Wednesday, November 18, 2009,
Dana / 012 Fairchild Dining Hall

The lecture will begin at 12:15, please join us at 11:45 for a buffet lunch. Please RSVP to <beth.kopp> if you will be joining us for lunch.

From the nineteenth century to the present, American artists have explored the impact of humans on the environment through pictures and sculptures. Their varied images convey the deep ambivalence felt by Americans who, on the one hand, celebrated the progress of industry while, on the other hand, decrying its often devastating consequences and celebrating the beauty of virgin nature. This tour and discussion will focus on environmental themes in the exhibition Art at Colby: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Colby College Museum of Art.

Lauren Lessing is an art historian and educator with more than twelve years of experience working in museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. In her current position as Mirken Curator of Education at the Colby College Museum of Art, she directs community outreach and programming, and links the Museum’s collections and exhibitions to curriculum at the college. Lauren completed her Ph.D. in Art History at Indiana University in 2006 under the guidance of Sarah Burns, and she has written numerous papers, articles, and catalogue essays on nineteenth and twentieth-century American art.

Sponsored by the ES Program


Open to the Colby community only