From Nature to Ecology: The Emergency of Ecocritical Art History
Alan Braddock, the Ralph H. Wark Associate Professor of Art History and American Studies at the College of William & Mary, will give the keynote lecture for Art & Nature 2019. Braddock has published, lectured, and taught courses about the history of American art and its ecological significance and has helped to initiate new curriculum in Critical Curatorial Studies and Built Environment Studies. His book Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment, accompanied a major traveling exhibition that was organized by the Princeton University Art Museum and traveled to the Peabody Essex Museum and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
Advance tickets are recommended. $5 for students and LAM members; $10 for others.
The 7:00 p.m. lecture follows a 6:00 p.m. reception.
For questions or to purchase tickets by phone, please call 949.494.8971 x203.
Alan C. Braddock
Alan Braddock had formative experiences with art and nature growing up in Iowa City, Iowa, and spending summers at a lake in Ontario, Canada, where his father and mother—both English teachers—built a small cabin by hand. Since receiving his Ph.D. in Art History in 2002, Professor Braddock has published, lectured, and taught courses about the history of American art and its ecological significance. He is the author of the book Thomas Eakins and the Cultures of Modernity (University of California Press, 2009) and the co-author/co-editor of three other books: A Keener Perception: Ecocritical Studies in American Art History, with Christoph Irmscher (University of Alabama Press, 2009), A Greene Country Towne: Philadelphia’s Ecology in the Cultural Imagination, with Laura Turner Igoe (Penn State University Press, 2016), and Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment, with Karl Kusserow (Princeton University Art Museum in association with Yale University Press, 2018). Nature’s Nation accompanied a major traveling exhibition co-curated by Braddock and Kusserow, winning the Association of Art Museum Curators Award for Excellence as well as the Association of American Publishers PROSE Award for best art exhibition publication of the year. At William & Mary, Professor Braddock has helped to initiate new curriculum in Critical Curatorial Studies and Built Environment Studies for Art History majors. He has been awarded scholarships in residence at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Princeton Environmental Institute, and the Terra Foundation in Giverny, France, and the Getty Research Institute, where he will be on leave during the 2019-2020 academic year, working on a new book titled Implication: Theory and Practice in Ecocritical Art History. He is also completing a second new book titled Gun Vision: The Militarization of American Painting.
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