Joseph Rusling Meeker, Landscape (Bayou), 1879.

Lecture: Angela Miller

October 23, 2013
6p Reception, Kemper Art Museum; 6:30p Lecture, Steinberg Auditorium

Angela Miller, professor in the Department of Art History & Archaeology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University, will deliver a lecture titled Nature's History: American Landscape Art and Environmental Thinking.

Miller will consider various episodes in the history of Americans' encounter with nature over the course of the nineteenth century, as seen through the lens of landscape art and imagery. What do these varied and often grandly scaled paintings reveal about the cultural meanings of nature? Read through the new environmental turn in the humanities, American landscape art suggests a range of conflicting attitudes associated with a nation bent on transforming nature into culture while still bound to the idea of wilderness.

Miller has lectured and published internationally in a range of areas spanning the sixteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. Her 1993 book Empire of the Eye: Landscape Representation and American Cultural Politics, 1825-1875 won awards from the Smithsonian Institution and the American Studies Association. She is a lead author, along with five others, of American Encounters: Art, History, and Cultural Identity (2008), an integrated history of the arts from preconquest to the present. In 2012 she was the Terra Visiting Professor at the Courtauld Institute in London, and at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies in Berlin.

Image credit

Joseph Rusling Meeker, Landscape (Bayou), 1879. Oil on canvas, 22 1/8 x 34 1/8". Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. Gift of J. Harold Pettus, 1965.