March 18–September 11, 2004
This exhibition focused on Milton Goldstein photographs of National Parks and the cultural trends of the 1960s and 70s in photography that contributed to his accomplishments. Photography was a spiritual and meditative practice for Goldstein, a medium that allowed him to preserve the memory of visual experience. Stylistically, Goldstein’s photographs are part of a larger body of scenic photography that gained great popularity in the 1960s and 70s. Images of nature in calendars, books, advertisements, and television programming reflected the ongoing dialogue of nature and American identity, further fueled by the growing environmental movement. Goldstein himself struggled with the limitations facing the American public and the environment. He was a vocal advocate of accessibility to national parks, yet at the same time he recognized the difficult challenges faced in maintaining the parks for future generations.