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Changing views: Photography and Environmental Action > Forum


Changing Views: Photography and Environmental Action

September 27, 2013 | 10 am – 1 pm
Dome Room of the Rotunda

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Lunch to follow at the OpenGrounds Corner Studio

Final Fridays Reception
September 27, 2013 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Fralin Museum of Art

The Changing Views forum brings together scholars and practitioners from multiple disciplines to address how representations of the environment influence ideas and attitudes toward conservation. In the process of examining the ways in which Ansel Adams’s work opened the door for successive generations of artists, and environmental activists, designers, and scientists, this forum will challenge and deepen our understanding of the environment. We will consider not only the pristine landscapes that have been conserved in our national parks, but also an array of marginalized and damaged sites, as well as the productive landscapes that people occupy today.

Forum Participants

Finis Dunaway, a cultural philosopher from Trent University,
Artists Mike Osborne, whose work is featured in the “Looking at the New West” exhibit
Artist Terri Weifenbach,
Brian Richter, the Director of Global Freshwater Strategies for The Nature Conservancy,
Julie Bargmann, an internationally recognized landscape architect, designer, and UVa faculty member.

The discussion will focus on the connections between perception and action, and the complexity of multiple demands on the landscape.

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Golden Gate Headlands from Lincoln Park, San Francisco, California, 1952<br/>
Photograph by Ansel Adams Collection<br/> 
Center for Creative Photography<br/>
 © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights TrustTerri Weifenbach, <br/>
              Between Maple and Chesnut 1, 2005<br/>
              © 2013 Terri WeifenbachDavid T. Hanson, “View from First Baptist Church of Colstrip: company houses and power plant”, 1984<br/>
                from the series Colstrip, Montana (1982-85). <br />
                © 2013 David T. HansonMike Osborne<br />
American, b. 1978<br />
Vertellus (Peak), 2012<br />
Archival inkjet print, 28 x 35 in, 71.12 x 88.9 cm<br />
Courtesy of the artist<br />
© Mike OsborneAt Zabriskie Point, Death Valley National Monument, <br/>California, 1942 <br/>
Photograph by Ansel Adams Collection<br/> 
Center for Creative Photography<br/>
 © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights TrustTerri Weifenbach  <br/>XXI  9 September 1992<br/>
 © 2013 Terri Weifenbach Dead Animals #327<br/>
                Richard Misrach, 1987<br/>
                Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles


Essays by Finis Dunaway, William Sherman, Brian Richter, Julie Bargmann
Co-Edited by William Sherman, William Wylie, and Lindsey Hepler
ISBN 978-0-9893995-0-0 University of Virginia
Available August 2013 $30

The OpenGrounds Forum publication complements and expands on the ideas presented by the forum participants, an impressive array of artists and scholars from diverse disciplines. Their essays, both verbal and visual, reflect upon the connections between perception and action. 
Weaving together the personal experiences and professional work of its contributors, the publication explores the impact of representations of the landscape, and the ways in which these images can change the dynamics of our work, often opening our eyes to a new set of possibilities. The publication’s essays and images address abstract themes and unite them with concrete examples of the ways in which artists, scholars, and practitioners apply new perceptions and public understandings of the landscape to their own work.

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Images from "Looking at the New West"
Upper right: Michael Lundgren
American, b. 1974
Basin, 2005
Gelatin silver print, edition 1 of 5, 32 x 40 in, 81.28 x 101.6 cm
Courtesy of the artist and ClampArt
© Michael Lundgren

Lower right: Joni Sternbach
American, b. 1953
10.09.30 #1 Tracks, c. 2010
Unique wet collodion tintype on steel, 8 x 10 in, 20.32 x 25.4 cm
Courtesy of the artist
© Joni Sternbach

Above: Mike Osborne
American, b. 1978
Vertellus (Peak), 2012
Archival inkjet print, 28 x 35 in, 71.12 x 88.9 cm
Courtesy of the artist
© Mike Osborne