"Claimed: Land Use in Western America"

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  • Ongoing: until Sunday, August 12, 2007
  • Sunday: 12:00pm
  • Tuesday: 10:00am
  • Wednesday: 10:00am
  • Thursday: 10:00am
  • Friday: 10:00am
  • Saturday: 10:00am
  • Where: Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence
  • Cost: Free
  • Age limit: All ages

This selection of photographs, prints, and drawings from the Spencer's permanent collection documents aspects of westward expansion and development as it emphasizes the notion that we treat nature as a commodity. The exhibition, organized by Kate Meyer, Curatorial Assistant for Prints & Drawings at the Spencer, draws inspiration from the teaching and scholarship of Professor Donald Worster, Joyce & Elizabeth Hall Professor of U.S. History at the University of Kansas.One theme that drives the exhibition and is integral to Worster's research is the notion that American environmental history can best be understood as a function of political and economic culture. Natural resources are identified and exploited through diverse practices: mining, irrigation, cultivation, excavation. The marks we make upon the land take many forms: offices, reservoirs, parking lots, furrows, fences. These marks reveal the challenges, failures, and aspirations of a destiny made manifest in the land west of the Mississippi.June 16 August 12, 2007South Balcony Gallery

This event was posted June 11, 2007 and last updated Sept. 16, 2014

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