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807 | Art and the Land
807 | Art and the Land

Shift, Richard Serra; Photo Credit: Eamon MacMahon

Sat, Nov 12 | 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Hall
111 S Michigan Ave | Chicago, IL | 60603
  • Members: $10
  • Public: $12
  • Students and Teachers: $5

When the environmental movement of the 1960s got underway, art also underwent an ecological turn, one that continues to the present day. Art historian James Nisbet will survey some of the results, including a number of pivotal outdoor artworks left to weather and change over time, and consider what they show us about contemporary climate change.

This program recognizes a generous multiyear grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art. The Terra Foundation is dedicated to fostering the exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts in the United States for national and international audiences.


James Nisbet is Associate Professor in the Department of Art History and Director of Graduate Studies for the Ph.D. Program in Visual Studies at the University of California, Irvine. He works on modern and contemporary art, theory, and criticism, with special interests in environmental history, the history of photography, and media studies. Nisbet’s book Ecologies, Environments, and Energy Systems in Art of the 1960s and 1970s was published by MIT Press in 2014.

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