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BYU adds two new exhibits to Museum of Art

By Ashtyn Asay - | Jan 25, 2022
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“Queen Esther” by Minerva Teichert, 1939, oil on canvas, will be featured in the Brigham Young University Museum of Art's “From the Vault” exhibition.
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“Pueblo Laguna, New Mexico” by William Henry Jackson, 1875, albumen print, will be featured in “Across the West and Toward the North,” a new exhibition on display at the BYU Museum of Art.

Brigham Young University will add two new exhibitions to its Museum of Art on Friday.

“Across the West and Toward the North: Norwegian and American Landscape Photography” will feature landscapes of the Norwegian and American frontiers during the late 1900s. This exhibition has been displayed in museums in Norway and the U.S. and features the work of photographers from seven different countries.

“These photos capture the majesty of environments from New Mexico to North Cape, including the struggles of traversing newly encountered landscapes, the sacrifices of the photographers who braved them, and the efforts to use these landmarks to forge national identities,” stated a press release distributed by the BYU Museum of Art. “More than the differences, visitors will be inspired by the similarities between the two regions and those who traveled, lived, and worked there.”

This exhibition was co-curated by Marthe Tolnes Fjellestad and Shannon Egan and is supported by grants from the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, Fritt Ord Foundation and the American-Scandinavian Foundation. The photographs on display in “Across the West Toward the North” are on loan from the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, Ron Perisho Collection and the University of Bergen Library.

The exhibit will be on display until July 9.

In addition to “Across the West and Toward the North,” a new exhibition in the Museum of Art’s “From the Vault” series will go on display Friday. This new exhibition will feature works from the museum’s American collection, including 18 attendee favorites from artists like Minerva Teichert, Daniel Ridgeway Knight and Norman Rockwell, as well as recently acquired works from Ernie Barnes, Elizabeth Catlett and Joseph Paul Vorst.

“We are excited to showcase a trilogy of Minerva Teichert’s that has never been displayed together before,” Liz Donakey, the museum’s educator for this exhibition, said in a press release. “Though the three paintings have hung simultaneously in the Museum, exhibiting them together will emphasize their significance, and we can’t wait for patrons to experience it!”

“From the Vault” will remain on display through 2023.

Both of the new exhibits will be on display on the lower level of the museum. For more information on these exhibits, visit moa.byu.edu/across-the-west-and-toward-the-north and moa.byu.edu/from-the-vault-highlights-from-the-american-collection.


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