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Mark Ruwedel | nga

Mark Ruwedel (American, b. 1954) is a photographer who examines the interaction between society and the landscape of the western United States, creating works that are in his words “about the interrogation of human values, not only about beauty or geology.” Active as a professional photographer since the 1970s, Ruwedel has often focused on nature’s reclamation of land over time, as in the series Westward the Course of Empire (1994–2007), in which he turned his lens to the faint traces of the railroad lines that once snaked through the West. His photographs capture the dramatic cuts through landmasses, scattered remains of trestles, and the lingering imprint of the long-forsaken tracks in the subtle grade of the terrain. Ruwedel’s more recent series Dusk (2007–2010), a study of derelict houses in the California desert, similarly addresses the relationship between natural and built environments. In these projects and others Ruwedel examines the landscape not to marvel at its splendor, but rather to better understand how history is written into its topography.

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FAPE 2016: Frank Gehry and Paul Goldberger in Conversation
Released: May 24, 2016
(65:10 minutes)
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"Molotov Man" in Context
Released: May 17, 2016
(28:26 minutes)
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Mark Ruwedel | nga
Released: May 17, 2016
(8:45 minutes)
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"Molotov Man" in Context
Released: May 17, 2016
(28:26 minutes)
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Diamonstein-Spielvogel Lecture Series: Leo Villareal
Released: May 17, 2016
(70:33 minutes)
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FAPE 2016: Frank Gehry and Paul Goldberger in Conversation
Released: April 26, 2016
(65:10 minutes)
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Alexandre Arrechea: Space Defeated
Released: March 29, 2016
(60:18 minutes)
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Zeus, Isis, and Dionysos in Dion at the Foot of Mount Olympus
Released: March 29, 2016
(38:14 minutes)
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Alexandre Arrechea: Space Defeated
Released: March 29, 2016
(60:18 minutes)
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Elson Lecture 2016: Cecily Brown
Released: March 22, 2016
(72:18 minutes)
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New Discoveries from the Robert H. Smith Collection
Released: March 22, 2016
(69:71 minutes)
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Elson Lecture 2016: Cecily Brown
Released: March 22, 2016
(72:18 minutes)
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Science and Paper: Conserving a Drypoint by Michael Heizer
Released: March 22, 2016
(5:48 minutes)
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What Makes a Statue?
Released: February 09, 2016
(54:15 minutes)
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Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis
Released: February 16, 2016
(54:31 minutes)
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From Silver Apples of the Moon to A Sky of Cloudless Sulfur
Released: February 16, 2016
(55:32 minutes)
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Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis
Released: February 16, 2016
(54:31 minutes)
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What Makes a Statue?
Released: February 09, 2016
(54:15 minutes)
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Unabridged and Incomplete: Series and Sequences in Contemporary Art
Released: February 02, 2016
(35:54 minutes)
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Unabridged and Incomplete: Series and Sequences in Contemporary Art
Released: February 02, 2016
(35:54 minutes)
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The Artist as Weatherman: Hans Haacke's Critical Meteorology
Released: December 29, 2015
(42:58 minutes)
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Power and Pathos
Released: December 15, 2015
(20:41 minutes)
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Lost-Wax Bronzecasting
Released: December 15, 2015
(5:08 minutes)
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Thomas Hart Benton: Painting the Song
Released: December 01, 2015
(77:04 minutes)
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The Sydney J. Freedberg Lecture on Italian Art: Canova and Color
Released: November 24, 2015
(39:27 minutes)
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The Sydney J. Freedberg Lecture on Italian Art: Canova and Color
Released: November 09, 2015
(39:27 minutes)
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Julie Mehretu | nga
Released: November 03, 2015
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Rajiv Vaidya Memorial Lecture: Time Frames: Andy Warhol's Film and Video
Released: November 10, 2015
(67:07 minutes)
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Abstraction and Its Capacities
Released: October 27, 2015
(46:44 minutes)
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Introduction to the Exhibition — The Serial Impulse at Gemini G.E.L.
Released: October 20, 2015
(43:20 minutes)
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American Experiments in Narrative, 2000–2015: Don Perry
Released: October 13, 2015
(38:28 minutes)
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Introduction to the Exhibition — The Serial Impulse at Gemini G.E.L.
