"Ecologies, Agents, Terrains" by Christopher P. Heuer

Ecologies, Agents, Terrains Christopher P. Heuer, Rebecca Zorach

Series:
Clark Studies in the Visual Arts
Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
08 Mar 2018
ISBN:
9780300233162
Imprint:
Clark Art Institute
Dimensions:
300 pages: 241 x 178mm
Illustrations:
150 color illus.

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The newest volume in the acclaimed Clark Studies in the Visual Arts series, this collection of essays explores the intrinsic connection between art and the environment. The romance and rejection of “nature” have always occupied places at the heart of art making and art history, and the resulting practices and discourses have had significant impact on public imagination and perception of ecological crises. The essays in this volume discuss many topics at the intersection of art and ecology, including literal convergences of art and earth, such as 1960s Land Art; social ecologies, like legislative art; rhetorical discourses of environmental interconnectedness or estrangement, such as large-scale agriculture; and performative landscape/body situations, including site-based ceremonies. Ultimately, the essays here provoke us to rethink art and ecology in material-practical terms, looking for alternatives to tropes of “landscape” and “place.” 
 

Christopher P. Heuer is former associate and interim director of the Research and Academic Program at the Clark Art Institute and faculty at Williams College, and Rebecca Zorach is the Mary Jane Crowe Professor of Art History at Northwestern University.