CHESTERTOWN, MD—University of California-Berkeley professor Gregory Levine will talk about the role of art historians in responding to ecological collapse when he lectures at Washington College on Thursday, April 11. His talk, “Silenced by Aesthetics? A Tentative Poetics of Art History and Ecology,” will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall, on campus.
Among the questions he will address are: How might art history contribute to ecological thinking, perhaps in ways that the natural sciences cannot? Should we make “art objects” “ecological subjects”? What would “eco-arthistory” look like?
Levine teaches the art and architecture of Japan and Buddhist visual cultures in U.C. Berkeley’s Department of the History of Art. He co-teaches a seminar on “Socially Engaged Art and the Future of the Public University.” A recipient of both a Guggenheim and a Fulbright Hayes Fellowship, he has edited or contributed chapters to numerous books and journals. His book Daitokuji: The Visual Cultures of a Zen Monastery was a 2007 finalist for the Charles Rufus Morey Prize for distinguished books in art history.
The April 11 talk is co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History and the Center for Environment and Society.