Museum Press

Photographs of Montana Frontier by Richard Buswell At the Housatonic Museum of Art

For immediate release
Contact: Robbin Zella  203-332-5052

Bridgeport, CT: Richard Buswell’s photographs of Montana’s abandoned, overgrown homesteads and artifacts of the Montana frontier will be on exhibit at the Burt Chernow Galleries, Housatonic Museum of Art. Traces/Montana’s Frontier Re-Visited will be on view from Nov. 4, 2011 until Dec. 18, 2011.

Buswell’s photos are precisely realized individual works, intended to be studied and savored one at a time.  For more than thirty five years, Buswell has used the camera to explore the visually profound and unique historical complexion of his native state.

Julian Cox, Curator of Photography at the High Museum of Art says, “Beaten and weathered facades become as a sublime as the cloud dappled, never ending Montana sky. In the world as seen through Buswell’s eyes, history and archaeology are inextricably meshed. History provides the link between then and now, and archaeology the means to understand and reconstruct the passage of time.”        

Buswell’s photography represents thousands of hours and miles spent crossing and re-crossing the state of Montana – a land mass as large as the British Isles, but populated by less than a million people. His photographic studies are intimate, miniature landscapes, organized with the same rigor and described with the same sensitivity to light and space as he accords the grand vista.  

Cox continues, “Richard Buswell’s work occupies a special place - and provides a lasting reminder that the most unique forms of beauty and invention can often be found close to home.”

Buswell’s work is in the permanent collections of 191 Museums both in this country and in Europe. In 2007 the Montana Museum of Art and Culture exhibited Traces/Montana’s Frontier Re-visited the exhibit now on view at the Housatonic Museum of Art and a book with the same title has been published.

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