Among the foremost American photographers of the 20th century, Laura Gilpin made landscapes that varied from evocative, fog-shrouded views of Garden of the Gods in her hometown of Colorado Springs to sharp and structured scenes of the Mayan site of Chichén Itzá, in addition to a considered body of portraiture of Native communities of the Southwest. In this Object Lesson, join Curator Micah Messenheimer to explore how Gilpin both drew on and broke from tradition to present a deeply human landscape through the lens of her camera.
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Caption: The spirit of the prairie. Photo by Laura Gilpin, 1921. https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2005678504/