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Join Views on Art host Ruth Bowman as she talks with David W. Evans and Mahonri Sharp Young about the Whitney’s Christensen panorama exhibition, Mormon art and architecture.
In its May/June issue of 1970, Art in America published a feature by Carl Carmer entitled, “A Panorama of Modern Life.” The following month, the Whitney Museum of American Art boasted an exhibition of the featured panorama by Mormon artist, Carl Christian Anton Christensen.
Ruth Bowman talks about the exhibition with LDS Church Information Service Committee member, David W. Evans, along with Mahonri Sharp Young, Director of the Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts in Ohio, and direct descendant of Mormon luminary, Brigham Young. They discuss the origins of the Christensen paintings as a travelling, moving panorama, its distinction of being a document of pioneer life created by a pioneer, and its re-discovery through the research of the writer, Carl Carmer. Evans and Young also outline the special characteristics of Mormon architecture, i.e. multiple levels, minimal ornamentation, as well as the ceremonial significance of temples and tabernacles within the religion.
WNYC archives id: 11106