David T. Hanson

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For more information on the work of David T. Hanson, see his three monographs:

Wilderness to Wasteland

Wilderness to Wasteland (Taverner Press, 2010).

Colstrip Montana Book

A special collector’s edition of Colstrip, Montana is available from Taverner Press.

Waste Land: Meditations on a Ravaged Landscape Book

Waste Land: Meditations on a Ravaged Landscape (Aperture, New York, 1997).

David T. Hanson was born and raised in Montana, and was awarded a B.A. in English Literature from Stanford University. He studied with and worked as an assistant to Minor White and Frederick Sommer, and earned an M.F.A. in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design. A photographer, mixed-media installation artist, writer and teacher, he taught in the departments of Photography and Landscape Architecture at Rhode Island School of Design from 1983-2000. He has received a number of awards for his work, including a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (1985) and two National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowships (1986 and 1994). One of Hanson’s aerial views of Colstrip, Montana was selected by The New York Times’ photography critic Vicki Goldberg as one of the 100 most important photographs of the 20th century. Hanson’s work is in the permanent collections of major museums throughout the world, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. His work has been featured in numerous museum exhibitions, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Hanson’s photographs have been included in multiple exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art in New York (five shows), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (three shows), and The Art Institute of Chicago (three shows, including a solo exhibition). In 1997, Aperture published a mid-career retrospective of Hanson’s photographic work, Waste Land: Meditations on a Ravaged Landscape. Hanson’s work was recently included in Picturing Modernity: The Photography Collection at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the major exhibition (with full catalogue) Into the Sunset: Photography’s Image of the American West at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2010, Hanson published his monograph, Colstrip, Montana. A special collector’s edition of Colstrip, Montana is available from Taverner Press (www.tavernerpress.com).

SELECTED MUSEUM COLLECTIONS:

Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Canadian Centre for Architecture, New York, New York

Fuji Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester, New York

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York

National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC

North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, North Dakota

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California

Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska

Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio

Yellowstone Art Center, Billings, Montana