"Beauty is like a soul that hovers over the surface of form. Its presence is unmistakable in Art or in Life. The measure of its revelation depends on the measure of our own soul-consciousness, the boundaries of our own spirit." -- Gutzon Borglum
Before he created Mount Rushmore, Gutzon Borglum already had a productive and successful career as an artist.
The Stamford Museum and Nature Center organized a 1999 exhibition titled "Out of Rushmore's Shadow: The Artistic Development of Gutzon Borglum (1867-1941)." Selections from that exhibit illustrate some of the influences Borglum incorporated into his work. Frequently, Borglum favored muscular, dynamic poses for his subjects, and he also liked to make art on a large scale.
Vivid memories of those trapped in the terrifying temblor of 1906 that killed thousands of Californians.
The American effort to relieve starvation in Soviet Russia in 1921 during the worst natural disaster in Europe in 500 years.
The journey of Prince Maximilian, German naturalist, and artist Karl Bodmer, who explored the Mississippi River area from 1832-1834.
In 1927, the Mississippi River flooded from New Orleans to Illinois, leaving a million people homeless and leading to a major black migration to the North.
The New Deal program CCC put three million young men to work in camps across America.
The 300-year saga of the American whaling industry.
The inspiring story of the modern environmental movement.
This stunning film portrait of Yosemite National Park uses the 1851 diary of the first expedition of soldiers into the Native American territory.