collection reveals that much of today’s human activity involves the physical alteration of land and the making of marks on the Earth and that the Earth’s surface offers an irrefutable record of human civilization’s impressive endeavors—as well its worst failures.”

This exhibition will be available to travel to national and international institutions in spring 2012.

Related Publication

The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive, 288-page deluxe publication published by Skira Rizzoli that examines the collection’s roots in the 1970s New Topographics movement and highlights recent photographic acquisitions in this rapidly changing field.

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The Nevada Museum of Art gratefully acknowledges the following supporters for their enthusiastic support of The Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment. Major Sponsor: Carol Franc Buck Foundation; Sponsors: National Endowment for the Arts, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Generous Supporters: Wilhelm and Elke Hoppe Living Trust; The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, RBC Wealth Management, Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa, Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser, Stremmel Gallery, Maureen Mullarkey, Kathie Bartlett; Additional Support: Cultural Services of the French Embassy, New York. Grants for equipment and technology from the following organizations also made this project possible: The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) with the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Related Programs and Events

  • The Altered Landscape Members Premiere Hosted by NV Energy

    Thursday September 29, 2011 / 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Museum members are treated to an exclusive night of live music and cash bar in the atrium as we showcase our signature photography collection. $4 Kids Open Art Studio available. Admission is free for Museum members with valid member card.

  • Educators' Evening: The Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment

    Thursday October 6, 2011 / 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

    Early childhood, elementary, secondary and post-secondary educators are invited to a special reception featuring The Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment. Join Charles N. Mathewson Curator of Education Colin M. Robertson for an introduction to this exhibition featuring nearly 150 photographs from the Museum's permanent collection.

    Attendance to the reception is FREE for educators, thanks to the generosity of The William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, Inc.

    Light refreshments will be served and registered participants will receive materials for use in the classroom. Stay late and enjoy First Thursday at the Museum!

    Space is limited and preference is given to Northern Nevada public school teachers. Private and home school educators will be registered as space permits. To register for this program, please contact Claire Munoz at claire.munoz@nevadaart.org with your name, school and grade level.

  • Second Saturdays are FREE

    Saturday October 8, 2011 / 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Second Saturdays are FREE at the Nevada Museum of Art, throughout 2011! Come meet the staff, interact with the exhibitions and learn about the educational programs and unique activities we offer to our community. Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to share the Museum with family and friends!

  • Meet the Critic: A Dialogue with Rebecca Solnit on The Altered Landscape

    Thursday October 20, 2011 / 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

    San Francisco-based writer Rebecca Solnit is among the brightest minds illuminating the relationship of people to the places they inhabit. Join Solnit as she participates in a dialogue with Colin M. Robertson, the Charles N. Mathewson Curator of Education, examining the ideas central to the exhibition of The Altered Landscape. Solnit is the author of thirteen books and innumerable essays exploring ideas about art and photography, landscape, public life, memory, politics and ecology. She is also contributing editor to Harper’s, and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Lannan Literary Award.

    This program is generously sponsored by the University of Nevada, Reno Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism in collaboration with Nevada Humanities, and funded with generous support by the UNR College of Liberal Arts Hilliard Endowment and the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust. Cosponsored by the Nevada Museum of Art’s Center for Art + Environment, in collaboration with UNR's Literature and Environment Program.

  • Home School Dose of Art Project - The Altered Landscape

    Thursday October 27, 2011 / 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

    Home school parents, teachers and students are invited to participate in a hands-on art project related to The Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment. Participants are encouraged to self-tour the galleries and The Altered Landscape exhibition at their own pace prior to or following the workshop. A docent-led hands-on art project will be taught at 1:00 pm in the Redfield Learning Center.

    Space is limited and tickets must be purchased online and in advance. The $3 ticket price includes admission to the Museum and applies to all parents, teachers and students participating in the program.

  • Meet the Curator: Ann M. Wolfe on The Altered Landscape

    Friday October 28, 2011 / 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

    Ann M. Wolfe has spent two years preparing the exhibition of the Museum’s premiere collection, The Altered Landscape. Join Ann for a gallery-based exploration of key works in the exhibition.

    Art Bites in 2011 are made possible, in part, by a grant from Nevada Humanities.

  • Environmental Portraits: In-Service for Art Educators at the Nevada Museum of Art

    Saturday November 5, 2011 / 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Northern Nevada public Middle and High School Art teachers are invited to participate in a one-day workshop. This one day hands-on workshop will focus on environmental inspirations, teaching concepts, seeing, thinking, and collecting to create a heightened awareness of your surroundings.

