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Nature's Nation: American Art and Environment

Karl Kusserow and Alan C. Braddock ; with contributions by Miranda Belarde-Lewis, Teddy Cruz, Rachael Z. DeLue, Mark Dion, Fonna Forman, Laura Turner Igoe, Robin Kelsey, Anne McClintock, Timothy Morton, Rob Nixon, Jeffrey Richmond-Moll, Kimia Shahi, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith
Format
Book
Published
Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Art Museum, [2018]
New Haven, CT ; London : Yale University Press, [date of distribution not identified]
Language
English
ISBN
0300237006, 9780300237009, 9780943012544, 0943012546
Summary
"Nature's Nation: American Art and Environment offers a compelling new vision of American art, examining for the first time how artists have both reflected and shaped environmental understanding while contributing to the development of modern ecological thought. Reframing more than three centuries of diverse artistic practice in North America, this timely volume traces evolving ideas about the environment - and our place in it - from colonial encounters between Indigenous beliefs and European natural theology through nineteenth-century notions of progress and Manifest Destiny to the emergence of contemporary ecological ethics. Far-reaching and multidisciplinary in its interpretive approach, Nature's Nation looks at works of art across genres and media - including painting, sculpture, prints, drawings, photography, decorative arts, and video - revealing important new discoveries about creative encounters with environmental history and politics through materials, techniques, subjects, and ideas, With essays and commentary by both scholars and artists, the book offers the first broad ecocritical review of American art and features work by more than one hundred artists, from Charles Willson Peale, Thomas Cole, and Winslow Homer to Georgia O'Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith"--Book jacket flap.
Public awareness of environmental issues has never been greater, nor has the need for imagining more sustainable and ethical habits of human action and thought, including environmentally informed ways of understanding art history. This multidisciplinary book offers the first broad ecocritical review of American art and examines the environmental contexts of artistic practice from the colonial period to the present day. Tracing how visions of the environment have changed from the Native-European encounter to the emergence of modern ecological activism, more than a dozen scholars and practitioners discuss how artists have both responded to and actively instigated changes in ecological understanding. Far-reaching in its interpretive approach, Nature's Nation looks at artworks across genres and media--including painting, sculpture, prints, photography, decorative arts, and video--revealing important new discoveries about creative encounters with environmental history and politics through materials, techniques, subjects, and ideas. The book features work by more than one hundred artists, from Charles Willson Peale, Thomas Cole, and Winslow Homer to Georgia O'Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith.
Contents
  • Order of things / Alan C. Braddock
  • Ordering the land / Karl Kusserow
  • Trouble with empire / Karl Kusserow
  • Creative matter : tracing the environmental context of materials in American art / Laura Turner Igoe
  • "A knot of species" : Raphaelle Peale's 'Still life with steak' and the ecology of food / Jeffrey Richmond-Moll
  • Wearing the wealth of the land : Chilkat robes and their connection to place / Miranda Belarde-Lewis
  • An interview with Mark Dion / Alan C. Braddock and Karl Kusserow
  • "Man and Nature" : visualizing human impacts / Alan C. Braddock
  • Icon of extinction and resilience / Alan C. Braddock
  • On being still in Eden : Mesopotamia once more, with feeling / Timothy Morton
  • Ghostscapes from the Forever War / Anne McClintock
  • Horner Dodge Martin's landscapes in reverse / Rachael Z. DeLue
  • Entanglements of land and water : picturing contingency in Martin Johnson Heade's 'Newburyport marshes : approaching storm / Kimia Shahi
  • Turning around / Jaune Quick-to-See Smith
  • Vital forms : modernist biocentrism / Alan C. Braddock
  • Big picture : American art and planetary ecology / Alan C. Braddock and Karl Kusserow
  • Photography and the ecological imagination / Robin Kelsey
  • Three islands : an environmental justice archipelago / Rob Nixon
  • Citizenship culture and the transnational environmental commons / Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz.
Description
447 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 428-435) and index.
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