Ecology of an Exhibition

The exhibition Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment considers how American artists have reflected and influenced environmental understanding.

But what is the environmental impact of the exhibition itself?

Creating an exhibition involves balancing fundamental tensions between caring for works of art, reaching a wide audience while advancing specialized scholarship and research, and maintaining fiscal responsibility—as well as an increasing commitment to environmental sustainability.

Using Nature’s Nation as a point of reference, this website investigates some of the critical planning decisions and their corresponding environmental implications.


  1. Gathering the Objects
  2. Designing the Exhibition
  3. Creating the Catalogue
  4. The Life of an Object
  5. Finding the Balance