Landscape & Memory Lecture Series

How do we perceive landscape in the context of nostalgia, desire, exploitation and Imperialism? Are we looking for Paradise, Arcadia or the Promised Land?


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Class Dates

Wednesday Aug 4, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday Aug 11, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday Aug 18, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday Aug 25, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


How does landscape inform how we identify ourselves, the places in which we live and where we aspire to be? Do we read landscape as narrative or an allegory of psychological and ideological themes?

In four lectures, we will look at landscape painting from its Roman origins to its European and North American peak in the 19th Century, until today. Artists such as Constable and Turner, Bruegel the Elder and van Ruisdael, Friedrich, Fragonard, Monet and Cezanne, the Hudson River School, the Group of Seven, Carr and O'Keeffe, among others, will be included.

Landscape continues to raise questions about the relationship between nature and culture and systems of power. The question is not what landscape 'is' or 'means' but what it 'does' as a process and how it forms our social and subjective identities and how we choose to interpret and represent it.

Electronic device with video camera and microphone
High speed internet
Zoom link and password will be sent by email a few days before class.

Artwork credit: Albert Bierstadt,The Rocky Mountains, Lander's Peak, 1863, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Instructor - Penny-Lynn Cookson

Instructor - Penny-Lynn Cookson

Penny-Lynn Cookson is an art historian, art consultant, lecturer and writer with an earlier career in television, advertising and film production.