Northern Latitudes: The Frye and Alaska

June 19 – September 19, 2010

Northern Latitudes: The Frye and Alaska presents paintings by Jules Dahlager, Ted Lambert, Sydney Laurence, Fred Machetanz, Theodore Richardson, Cleveland Rockwell, Jonathan Van Zyle, and Eustace Ziegler—artists who experimented with representations of light and land in their depictions of America’s forty-ninth state. The rugged wilderness and solitude experienced by these artists when they journeyed to Alaska is encapsulated in images of expansive skies, isolated outposts, and panoramic views of snowcapped Mt. McKinley.

Featuring a selection of acquisitions from the Frye Art Museum’s collection, Northern Latitudes also celebrates the special role Alaska played in the Museum’s history. The majority of the exhibition’s paintings were acquired by long-term Frye Director Ida Kay Greathouse, whose dedication to Alaskan art led to the Museum’s construction of an Alaska Wing, which opened in 1984. In addition to works from the Frye collection, Northern Latitudes includes a number of paintings generously loaned by Braarud Fine Art in La Conner, Washington.

Northern Latitudes: The Frye and Alaska is organized by the Frye Art Museum and funded by the Frye Foundation with the generous support of Frye Art Museum members and donors. The exhibition is curated by Jayme Yahr. Collection Management: Donna Kovalenko.

Image Credits:
Sydney Laurence. Mount McKinley, Alaska (detail), not dated. Oil on canvas. 19 ¾ x 15 ¾ in. Frye Art Museum, bequest of Gertrude Burman, 1995.005.
Installation view, Northern Latitudes: The Frye and Alaska, Frye Art Museum, 2010. Photo: © Adam Weintraub.
Sydney Laurence. Mount McKinley, Alaska, not dated. Oil on canvas. 19 ¾ x 15 ¾ in. Frye Art Museum, bequest of Gertrude Burman, 1995.005.
Sydney Laurence. Northern Lights, not dated. Oil on canvas. 15 1/2 x 19 ½ in. Frye Art Museum, 1986.011.
Eustace Paul Ziegler. Canoe on Lake, 1909. Oil on glass. 21 x 44 1/16 in. Frye Art Museum, 1983.002.08.
Ted Lambert. Denali - Mt. McKinley (From the Susitna Valley), 1940. Oil on canvas. 28 1/8 x 32 1/8 in. Frye Art Museum, 1972.015.