Accommodating Nature: The Photographs of Frank Gohlke

November 27, 2008 – March 3, 2009

Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and F Streets, NW
Washington, DC

3rd Floor Floor Plan

This retrospective features more than 80 photographs -- both black-and-white and color -- by landscape photographer Frank Gohlke (b. 1942), taken from the early 1970s through 2004. Fascinated with nature's proclivities for growth, destruction, and unexpected change, Golke captures the tension between humanity and nature and explores how Americans build their lives in a natural world that rarely fits within a traditional pastoral ideal. His images depict his hometown of Wichita Falls, Texas; the grain elevators that punctuate the vast spaces of the Midwest; the effect of the 1980 volcanic eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington State; and the neighborhoods of Queens, New York, and reveal how people adapt to the forces of nature great and small, even within the confines of their own back yards.


Organized by the Amon Carter Museum of Fort Worth, Texas.