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Photographing Nature’s Cathedrals:
Carleton E. Watkins, Eadweard Muybridge, and H. H. Bennett

May 18–August 26, 2018
Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts

Photographing Nature’s Cathedrals presents American landscape photographs by three nineteenth-century artists who used mammoth plate prints, panoramas, and stereographs—the cutting-edge photographic technology of their time—to capture the natural wonders of the country. The photographs on view helped create the myth of the Edenic American West, attracted tourists to the unusual formations in the Driftless region of Wisconsin, and inspired the creation of Yosemite National Park.

This exhibition is part of the Museum’s season exploring technology and innovation and features the work of photographers Carleton E. Watkins (American, 1829–1916), Eadweard Muybridge (American, b. England, 1830–1904), and Henry Hamilton Bennett (American, b. Canada, 1843–1908).

Organized, in part, from the collection of the American Geographical Society Library, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.
Presenting Sponsor: In Memory of Joan W. Nason
Supporting Sponsor: James A. Schleif and William H. Morley
Exhibitions in the Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts sponsored by: Herzfeld Foundation and Madeleine and David Lubar

Programs + Events

Urban Ecology Center: Member Walk and Talks

Tuesday, July 17, 4:30 PM

Milwaukee Art Museum Members are invited to tour the Urban Ecology Center's Washington Park location and learn about its history and the neighborhood it serves.

Held rain or shine.
No reservations required; simply present your Milwaukee Art Museum membership card upon check-in.
Questions? Call 414-964-8505.

The Urban Ecology Center Walk and Talks are being offered in conjunction with the exhibition Photographing Nature's Cathedrals.

Other tour dates and locations:
THURS, JUNE 14, NOON: Menomonee Valley
WED, JUNE 27, 11 AM: Riverside Park

This community partner program is free and open to all levels of membership. Members must provide their own transportation to and from partner locations.

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Member Drink & Think: Family Pictures

Thursday, September 20, 5:30 PM
Images:
  • Eadweard Muybridge, Piwyack. Valley of the Yosemite, 1872. Courtesy of the American Geographical Society Library, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Libraries
  • Eadweard Muybridge, Falls of the Yosemite, 1872. Courtesy of the American Geographical Society Library, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Libraries.
  • Carleton E. Watkins, Yosemite Valley from the “Best General View”, 1866. Courtesy of the American Geographical Society Library, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Libraries
  • Carleton E. Watkins, The Half Dome from Glacier Pt., Yosemite, 1865–66. Courtesy of the American Geographical Society Library, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Libraries