Professor Gary Shapiro from the University of Richmond to deliver lecture on the atmosphere.

October 26 2015
Category: Academics

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
7:00 p.m. in Peterson Chapel, Cowles Hall

Most of us know that the earth is undergoing changes in climate that will have enormous effects, many unpredictable, on human life. Our atmosphere is changing; we can no longer take it for granted. This talk asks how art contributes to awakening and organizing our responses to the atmosphere. It explores the relation between atmosphere in two apparently different senses: the scientific (or meteorological) sense on the one hand; on the other, in the aesthetic (or phenomenological) sense as the pervasive environment, background, and milieu of experience. The talk will review a few leading recent philosophical and aesthetic theories about atmosphere, taking note of some unexpected resources offered by earlier “atmospheric aesthetics.” It will explore some ways in which art engages with the atmospheric, both in traditional forms (landscape architecture, gardens) and more recent earth-oriented land or environmental art.

Gary Shapiro is Tucker-Boatwright Professor in the Humanities-Philosophy Emeritus at the University of Richmond. His writings include Archaeologies of Vision: Foucault and Nietzsche on Seeing and Saying (Chicago, 2003), Earthwards: Robert Smithson and Art After Babel (California, 1995), Alcyone (SUNY, 1991),  and Nietzschean Narratives (Indiana, 1989) and over fifty articles on a variety of philosophical topics. Shapiro’s book Nietzsche’s Earth: Great Events, Great Politics will appear in fall 2016 (Chicago).