    Course is offered for 0.5 in-service credits through the State of Nevada. A $100 stipend will be given to participating educators. Space is reserved for Northern Nevada public middle and high school art teachers. Private school teachers can call for wait-list information, but should be aware that priority will be given to public school educators.

    For more information or to register, please contact Claire Munoz at 775.329.3333 x 253 or claire.munoz@nevadaart.org

  • Second Saturdays are FREE

    Saturday November 12, 2011 / 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Second Saturdays are FREE at the Nevada Museum of Art, throughout 2011! Come meet the staff, interact with the exhibitions and learn about the educational programs and unique activities we offer to our community. Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to share the Museum with family and friends!

  • Landscape Paintings

    Sunday November 27, 2011 / 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Families will tour Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment then create their own landscapes in paint.Admission to hands/ON! is free and is sponsored by the Mathewson CLAT #4, Sato Foundation, Terry Lee Wells Foundation, City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission, and Dermody Properties Foundation. One-hour sessions beginning at noon, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. Bring the entire family for this free, fun program featuring hands-on art projects and gallery activities for all ages. Space is limited to the first 60 participants for each hour of the program.

  • Meet the Artist: Peter Goin on The Altered Landscape

    Friday December 2, 2011 / 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

    Reno photographer Peter Goin was instrumental in the founding of the Museum’s most important collection, The Altered Landscape. Learn about the early development of this collection, and his own impressive work within it, from the artist himself.

  • Meet the Artist: Raheleh Zomorrodinia on art and environment in Iran with Bozena Welborne

    Friday December 9, 2011 / 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

    Iranian artist Raheleh Zomorrodinia has been exploring the intersections of art and environment since 2004, when she began participating in festivals of environmentally-oriented art festivals across Iran. Learn from Zomorrodinia about her cross-cultural experience as a photographer, and related political issues with Bozena Welborne, professor of political science.

  • Second Saturdays are FREE

    Saturday December 10, 2011 / 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Second Saturdays are FREE at the Nevada Museum of Art, throughout 2011! Come meet the staff, interact with the exhibitions and learn about the educational programs and unique activities we offer to our community. Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to share the Museum with family and friends!

  • Meet the Artist: Jim Denevan and a Special Screening of Art Hard

    Saturday December 17, 2011 / 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Land artist Jim Denevan—the creative force behind Outstanding in the Field—traveled thousands of miles to make an enormous drawing on the frozen surface of the world’s largest lake, Siberia’s Lake Baikal. Enduring sub-zero temperatures and blistering winds, five participants inscribed the ice with a series of circles based on the Fibonacci sequence to create what has been called the world’s largest drawing. Art Hard documents the creation of this monumental drawing. Special guest appearance by the artist.

  • Meet the Artist: Todd Hido on The Altered Landscape

    Friday January 6, 2012 / 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

    Todd Hido’s remarkable nocturnal images of suburban neighborhood environments glow with an unusual, mysterious light. Learn about the range of ideas his photography explores directly from the artist.

    ART BITES ARE FREE FOR MUSEUM MEMBERS STARTING IN 2012.
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David Maisel, Terminal Mirage 13, (Ed. 4/5), 2003 (printed 2007). Dye Coupler Print, 48 x 48 inches. Collection of Nevada Museum of Art, The Altered Landscape, Carol Franc Buck Collection.

Fandra Chang, End of Horizons (Ed. 2/3) (Derived from Eyewire Images: Main Street America E008417), 2000. Fuji Crystal Archive on Plexiglas, 13 x 59 x 1/2 inches. Collection of the Nevada Museum of Art, The Altered Landscape, Carol Franc Buck Collection.

Olivo Barbieri, site specific_NYC 07 (1), 2007. Inkjet print, 48 x 60 inches. Collection of Nevada Museum of Art, The Altered Landscape, Carol Franc Buck Collection.

Robert Adams, Burning Oil Sludge, Boulder County, Colorado, 1974. Gelatin silverprint, 5 x 7 inches. Collection of Nevada Museum of Art, The Altered Landscape, Carol Franc Buck Collection.

Pipo Nguyen-duy, Lazy Boy, (Ed. 5/7 ) (From the series "East of Eden"), Printed in 2006. Vintage Chromogenic Print on Fuji Crystal Archive Paper mounted on Sintra, 30 x 40 inches. Collection of Nevada Museum of Art, The Altered Landscape, Carol Franc Buck Collection.

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