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Online Lecture: Art of the Anthropocene — Nature & Human Impact From 1750 to Now

Program No. 24936RJ
Join us on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at 1 p.m. (ET)/ 10 a.m. (PT), for a one-hour lecture and Q&A exploring how nature is portrayed in art since the Industrial Revolution.

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Join us to explore the way humans have imagined, represented, created and transformed nature since the industrial revolution. Guided by influential artists like Constable, Turner, Corot, Monet, Cole, Bierstadt, Cézanne and Matisse, we will delve into the profound influence of art, architecture and urbanism as humanity grapples with the accelerating pace of climate change. From an art history perspective, we will examine the impacts of the Industrial Revolution on landscapes, the exploitation of natural resources and the emergence of ecological consciousness. From the nostalgically picturesque to the terrifyingly sublime, witness artistic responses that navigate the complex relationship between humanity and the environment. Each concept will be discussed using carefully selected works of art, providing a unique understanding of the Anthropocene.

General Notes

Your online lecture will take place live over the course of 1-2 hours. All times are listed in the EASTERN time zone. If you live in a different time zone, please adjust your schedule accordingly. This live online experience uses Zoom Webinar, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. You will receive a confirmation email when you enroll, and a reminder email one week and one day before, as well as the morning of the event with a link and instructions on how to tune in. You will not be pictured on screen during the lecture, but you will have the opportunity to ask the instructor live questions using the Q&A box. Unless otherwise noted, all those who enroll in this program receive access to the live event as well as a recording of the lecture that you can watch any time within the two weeks following the live event.
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Simon Kenrick
Simon Kenrick, a Road Scholar educator for more than 20 years, has been a political journalist, neighborhood artist, and kindergarten teacher. Currently, he teaches art history at El Camino College, Torrance, and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at San Francisco State University. Well traveled in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, Simon shares his rich insights in Road Scholar talks and museum explorations. From Classical Greece to contemporary arts, his passion illuminates cultural landscapes, spanning medieval Morocco, Impressionist Paris, and beyond.

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Simon Kenrick, a Road Scholar educator for more than 20 years, has been a political journalist, neighborhood artist, and kindergarten teacher. Currently, he teaches art history at El Camino College, Torrance, and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at San Francisco State University. Well traveled in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, Simon shares his rich insights in Road Scholar talks and museum explorations. From Classical Greece to contemporary arts, his passion illuminates cultural landscapes, spanning medieval Morocco, Impressionist Paris, and beyond.





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