Dec 19 2022


6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Department of Art History

Department of Art History

Tracing Water: Contemporary Art and Climate Change

Date: 19 December 2022 (Monday)
Time: 6-7:30pm
Venue: Online via zoom (Meeting ID: 999 8229 1929 | Password: 974576)
Speaker: Prof. Joshua Shannon (Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory, The University of Maryland, USA)


Beginning by observing that climate change demands not only technical and political solutions but a remaking of some of our most basic beliefs, this talk turns to recent climate art for the ways in which it can guide and ignite this process. Looking at examples in forms ranging from science-fiction film to contemporary-art installations, the talk considers the difficulty, given its geographic and temporal dispersal, of visually representing climate.

About the speaker:

Joshua Shannon is Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Maryland, USA. His research and teaching investigate modern and contemporary art in relationship to social and cultural history, with special interests in architecture, cities, landscape, and ecology. His publications include The Disappearance of Objects: New York Art and the Rise of the Postmodern City (Yale University Press, 2009), The Recording Machine: Art and Fact During the Cold War (Yale University Press, 2017) and, co-edited with Jason Weems and Laura Bieger, Humans (Terra/Chicago, 2021).


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