“The Mississippi River makes meaning of the landscape as it careens through the United States, flowing South from Minnesota through the Midwest, caressing the edges and embankments of Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, and Arkansas, until finally pouring down through Louisiana to empty into the Gulf of Mexico. The landscape is similarly marked by the bodies who move through it, by the passing of time, and by the social politics that inform migration, homesteading, and documenting cartographies. With these considerations, this exhibition looks to the intersection of the body and the landscape—from the gentle overlap of conceptual practices and the physicality of environments to spatial politics that are deeply embedded within the social fabric of this country.
This exhibition considers artistic practices that engage with the shape-shifting that is at the core of New Orleans, where the concept of being rooted is consistently tempered by infrastructural fragility.”
-Allison Glenn associate curator of contemporary art at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art