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Everything was being killed, chased away, paved, cut or torn down.

Artist Jim Roche

Mankind has got to take the blame that he has caused.

Jim Roche: Spirit in the Land is a 6-minute video about the artist Jim Roche, whose work is part of the exhibition Spirit in the Land. In this video, viewers visit the artist’s home in Tallahassee, Florida, where he talks about a lifetime of making art related to the natural world. The camera pans across his 10-panel work, Return to Florida, All in My Background: Piece, which is part of the Nasher Museum’s collection. Viewers learn about Roche’s inspiration for this work and how the photographs related to the artist’s hand-written text. This video also features Roche’s wife Alexa Kleinbard, whose work is also part of Spirit in the Land.

Video Credits

This exhibition is organized by Trevor Schoonmaker, Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Director, Nasher Museum.

Lead support for Spirit in the Land is provided by the Ford Foundation.

Major support for Spirit in the Land is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

At the Nasher, Spirit in the Land is supported by the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation; The Duke Endowment; the Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Fund for Exhibitions; the Frank Edward Hanscom Endowment Fund; the Janine and J. Tomilson Hill Family Fund; Katie Thorpe Kerr and Terrance I. R. Kerr; Alexandria and Kevin Marchetti; Parker & Otis; Lisa Lowenthal Pruzan and Jonathan Pruzan; and Caroline and Arthur Rogers.

Special Thanks
Jim Roche, artist
Alexa Kleinbard, artist

Images of Jim Roche’s work reproduced with permission.

Jim Roche, Return to Florida, All in My Background: Piece, 1973–1974. Gelatin silver prints and graphite on paper, 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm) (each panel). Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Museum purchase and partial gift of Ken Rollins, President, Rollins Fine Art; 2016.19.1. © Jim Roche. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion and Brian Quinby.

Video Production Team
Videographer and Editor: J Caldwell
Producer and Videographer: Wendy Hower
Head of Graphic Design: Joel P. Johnson



Now, no matter where you are in the United States, there are less animals, there's less room for growth, trees have been cut down and we keep doing it.

Jim Roche
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