Arts and Culture of Nature
with Mark Dion
“Art and the Culture of Nature” aims to foster a better understanding of how artists today can make work engaging the environment in a time of intensifying ecological calamity. The seminar will explore how artists have interrogated the concept of nature from pictorial traditions, through earth art and the contemporary art of environmental engagement.
Guided by the artist Mark Dion, students will share work and ideas with each other around their practice as well as discuss readings and research. How does the current global ecological crisis- extinction, climate change, ocean debris, urban sprawl, etc. inform how artists respond to working on the topic of nature will be the fulcrum of the seminar. Understanding how artists have illuminated environmental issues in the past will help participants frame their own practices.
Dec 5th - 14th
Mon, Tues, Wed
12:30-3 pm EST
Mark Dion was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1961. He received a BFA (1986) and an honorary doctorate (2003) from the University of Hartford, Hartford Art School, and attended the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program.
Dion’s work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. Appropriating archaeological, field ecology, and other scientific methods of collecting, ordering, and exhibiting objects, Dion creates works that question the distinctions between ‘objective’ (‘rational’) scientific methods and ‘subjective’ (‘irrational’) influences. Dion also frequently collaborates with museums of natural history, aquariums, zoos, and other institutions mandated to produce public knowledge on the topic of nature.
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