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Symposium - Alexander von Humboldt and the Order of Nature: Aspects of Culture and Landscape in the Americas

Americas Society

April 30, 2014
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Welcome Remarks

  • Harper Montgomery, Distinguished Lecturer and Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Professor in Latin American Art, Hunter College: morning
  • Gabriela Rangel, Director of Visual Arts and Chief Curator, Americas Society: afternoon

11:00am to 1:00pm - PANEL 1: Humboldt and Social Order in the Americas

  • Introduction: Wenzel Bilger, Regional Program Director, Goethe- Institute, New York.
  • Respondent: Mary Louise Pratt, Silver Professor and Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures at New York University. 

Scholars:

  • Ottmar Ette, Chair of Romance Literature, University of Potsdam.

Title: Alexander von Humboldt as a World Citizen. Nomadic Knowledge and the Global Landscapes of Theory

  • Michael Zeuske, Professor of Caribbean and Latin American History, Universität zu Köln

Title: Humboldt and Slavery

  • Laura Dassow Walls, William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English, University of Notre Dame.

Title: The Manifold Nature of Humboldt's Pocket Cosmos.

  • Mark Dion, Contemporary Artist.

Title: An Artist Responds to the Collecting Tradition of Naturalists in the Neotropics

1:00 pm to 2:30pm - BREAK

2:30pm to 5:30pm - PANEL 2: Humboldt's Influence on the Art of the Americas

  • Video: The Wake, by Dana Levy
  • Introduction: Georgia de Havenon, Exhibition Guest Curator
  • Respondent: Katherine Manthorne, Professor of Art of the Unites States, Latin America and Their Cross-Currents, 1750-1950, The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Scholars:

  • Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art, Yale University. 

Title: Humboldt, the Panorama, and Landscape Painting

  • Kevin J. Avery, Senior Research Scholar, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Title: The Art of the Order of Nature: Frederic Church and Humboldt's Earthly Model

  • Pablo Diener, Professor in the History Department at the Universidad Federal de Mato Grosso, in Brazil

Title: The Creation of a Science Accessible through the Senses: Humboldt and the Travelers' Art

  • Alicia Lubowski-Jahn: Exhibition Guest Curator

Title: Nature's Unity: Alexander von Humboldt's Picturesque Vision of Ecology

Learn more about this exhibition.

Event Information: Nuria Mendoza | nmendoza@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8367
Press Inquiries: Adriana La Rotta | alarotta@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8384

Eduard Ender (Austrian, 1822-1883). Alexander von Humboldt and Bonpland in the Jungle Hut, ca. 1850. Archive of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.