The current exhibition in Eli Marsh Gallery, TRANSCENDENTAL CONCORD by North Carolina-based artist Lisa McCarty, documents the 19th century philosophical movement of Transcendentalism that embraced idealism, communal living, and reverence for the natural world in the face of growing industrialization and inhumanity.
In the course of a year and in every season, McCarty photographed the sites where Transcendentalists Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau lived and wrote in Concord, MA. McCarty’s parallel reverence for the natural world is evident in her photographs, which point to large and small variations in environment, season and light. TRANSCENDENTAL CONCORD pays homage to Transcendentalism not only in capturing a shared landscape, but in McCarty’s technique: her keen observation of natural phenomena and openness to experimentation and chance.
The exhibition remains on view through Oct. 12. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, 12-4 p.m. #art #photography #exhibition #lisamccarty #transcendentalism #louisamayalcott #ralphwaldoemerson #nathanialhawthorne #henrydavidthoreau #concordma #amherstma #amherstcollege #amherstarts
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