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Lectures, Talks, Readings

Critical Landscapes:
A Roundtable Discussion

Mon, Nov 30, 2015  6:30 PM

Location: Floor Three, Susan and John Hess Family Theater

Some of the most compelling artistic practices today engage directly with the politics of land use, in relation to climate change, the growth of the global economy, borderland conflicts, and the widespread privatization of public space, among other developments. For the artists who engage these issues, their work pivots around a set of evolving questions: In what ways is land, formed over the course of geological time, contemporary and also formed by present conditions? How might art contribute to the expansion of spatial and environmental justice?

Emily Eliza Scott and Kirsten Swenson, editors of the recently released volume Critical Landscapes: Art, Space, Politics (University of California Press, 2015), convene a roundtable discussion with artists Sarah Kanouse, Lize Mogel and Hiroshi Sunairi, theorist Ashley Dawson, and art historian Janet Kraynak to explore the concerns, strategies, and stakes of recent land-based art practices. A reception celebrating the publication of Critical Landscapes will immediately follow the conversation.

Tickets are required ($8 adults, $6 students and seniors, free for members and children under 18). 

Olga Koumoundouros, Notorious Possession, 2012. Courtesy of the artist.

Olga Koumoundouros, Notorious Possession, 2012. Courtesy of the artist.