Released: October 13, 2015
(43:20 minutes)
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Talking Shop with Sidney Felsen: Fifty Years of Artists at Gemini G.E.L
Released: October 13, 2015
(47:34 minutes)
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Talking Shop with Sidney Felsen: Fifty Years of Artists at Gemini G.E.L
Released: October 06, 2015
(48:25 minutes)
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Don Perry | nga
Released: September 29, 2015
(7:26 minutes)
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Caillebotte/Durand-Ruel: Making Impressionism
Released: September 29, 2015
(66:56 minutes)
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Don Perry | nga
Released: September 29, 2015
(6:49 minutes)
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Gods and Goddesses Behaving Badly: The Art of Joachim Wtewael
Released: September 29, 2015
(57:57 minutes)
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Diamonstein-Spielvogel Lecture Series: Carrie Mae Weems
Released: September 29, 2015
(51:31 minutes)
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Archive of Lamentations
Released: September 22, 2015
(45:02 minutes)
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Jennifer Reeves | nga
Released: September 22, 2015
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Archive of Lamentations
Released: September 22, 2015
(45:02 minutes)
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Jennifer Reeves | nga
Released: September 22, 2015
(6:28 minutes)
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Diamonstein-Spielvogel Lecture Series: Carrie Mae Weems
Released: September 15, 2015
(51:31 minutes)
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Welcome and Rotunda History (ASL)
Released: August 04, 2015
(3:44 minutes)
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Art Is For the Spirit: Recent Prints and Sculpture at Gemini G.E.L.
Released: September 01, 2015
(72:21 minutes)
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Cézanne and Antiquity
Released: September 01, 2015
(67:05 minutes)
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Welcome and Rotunda History (ASL)
Released: August 04, 2015
(3:44 minutes)
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High School Seminar
Released: August 18, 2015
(5:44 minutes)
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New Projects in Digital Art History: Panel Discussion
Released: July 01, 2015
(31:46 minutes)
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Reading from “Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs” by Sally Mann
Released: August 11, 2015
(55:51 minutes)
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Electric Schlock: Duchenne de Boulogne’s Photographic Theater
Released: August 04, 2015
(43:43 minutes)
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Conversations with Artists: Mark Ruwedel
Released: July 14, 2015
(60:02 minutes)
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"Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter’s Eye," Now on View!
Released: June 30, 2015
(00:24 minutes)
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Conversations with Artists: Vera Lutter
Released: June 30, 2015
(63:35 minutes)
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Reading from “Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs” by Sally Mann
Released: June 30, 2015
(71:30 minutes)
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Conversations with Artists: Mark Ruwedel
Released: June 23, 2015
(60:48 minutes)
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George Bellows
Released: May 26, 2015
(31:19 minutes)
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Conversations with Artists: Vera Lutter
Released: May 26, 2015
(63:52 minutes)
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Building a Collection: Photography at the National Gallery of Art
Released: May 12, 2015
(44:01 minutes)
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American Journeys: Visions of Place
Released: April 28, 2015
(7:59 minutes)
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Drawing in Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns
Released: April 28, 2015
(10:22 minutes)
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Two Approaches to Making a New Music out of the Traditions of Jazz
Released: April 21, 2015
(92:13 minutes)
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Rodolfo Peraza
Released: April 21, 2015
(47:23 minutes)
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Wyeth Lecture in American Art: Reversing American Art
Released: April 14, 2015
(76:43 minutes)
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Personal Vision and the Education of Young Composers in America
Released: April 14, 2015
(71:57 minutes)
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In My Mind
Released: April 14, 2015
(1111 minutes)
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Elson Lecture 2015: Jessica Stockholder
Released: April 07, 2015
(58:01 minutes)
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Intermedia Collaboration
Released: April 07, 2015
(67:56 minutes)
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Piero di Cosimo: A Renaissance Painter Comes to America
Released: March 31, 2015
(47:28 minutes)
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Kadir López
Released: March 31, 2015
(50:03 minutes)
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What’s New with Piero di Cosimo?
Released: March 24, 2015
(26:31 minutes)
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Other Planes of There
Released: March 10, 2015
(86:15 minutes)
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Another Light: Thomas Demand’s “Pacific Sun”
Released: March 03, 2015
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Why Prints?
Released: February 24, 2015
(61:43 minutes)
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Renaissance Invention and the Haunted Infancy
Released: February 24, 2015
(58:49 minutes)
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Saving the Baldwin Film
Released: February 24, 2015
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Inside Look: Little Dancer Aged Fourteen
Released: February 10, 2015
(49:59 minutes)
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The Ages of El Greco: From Crete to Toledo
Released: February 03, 2015
(63:03 minutes)
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Ice Skating at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Released: December 16, 2014
(1:24 minutes)
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The Mount Maker
Released: June 03, 2014
(2:50 minutes)
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The Dutch and Flemish Cabinet Galleries
Released: April 29, 2014
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North Meets South: Goltzius and Rubens
Released: April 29, 2014
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Rembrandt
Released: April 29, 2014
(3:49 minutes)
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Rembrandt’s "The Mill"
Released: April 29, 2014
(3:54 minutes)
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A Painting’s History: Cuyp’s "River Landscape with Cows"
Released: April 29, 2014
(3:43 minutes)
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Getting to Know the Dutch Paintings Collection
Released: April 29, 2014
(5:38 minutes)
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National Gallery Builds
Released: August 13, 2013
(12:43 minutes)
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Jazz in the Garden
Released: May 01, 2013
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Ames-Haskell Azalea Collection
Released: March 18, 2013
(1:27 minutes)