The notion of the sublime—regularly depicted in landscape paintings from the Romantic era—has, historically, been a conversation among men: Immanuel Kant, Caspar David Friedrich, that ska band from Long Beach. But that’s about to change this January when the Pasadena Museum of California Art hosts “The Feminine Sublime,” an exhibition of five Los Angeles-based female artists all tackling the idea of greatness, or destruction, without limit. Mountain ranges and misty seascapes are replaced by pieces that explore contemporary issues such as climate change, industrial capitalism, and nuclear catastrophe. In these new interpretations, it’s clear: marveling at the world is no longer enough; it’s time we start to save it.
“THE FEMININE SUBLIME” RUNS FROM JANUARY 21, 2018 TO JUNE 3, 2018 AT PASADENA MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA ART.