Some Buildings in Marfa

Basin & Range

Mulholland: Nature & Culture in Los Angeles

Downstream: Encounters with the Colorado River

California Trees

Dakota Survey

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.

Selected Collections:

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