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Landscape Art Program Coming to Cultural Heritage

The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will host a special webcast of the Smithsonian Institution’s American Art Museum’s program, “Landscapes in Passing,” at 2 p.m. CST on Sunday, March 9, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

The program, in the center’s education room, is hosted by The American Art Museum and features a panel discussion led by Curator Lisa Hostetler, who will facilitate a discussion about evocative images of the American Landscape with photographers Steve Fitch, Robbert Flick and Elaine Mayes. The multimedia presentation will focus on how all three photographers challenged traditional representations of the American landscape beginning in the 1970s as they acknowledged the country's increasingly mobile society.

There is no fee to view the program, but standard admission fees apply for visitors wanting to go into the museum galleries. “Landscapes in Passing” was originally broadcast on Sept. 12, 2013, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

“Photography and history have long been joined in a variety of ways,” said Jay Smith, director of the Museum of the State Historical Society. “We are especially pleased to present this program from The American Art Museum that focuses on landscape photography and how it has both changed over time and reflected an evolving culture and society. Our audience will be inspired and entertained by this topic.”

The State Historical Society became a Smithsonian Affiliate in January 2013 and is the only one in South Dakota.

About Smithsonian Affiliations
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