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Art and the Environment: A Local History

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deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

51 Sandy Pond Road

Lincoln, MA 01773

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How have artists responded to New England's diverse coastal and river ecosystems, as well as the region's layered indigenous, colonial, and industrial histories? Join us as Art Historian Kirsten Swenson connects past and present environmental art and landscape design, from Frederick Law Olmsted to Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Mags Harries, and Lajos Héder.

Kirsten Swenson is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Her research interests include urban histories of minimal and conceptual art, artist-designed landscapes, gender politics, and public art. She is the author of Irrational Judgments: Eva Hesse, Sol LeWitt, and 1960s New York (Yale University Press, 2015) and co-editor and author, with Emily Eliza Scott, of Critical Landscapes: Art, Space, Politics (University of California Press, 2015). Swenson is currently writing a book on artist-designed landscapes and urban development, addressing the intersection of Land art and public art through the work of Nancy Holt, Agnes Denes, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, and others.

Over 2018-2020, she is leading “Local Ecologies,” a teaching, research, and exhibition initiative, with colleagues from UMass Dartmouth and UMass Boston.

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