The Princeton University Art Museum will host the two-day symposium, "Picture Ecology: Art and Ecocriticism in Planetary Perspective," from 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8, in McCosh Hall, Room 10. This event is timed with the exhibition Nature's Nation: American Art and Environment now on display at the Art Museum, and was organized by co-curator Karl Kusserow, the John Wilmerding Curator of American Art at the Art Museum.
The symposium extends the exhibition's focus by analyzing the recent trajectory of the humanities toward a more expansive consideration of nature, ecology and the changing understanding of both, which has given rise to the relatively new field of environmental humanities. An international panel of speakers from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines will explore environmental dimensions of artistic expression across a range of periods and cultures.
This event is free to the public — a full symposium schedule is available online.
About Nature's Nation: The exhibition gathers more than 100 works of art — from the colonial period to the present — to examine for the first time how American artists have both reflected and shaped environmental understanding, while contributing to the emergence of a modern ecological consciousness. The exhibition is co-curated by Karl Kusserow, the John Wilmerding Curator of American Art at the Princeton University Art Museum, and Alan Braddock, the 2016 PEI Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities and the Ralph H. Wark Associate Professor of Art History and American Studies at the College of William and Mary. Nature's Nation runs through Jan. 6, 2019.