FSU Museum of Fine Arts launches ‘New Landscapes’ virtual exhibition

Florida State University’s Museum of Fine Arts has opened the new virtual exhibit “New Landscapes,” featuring more than 30 photographic works on loan from selected artists and from the museum’s permanent collection.

The exhibit runs through Saturday, Oct. 31.

Over the past several months, faculty and staff at the FSU Museum of Fine Arts have been working behind the scenes on MoFA at Home educational features and art-centered activities geared to digital spaces. Now, in partnership with Paradigm, a web design and curation support firm, and Arts4All Florida, MoFA is returning to more exhibition-focused programming.

“Virtual curating presents a range of new and different challenges. Rather than building, painting, lighting, and labeling in the museum’s physical spaces, we have worked alongside graphic designers and programmers to fashion a gallery out of code in which we have installed digital images of dozens of wonderful works,” said Preston McLane, director of MoFA. “We have Zoomed. We have recorded voiceovers. We have grappled with ornery fonts, links and image resolutions. And this week, we roll it all out.”

The exhibition will be accompanied by a range of public programs, including virtual tours, live-streaming artist interviews and “Make It at MoFA” events in which guests can create their own landscapes to be featured in a custom web gallery.

“New Landscapes,” a virtual exhibition of landscape photography that includes newly acquired works by Dionne Lee, Shoog McDaniel, Keisha Scarville and the Wheelchair Highwaymen, is MoFA’s opening salvo in its campaign to address new landscapes and test our ability to thrive within them.

“Museums, art galleries, and cultural organizations must confront the challenge of seeing, engaging with and translating the experience of the new landscape,” the curator’s statement reads.

Curators have brought together “historical and contemporary works by a range of artists, each of whom transforms a familiar landscape into something unexpected and revealing. These transformations were often by means of novel photographic techniques or interventions, but always with the intent to reorient viewers to a change, an interposition, a mark that denotes humankind’s struggle to apprehend this world in which we live together.”

New Landscapes is made possible through the support of the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Council on Culture & Arts, Visit Tallahassee, and the FSU College of Fine Arts.

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