Kenyon College

Planetary Respirations Virtual Gallery Talk


Planetary Respirations explores breath, the nonhuman, and the aesthetics of planetary atmosphere in an effort to understand the question: ‘Who can breathe easily in the Anthropocene?’ using the work of artist John Gerrard on view in the exhibition The Art of Trees at the Gund Gallery January 22–April 11, 2021.

Orchid Tierney is Assistant Professor of English at Kenyon College. Her research focuses on the Anthropocene, waste, and waste management in contemporary experimental poetry. She is the author of a year of misreading (Operating System, 2019), ocean plastic (BlazeVOX, 2019), blue doors (belladonna*, 2018), and her scholarship, reviews, and poetry have appeared in Jacket2, Fractured Ecologies, and elsewhere.

This virtual gallery talk was recorded on April 6, 2021.

The Gund Gallery exhibitions and programs are made possible, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.



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