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Champion Trees: Barbara Bosworth
Barbara Bosworth consistently documents the variety of ways humans move through and around the natural world. Using a large-format 8x10 camera, she captures moments that range from fleeting to enduring, encounters with people banding migratory birds to scenic views from the New England Trail. On view in the List Lobby are four works from her “Champion Trees” series, black-and-white prints in triptych and diptych form that mark the largest examples of native tree specimens in the United States according to the National Register of Champion Trees (a list created and updated by the conservation organization American Forests, founded in 1875). This grouping of four works from the series—American Elm, Kansas, 1990 (1990); Longbeak Eucalyptus, Arizona, 2001 (2001); Singleleaf Ash, Colorado, 2001 (2001); and Sugarberry, South Carolina, 1994 (1994)—is presented adjacent to the Bell exhibition Arrows of Desire: Harry Gould Harvey IV and Faith Wilding, artists whose practices are similarly devoted to the natural world with a love of native trees and plants.
Barbara Bosworth (b. 1953, Cleveland, OH; lives Stow, MA) is included in major museum collections across the country and has had numerous solo exhibitions, most recently Heaven, Wind, Stars, and Poems, Datz Museum, Seoul, South Korea (2017); Barbara Bosworth: Quiet Wonder, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO (2015); To Be at the Farther Edge: Photographs along the New England Trail / Barbara Bosworth, Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, MA (2013); and Natural Histories, Photographs by Barbara Bosworth, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA (2012).