Wilderness / Art Fleet

Art Fleet was a project of the National Endowment for the Arts intended to bring art exhibitions from the cities to the people in the country. The pilot project was the exhibition Wilderness shown in fall 1971 at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington. The show was a fully new form of art exhibition: 200 paintings, sculptures, prints, and photographs were shown together with film and sound installations as balanced components of a large narrative about the history of American landscape. After the presentation in Washington, the NEA intended to have the exhibition travel. Responsibility for technical planning was assigned to Nelson and Forberg. The art works were to be presented in climate controlled, dust free, and shock resistant glass cases, in which they could not only be exhibited but also transported. The entire exhibition could then be installed anyplace in pneumatic domed tents. But the exhibition met with heavy criticism in the press, and the planned tour never took place, probably for financial reasons.

George Nelson and Company / Charles Forberg Associates
WildernessArt Fleet, traveling exhibition