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Weather-Wise: “Exhibiting Nature’s Nation: The Changing Climate of Art History”
April 8, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
In the third talk in our Weather-Wise series, Dr. Alan C. Braddock discusses his major traveling exhibition, Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment, co-curated with Karl Kusserow at the Princeton University Art Museum in 2018-19, along with their award-winning book by the same title.
Exploring four centuries of American art and environmental history, the exhibition and book included more than one hundred works addressing climate change and other urgent issues. Nature’s Nation also offered a new vision of art history informed by ecocriticism, an ecological approach to cultural interpretation that is dramatically changing scholarship across the humanities.
Alan C. Braddock is the Ralph H. Wark Associate Professor of Art History and American Studies at William & Mary, where he teaches courses on American and global art history, ecology, and environmental history. He is the author of Thomas Eakins and the Cultures of Modernity (2009) and co-author of three other books: A Keener Perception: Ecocritical Studies in American Art History (with Christoph Irmscher, 2009), A Greene Country Towne: Philadelphia’s Ecology in the Cultural Imagination (with Laura Turner Igoe, 2016), and Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment (with Karl Kusserow, 2018), winner of the Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for Especially Distinguished Catalogue from the College Art Association, the Association of Art Museum Curators Award for Excellence, and the Association of American Publishers PROSE Award for Best Art Exhibition Publication. Professor Braddock is currently developing two new books, one titled Gun Vision: The First Avant-Garde in American Painting and the other titled Implication: An Ecocritical Dictionary for Art History.
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