Art & Ecology lecture this Tues, Kilkenny Castle: Dr Jo Anna Isaak

Some of you may have seen this notice already. I hope to dash out from the arts office to listen in!


Pisces #25 Chromogenic print 2003, Susan Unterberg

“And for this Nature is Never Spent: Art and Environmental Reform”

Lecture given by Dr. Jo Anna Isaak, John L. Marion Chair in Art History, Fordham University, New York

Tuesday September 8, 2009, (1- 2pm)
The Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle
FREE – Booking Essential

In this once-off Butler Gallery lunchtime talk, Professor Jo Anna Isaak traces modern art’s sustained connection with nature and its subsequent role in environmental reform. She presents the work of a number of contemporary artists working in a variety of non traditional media, who are engaged in what she terms “the greening of the avant-garde” — employing their talents in the service of environmental awareness, providing innovative approaches and models of participatory engagement, designing solutions to environmental problems and broadening public concern for what is becoming the most pressing issue of our time– environmental degradation. She suggests that one of the most radical of modernism’s avant-garde gestures may be in art’s reintegration into the praxis of life, and the realization that art may be necessary for our successful stewardship of the environment.

The Butler Gallery are delighted to welcome Dr. Isaak to Kilkenny, who has very generously agreed to give this talk while in Ireland and continue the discussion on art, ecology and the environment, currently the focus of Moot – Kilkenny Arts Office and Butler Gallery’s series of discussions.

Please contact the Butler Gallery for more information and to book a place by calling 056 7761106

Contact Tel.: 056 7761106

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