KAREN HALVERSON(American, b. 1941)
Although Karen Halverson continues to explore other regions and genres, for much of the last 25 years she has made photographs that comment on how we encounter, occupy, and alter the landscape of the American West. Although she is not overtly polemical in her work, Halverson does aim to show the multiple facets of any situation. Her series on the Colorado River system describes both the river’s natural beauty and our exploitation and consumption of its waters. Of her work, Halverson has written, “Sometimes I find beauty, sometimes desecration, often a perplexing and absurd combination.”
In 2010, the Beinecke Library at Yale University acquired Halverson’s complete oeuvre, beginning with street photographs made in New York’s Garment District in the 1970s.
Beinecke Library, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
The Huntington Library, San Marino, California
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Milwaukee Museum of Art, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Brooklyn Museum, New York
Museum of the City of New York, New York
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, California
Downstream: Encounters with the Colorado River