Saya Woolfalk, Tumbling Into Landscape
On view through Summer 2023
The Newark Museum
Newark, New Jersey
We believe in Hudson Rivers School paintings as historic documents of American land and life, and I want to shift these paintings for you.
As an artist in residence since 2019, artist Saya Woolfalk has immersed herself in the Museum’s American art and natural science collections. With “Saya Woolfalk: Tumbling Into Landscape” the artist has created an intervention exploring questions of identity and belonging in relation to the land and multiple histories of the United States. Drawing attention to what is represented—and more often not represented—in these luminous, Eden-like paintings, “Tumbling Into Landscape” features a new self-portrait by Woolfalk with a selection of the Museum’s Hudson River School paintings, including six recently conserved works on view for the first time in decades.
[Image: Saya Woolfalk, Self-Portrait (Words by Sojourner Truth), 2021. Hand-painted stained rice paper, and Bristol paper, Japanese Gold foil paper, watercolor, gouache, Gudy Glue, Acrylic Gel Medium, digital print on Hahnemuhle paper, methylcellulose, Gum Arabic, Substrate: Nepalese Lhakpa paper chine colled on Arches, 32 x 74 in. (81.28 x 187.96 cm). © Saya Woolfalk. Photo by Richard Goodbod]