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Art History Lecture Series presents Edward J. Sullivan
Sep. 17 | 5:30 - 6:30 PM

LANDSCAPES OF DESIRE: THE LAND AS RESOURCE IN THE CARIBBEAN

This lecture will examine the infra-history of the long tradition of landscape painting in the Caribbean from the end of the 18th century to the beginning of the twentieth. Social and political events critical for the visual definition of such entities as sugar and fruit plantations are discussed through the lens of the varying histories of enslavement and the colonialist circumstances in the islands under control of Britain and Spain. Travelers from the U.S. (including Hudson River painters such as Frederic Edwin Church) and later, more avant-garde artists such as Paul Gauguin also play a crucial role in this story.