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The Anthropogenic Sublime


CONWAY, Ark. (September 25, 2019) — The Marshall T. Steel Center for the Study of Religion and Philosophy presents The Anthropogenic Sublime, a contemporary art exhibition in Ellis Hall, home of the Hendrix College Departments of Religion and Philosophy. The opening is set for Friday, Sept. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Ellis Hall. This is a come-and-go event featuring the works of six artists, with a guided walk-through at 6 p.m. 

The exhibit is curated by James Dow, Steel Center director and associate professor of philosophy at Hendrix; Professor Melissa Gill of the Hendrix Department of Art; and Mary Kennedy, director/curator of the Windgate Museum of Art at Hendrix College. 

Hurricanes, floods, droughts, and tornadoes produce sublime experiences of nature being bigger than us, more powerful than us, and beyond our comprehension. But, once we acknowledge human-caused changes in the natural environment in the Anthropocene, how do we use art to express the sublimity of natural environments? Works in The Anthropogenic Sublime approach questions about the boundary between humans and nature, about activity and passivity, and about how we express and represent ourselves, our environments, and nature in an era of human-caused changes to the natural environment.   

The exhibit will be open in Ellis Hall from September 2019 through August 2020.

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