Brazeau brings class to the Milwaukee Art Museum

On Wednesday April 27, Linda Brazeau, Director, UWM Art Collection and Galleries, presented a talk to her Art History class, ARTHIST 470 Topics in American Art: Re-defining American Landscape: Nature, Mind, Body at the Milwaukee Art Museum, while touring the exhibition, Nature and the American Vision, which features nearly fifty masterpieces from the New-York Historical Society’s acclaimed collection of landscape paintings. Her lecture, entitled “The Magisterial Gaze: An Elevated View of the American Landscape”, focused on selected paintings in the exhibition that feature a pictorial device – an elevated perspective that positions the viewer with an empowering panoramic view – which provided the nineteenth century audience with a visual metaphor for America’s futurity. During the tour, students raised questions and offered interpretations about the paintings.