Peter Hutchinson: Landscapes of My Life

Peter Hutchinson, Shoal Beach Project, 1996, Collection of the Artist. Photograp
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On View Oct 11, 2019 - Mar 15, 2020
Exhibition Location: Foster Galleries

Foster Galleries

Since the late 1960s, Peter Hutchinson has explored the construction of nature and language through his photographs, collages, and films. He focuses on ecological systems of growth and decay, continuities between microscopic and macro scales, and the reciprocal relationships of text and image. This exhibition, the first museum survey of Hutchinson’s work in the United States in decades, traces his photographic practice across fifty years, beginning  with documentation of seminal land art installations staged in diverse locations, from the rim of a Mexican volcano to the waters of Cape Cod. The show introduces Hutchinson’s original approach to photo-conceptualism called Narrative Art, revealing his understated, playful wit and prioritization of subjective experience. Recent works on view underscore his poetic appreciation of nature through photo-collages of fantastical landscapes that combine images from his extensive world travels and beloved garden in Provincetown, MA.

Organized by Sarah Montross, Curator.

Photography at deCordova

This fall 2019 deCordova will be showcasing a series of photography and photo-related exhibitions. Spanning all of the museum’s galleries, these shows will promote a far-reaching, trans-historical examination of photography’s enduring social and artistic impact. This expansive focus on photography represents a culmination, thus far, of deCordova’s investment in the photographic arts. deCordova began exhibiting photography a year after the museum’s founding with an exhibition of work by Jules Aarons in 1951. The museum’s commitment to the medium strengthened in the 1980s when it began collecting photographs for its permanent collection and increased the number of temporary photography exhibitions in its galleries. The permanent collection now numbers over 1,500 photographs and includes works by Harold Edgerton, Nan Goldin, Lee Friedlander, Erin Shirreff, Charles “Teenie” Harris, and Irving Penn. The permanent collection continues to expand largely due to the generosity of donors and artists, particularly those with strong connections to New England. 

Born in England in 1930, Peter Hutchinson has lived in the United States since the 1960s and has been based in Provincetown since the 1980s. A vital yet largely under-acknowledged figure in the Land Art movement, Hutchinson exhibited in major exhibitions of conceptualism, Land Art and photography including Information (Museum of Modern Art, New York) and Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974 (Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, MOCA, 2012).