MARCH 6, 2003 -FEBRUARY 14, 2004
During the mid to late 19th century, prior to movie theatres and television, the popular form of entertainment for the rising literate middle-class was the Panorama. Originating in 1787 with Robert Barker’s 360 degree painting presented in a rotunda, the panorama evolved into many forms. As the most popular form in America, the moving panorama was composed of several canvases stitched together into a scroll and reeled across a stage to create a moving panorama. Carl Christian Anton (C.C.A) Christensen was one of several Utah artists to use this popular art form. Christensen produced four panoramas, two of which were exhibited in the Museum of Art. The Dimick Huntington Panorama was intended to help Huntington preach the gospel to the Native Americans in Utah. Christensen also created The Mormon Panorama, a work of 22 paintings that follows the history of the early Church from Joseph Smith’s first vision to the saints entering the Salt Lake Valley. Accompanying the exhibition was a re-enactment of the 19th-century performance given by Christensen when he traveled his panorama throughout Utah and Idaho. The 40-minute panorama performance was presented every Thursday evening in the exhibit.