(Un)Settled: The Landscape in American Art

Posted on: April 4th, 2024


The Landscape in American Art

October 12, 2024 – February 2, 2025

From natural wonders to the open road, the landscape has long been a muse in American art. Through objects from the colonial era to the present, (Un)Settled explores the rich, complicated, and evolving topic of the landscape in American art. The variety of media and makers helps to redefine whose view is considered, ultimately revealing the many ways artists turn to their surroundings to reflect on larger topics such as national identity, land preservation, the complexity of cultural landscapes, and how location shapes our sense of self.

Building upon noted Hudson River School paintings, (Un)Settled features works by artists including Fidelia Bridges, Marsden Hartley, Georgia O’Keeffe, Benny Andrews, William Christenberry, Ana Mendieta, Ed Ruscha, Jeffrey Gibson, and Jacqueline Bishop. Through more than 40 artworks—including examples of material culture such as furniture, glass, ceramics, and baskets—the exhibition highlights ongoing conversations around the landscape and its relationship to establishing cultural and national identity over the last two centuries.

Supported by the Art Bridges Cohort Program, (Un)Settled is a collaborative exhibition presented by the American South Consortium. Led by the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Hartford, CT), the cohort includes three partners: the Columbia Museum of Art (Columbia, SC), the Mobile Museum of Art (Mobile, AL), and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (AL). This innovative cross-regional partnership explores new ways of interpreting art and the American experience through dynamic exhibitions and an array of complimentary public programs.

This is one in a series of American art exhibitions created through a multi-year, multi-institutional partnership formed by the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art as part of the Art Bridges Cohort Program. 

Support for this and all museum exhibitions and programs is provided by the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Mobile County and the City of Mobile

The (Un)Settled Podcast

The (Un)Settled Podcast is a multipart special presentation of the Binder Podcast dedicated to the traveling exhibition (Un)Settled: The Landscape in American Art.

Episode 1: The American South Consortium

In today’s episode, host Drew Baron interviews the collaborators of the American South Consortium to learn more about how this partnership started before taking a deep dive into the themes of and inspiration for this exhibition. Featuring interviews with Erin Monroe, Laura Leonard, Glenna Barlow, Michael Neumeister, Margaret Lynn Ausfeld, Emily Stuart Thomas, Jon Carfagno, and Stan Hackney.


The (Un)Settled Podcast can be found by searching the name on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and the iHeart Radio App. Podcast Link