Nature: From Howling Wilderness to Vacation Destination
Adirondack Museum Cabin Fever Sunday: "Nature: From Howling Wilderness to Vacation Destination" Lecture
February 12, 2012
Drawing on landscape painting, photography, traveler's accounts, and other sources, this presentation explores the evolution of American attitudes towards nature. Beginning with perceptions of the American landscape as a howling wilderness, a wasteland to be tamed and transformed, the lecture traces the social, cultural and economic forces that led to the perception of wild nature as something of value to be experienced and preserved. Key topics and figures along the way include the sublime, romanticism, Henry David Thoreau, Thomas Cole and the Hudson River School, John Muir, Ansel Adams, and the Lorax. Presented by Charles Mitchell, Associate Professor, American Studies, Elmira College
This Speakers in the Humanities event, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Due to construction at the museum, the Cabin Fever Sundays scheduled in Blue Mountain Lake will now be held at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts at 1:30 p.m. The Museum Store will not be open. We apologize for any inconvenience.