Convened in conjunction with the exhibition Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment, this two-day symposium extends the exhibition’s focus and approach to the visual cultures of diverse times and places. Seventeen international speakers offer compelling ecocritical analysis of a broad spectrum of artists and objects. Organized by exhibition co-curator Karl Kusserow.
This event is free and open to all. No registration is required.
"Picture Ecology: Art and Ecocriticism in Planetary Perspective" is made possible, in part, with generous support from the Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University.
Day 1 (December 7)
- Alan C. Braddock, College of William & Mary, “Mestizo Mnemonics: Diego de Valadés, Rhetorica Christiana, and the Earthly Art of Memory”
- Mónica Domínquez Torres, University of Delaware, “Pearls for the King: Philip II and the New World Pearl Industry”
- Karl Kusserow, Princeton University Art Museum, “Laudato Si’ and Christian Visual Ecology”
- Andrew Patrizio, University of Edinburgh, “The Ecological Eye: What a Starfish Teaches Us About Art History’s Prospects”
- De-nin Lee, Emerson College, “Disorienting: Chinese Landscapes and Environment”
- Gregory Levine, University of California, Berkeley, “Tree-Buddhas”
- Sugata Ray, University of California, Berkeley, “How to Live with Plants: Towards an Eco-Art History of the Eighteenth Century”
- Anne McClintock, Princeton University, “The Future is Now: Rising Waters and Colonial Ghostscapes”
A reception in the Art Museum will follow.
Day 2 (December 8)
- Rachael DeLue, Princeton University, Topic forthcoming
- Maura Coughlin, Bryant University, and Emily Gephart, Tufts University, “Confluence: Painting Seawater Across the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic”
- Stephen F. Eisenman, Northwestern University, “Ford Madox Brown, William Morris, and ‘Metabolic Rift’”
- Greg M. Thomas, University of Hong Kong, “Courbet and Ecological Realism”
- T. J. Demos, University of California, Santa Cruz, “Ecology as Intersectionality: Aesthetic Approaches to Social-Justice Environmentalism”
- Finis Dunaway, Trent University, “Seeing Beyond Borders: The Arctic Refuge, Visual Culture, and Grassroots Environmentalism”
- James Nisbet, University of California, Irvine, “Shifting Baselines: Ecology, Scale, Modernism”
- Fazal Sheikh, Princeton University, will speak on photography projects in Israel/Palestine and the American Southwest
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