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Picturing Nature Opening Reception
November 9 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Picturing Nature: Diverse Environmental Considerations ponders an assortment of cultural responses to nature through an expansive look at art, design, and environmental activism mostly over the last two centuries. Drawing from St. Olaf College collections and beyond, this exhibition presents over 120 works and interprets them through an interdisciplinary ecocritical lens drawing upon art and environmental history. Artistic responses to well known environmental issues such as industrialization, global warming, and endangered species are presented alongside celebratory, poetic, and abstract responses to the natural world. The exhibition introduces how cultural perspectives — shaped by societal values, religious beliefs, customs and the like — have had profound environmental consequences.
This exhibition is curated by Associate Professor of Art History and Environmental Studies Matthew Rohn with help from students of Art History and Environmental Studies. Special thanks to the departments of Art and Art History and Environmental Studies for their generous support.