The Art of Trees: A new social imaginary in the face of environmental crisis
This program explores the vital and redemptive role of trees in affirming shared human experiences and restoring our kinship with nature. Critically analyzing how we appreciate, live with, use, destroy, and represent trees in life, art, science, and the humanities, this speaker series will interrogate our changing relationship with the natural world in the midst of environmental crisis.
Subhankar Banerjee, Professor, Art and Ecology; Chair of Land Arts of the American West; Director, Land Arts Mobile Research Center, University of New Mexico
Professor Banerjee’s lecture will focus on the broader themes of multispecies justice and the interdisciplinary community-engaged initiatives of the Art & Ecology program at the University of New Mexico.
Tuesday, March 17, 5:30-6:30 PM
Community Foundation Theater, Gund Gallery
A public reception will be held in the Fischman Lobby from 4:30-5:30 PM. Light refreshments will be served.
Art of Trees events are free and open to the public.
About the speaker:
Subhankar Banerjee is an artist, writer, public scholar, and activist. Over the past two decades, he has witnessed significant impacts of the escalating human-caused biological and climate crises in three places in North America: Alaska’s Arctic; the piñon-juniper woodlands in the high-desert of northern New Mexico; and the coastal temperate rainforests in the Pacific Northwest. These experiences informed and shaped his creative and scholarly work on multispecies justice. His work has contributed significantly to the campaign to defend critical biological nurseries and Indigenous rights in Alaska’s Arctic, including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. His photographs have been shown in more than fifty exhibitions around the world, including Long Environmentalism currently on view at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, New Mexico. An exhibition of his work was censored at the Smithsonian in 2003 due to political pressure resulting in a major national controversy, and in 2018, he withdrew participating in the 12th Shanghai Biennale due to censorship. Subhankar is editor of the anthology Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point; co-curator (with Dr. Josie Lopez) of Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande; and co-editor (with TJ Demos and Emily Eliza Scott) of a forthcoming Routledge anthology on contemporary art, visual culture and climate change. He lectures widely and is a regular contributor to TomDispatch and Democracy Now! Subhankar holds the Lannan Chair and is a professor of Art & Ecology at the University of New Mexico.
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Gund Gallery exhibitions and public programs are supported, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.