The Princeton University Art Museum will host an opening lecture and reception for the exhibition, Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment, beginning 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in McCosh Hall, Room 10.
Co-curators 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, will present the lecture, "Exhibiting Nature’s Nation: Ecology and Environment in American Art," with a reception at the Art Museum at 6 p.m.
About Nature's Nation: Supported by PEI, 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 uses ecocriticism as a tool to interpret both iconic masterpieces and rarely exhibited works through an interdisciplinary lens that unites art and environmental history with scientific analysis to frame the history of American art in a new light. Nature's Nation runs through Jan. 6, 2019.
This event is co-sponsored by the Princeton Environmental Institute.