Autry Museum of the American West

Karen Halverson: Photographing the Contemporary West

The Marks We Make: Western Panoramas of Karen Halverson


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Sunday, May 6, 2012, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


The Autry in Griffith Park

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Free admission; reservations highly encouraged.



One of America's leading photographers, Karen Halverson is working within some of the West’s most iconic landscapes, from the Great Basin to Los Angeles’ Mulholland Drive. Her work reveals how nature and the built environment―long depicted as separate in Western artare today inextricable.  

“The broad vistas of the West encourage the eye to wander, to take in the land itself and our presence on it. The West is nature and culture intertwined. It is alkali flats and dramatic land formations; it is dams, reservoirs, electric poles, water pipes, cars, and us.” (Karen Halverson, 2012)  
Join Ms. Halverson as she discusses her evolving photographic engagement with the American West and leads a tour of the Autry’s exhibition of her works.  
A welcoming reception with coffee and light refreshments will be served in the museum lobby beginning at 9:00 a.m.
About the Westenberger Award: The Autry National Center has chosen Karen Halverson as the recipient of the inaugural Theo Westenberger Award for Artistic Excellence. The award, made possible by the Westenberger estate, honors the achievements of contemporary women whose work in photography, film, and new media transforms how we see the American West.  
An exhibition of Halverson’s panoramic Western landscape photographs, The Marks We Make: Western Panoramas of Karen Halverson, will be on display at the Autry from April 14 through September 9, 2012.



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