Join Nancy Siegel to learn about women American landscape artists in the context of nationalism, identity and the natural environment from the nineteenth century to the present day. In an era of environmental awareness, our relationship with the American landscape is fraught with ever-changing legislation, regulations, and ideas concerning the preservation or use of natural resources. While we may see this as part of the consciousness of the twenty-first century, artists of the nineteenth century grappled with similar concerns. This talk provides an historical backdrop to some of the ways in which landscape painters, women artists in particular, were eager to capture on canvas, the beauty and awe they found in the American landscape as part of a larger conversation regarding nationalism, identity, and the natural environment.
Nancy Siegel specializes in American landscape studies, print culture, and culinary history of the 18th and 19th centuries. Her current projects include the exhibition, Curious Taste: The Appeal of British Satire and the manuscript, Political Appetites: Revolution, Taste, and Culinary Activism in the Early Republic. In addition to organizing and co-curating the 2010 exhibition, Remember the Ladies: Women of the Hudson River School for the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, NY she has served as a curatorial consultant for them on a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to generate content for new interpretive exhibitions. She has authored many published articles and been the recipient of numerous research grants and fellowships including: Scholar in Residence at the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany; Terra Foundation for American Art; the Smithsonian American Art Museum.