American Nation, American Nature: Nurturing Each in the Anthropocene


American Nation, American Nature: Nurturing Each in the Anthropocene

Thursday, August 6, 2020 @ 5:30 pm

The United States has historically identified with nature as much as with abstract ideals of freedom and equality—both principles that have recently been contested in American life. How has nature’s representation, literally and figuratively, broadly conditioned American culture, even as nature, too, is under unprecedented stress? And how has each of these concepts—liberty, democracy, and nature—influenced the other? What is their future in a time of extraordinary challenges to bedrock values? Karl Kusserow, John Wilmerding Curator of American Art, will explore these questions in the context of America’s diverse visual culture across several centuries.

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This event will include live closed captions in both English and Spanish. English captions are available directly in the Zoom toolbar, by clicking the "CC" icon. To access Spanish language captioning, enter the Zoom webinar, then open a separate web browser to visit where you can select “Spanish” to see the live captioning.

Para acceder a los subtítulos en varios idiomas, ingrese al seminario web de Zoom durante un evento en vivo, luego abra un navegador web separado para visitar esta página donde puede seleccionar" español "o el idioma de su elección.

LATE THURSDAYS! This event is part of the Museum’s Late Thursdays programming, made possible in part by Heather and Paul G. Haaga Jr., Class of 1970.

Spanish-language live closed-captioning for this program is made possible by the Rapid Response Magic Project of the Princeton University Humanities Council.

Emanuel Leutze, Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way, 1861. Oil on canvas. Smithsonian American Art Museum