Terra Conference: „American Natures“

Date(s) - 16/06/2023 - 17/06/2023

IKB - Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte, Raum 0.12
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Terra Conference „American Natures”Conference American Natures

The symposium brings together scholars who are asking exciting questions about the “natures” of American art by examining the larger social and physical ecologies in which landscapes (and other artifacts) were made and received. While Nature has long been recognized as both an important concept and subject for American artists, this symposium seeks to develop a multi-threaded conversation around art and art-making as material entities and practices that are embedded in the larger environment, wherein “nature” and “culture” are inevitably entangled.

If you would like to attend, we ask that you kindly register per E-Mail to sekretariat-bluemle@hu-berlin. de by Wednesday, June 14.

American Natures

Sessions will be held at Georgenstraße 47, Raum 0.12

Friday, June 16

13:45-14:00 Welcome and Introductory Remarks
14:00-15:30 Session 1
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-17:30 Session 2

Saturday, June 17

13:30-15:00 Session 3
15:00-15:30 Coffee Break
15:30-17:00 Session 4
17:15-18:00 Closing Discussion

Session 1

Thomas Balfe, Courtauld Institute of Art
“The Trapper as Cultural Intermediary: Fox Hunting, the Fur Trade, and the Conquest of American ‘Nature’”

Anna Arabindan-Kesson, Princeton University
“Plantations and Landscape Art in the Americas”

Moderator: Eva Ehninger, IKB

Session 2

Elizabeth Bacon Eager, Southern Methodist University
“Instantaneous Antiquity: Temporalities of Representation in Early American Natural History”

Maggie Cao, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
“Into the Muck: Prints and the Terrestrial Archive”
Moderator: Kathleen Christian, IKB

Session 3

Monica Bravo, University of Southern California
“Silver and Scripophily: Mining Stock Certificates from California and Nevada, 1840-1890”

Oliver O’Donnell, Warburg Institute
“American Nature through Ashcan Eyes”Moderator: Julia Rosenbaum, Freie Universität, Bard College

Session 4

Alison Boyd, Utrecht University
“Horace Pippin’s Song of the American Soil”

Linn Burchert, IKB, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
“Masters of the Arctic: (Inter-)National, Eco-Political and Economic Dimensions of a Touring ‘Inuit Art’ Exhibition”
Moderator: Bart Pushaw, University of Copenhagen

Dr. Jennifer Y. Chuong

Jennifer Chuong

Terra Foundation for American Art Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow
Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Junior Fellow, Society of Fellows [on leave]
Harvard University