New Geography: Photographs by Marilyn Bridges

Marilyn Bridges (American, born 1948), Parker Rattlesnake, Parker, Arizona, 1983, Gelatin silver print. Allentown Art Museum, gift of Garrett Gunderson, 2015
Wed, 11/22/2017 - Sun, 04/29/2018
Fuller Gallery

For four decades, pilot and photographer Marilyn Bridges has taken to the skies to capture riveting landscapes below. From her initial fascination with photographing ancient earthworks, she has gone on to explore the markings that humans leave on the land today.

Bridges sums up her photographic work as recording the “messages of humankind” that are inscribed on the earth. The juxtaposition of her past and present landscapes spurs thought-provoking questions: how do we understand our own relationship with the land, when compared with the relationship of past civilizations? What will remain of our society in the future, and what will archaeologists think of us?

Marilyn Bridges (American, born 1948), Circles along the Hudson, New York City, 1985, gelatin silver print. Allentown Art Museum, gift of Garrett Gunderson, 2015

The exhibition program at the Museum is supported through the generosity of the Harry C. Trexler Trust, Julius and Katheryn Hommer Foundation, The Century Fund, Bernard and Audrey Berman Foundation, Leon C. and June W. Holt Endowment, Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Friends of the Museum.