Art&: Emergency of Emergencies–The Aesthetics and Politics of Climate Justice

Thursday, September 15, 2022,

Ostrove Auditorium, Colby College, and live-streamed via Zoom webinar

Join us for a public talk by T. J. Demos, founder of the Center for Creative Ecologies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, about the intersections of contemporary art, radical politics, and ecology. Demos’ work looks at the places where art, activism, and visual culture oppose racial, colonial, and extractive capitalism, working toward social, economic, and environmental justice.

This presentation offers a reading of select aesthetic practices that connect with climate justice—specifically the analysis of climate propagandas by Jonas Staal; the forensic racial justice investigations of Imani Jacqueline Brown and Forensic Architecture; and the Indigenous futurism of Thirza Jean Cuthand.

This hybrid program is free and open to all. It will be held in person at Ostrove Auditorium and live-streamed via Zoom webinar for online participants. Registration can be found here. The recording will be made available at a later date on the Colby College Museum of Art’s YouTube Channel.

This program is cosponsored by the Colby College Environmental Studies Department.

About T. J. Demos

T. J. Demos is Professor and Patricia and Rowland Rebele Endowed Chair in art history and visual culture at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he is also the founder and director of the Center for Creative Ecologies. He is the author of numerous books, including: Beyond the World’s End: Arts of Living at the Crossing (Duke University Press, 2020), Decolonizing Nature: Contemporary Art and Political Ecology (Sternberg Press, 2016), and Against the Anthropocene: Visual Culture and Environment Today, (Sternberg Press, 2017).

The Art& series brings together visiting artists, scholars, museum staff, and community experts for conversations about exhibitions, collections, and projects at the Colby College Museum of Art and its Lunder Institute for American Art. A mix of in-person, virtual, and hybrid programs, this series is designed for those interested in learning more about art and engaging with the key issues of our times. 

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