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Paul Mellon Centre: “Apocalyptic Conjunctures: The Weather of Art History”
October 22, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
A Keynote Lecture by Andrew Patrizio, part of the British Art & Natural Forces Programme.
This wide-ranging paper will consider Herbert Read’s anarchistic views of the 1940s as a pivotal moment, that drew on radically organic and romantic political models of the past but pointed towards the multiple kinds of approaches available to art historians today, as they work alongside others in an expanded environmental humanities movement. The paper will attempt to offer useful methodological approaches captured within an historical context, where the apocalyptic presence of World War Two, the subsequent nuclear threat, and today’s climate collapse give ecological possibilities in art history new urgency.