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January 27, 2018
Space 151
151 Potrero Ave, San Francisco

Talk by David George Haskell, author of The Songs of Trees
Sasha Petrenko, artist, Lessons from the Forest

tickets available soon


Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Pasadena, California
September 30 – October 1, 2016

A natural occurrence in the chaparral of Southern CA, fire is no longer a way to manipulate the landscape, but a feared destroyer of real estate. Contemporary ecologists are working to change the narrative of destruction and help us understand the ecological importance of letting things burn. Join a group of fascinating speakers to explore our profound relationship with this primeval force. Artists, Scientists and thinkers will present talks on ancient pyrotechnology, fire based ecologies, Burning Man, the Alberta Tar Sands and fireworks.
Featuring presentations by:

Thomas Fenn, Director of the Yale Center for Ancient Pyro-technology

John Doyle, Jean-Lou Chameau Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems at Caltech

George Bennett, photographer

Erica Newman, fire ecologist

William L. Fox, Director of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art

Sara Hiner, musician
Eric Elias, pyro-technician

Mark Briggs, river ecologist with the World Wildlife Fund’s Rio Grande/Bravo Programs

Mia Feuer, artist, Assistant Professor of Sculpture at CA College of the Arts

Flora & Fauna

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
October 18, 2015

Featuring presentations by:

Joanne Northrup, Director of Contemporary Art Initiatives at the Nevada Museum of Art

Maura C. Flannery, Professor of Biology at St. John’s University

Jim Folsom, Director of the Huntington Botanical Gardens

James Griffith, Painter

Mia Lehrer, Landscape Architect

Rosamond Purcell, Photographer

Natania Meeker and Antonia Szabari, Associate Professors of French, Italian and Comparative Literature at USC

Culture & Ecology

University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley
February 10, 2012

Symposium organized by co-curators Shirley Watts and Mary Anne Friel in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition Natural Discourse: Artist, Architects, Scientists & Poets in the Garden opening July 13, 2012.
Featuring presentations by:

Chris Carmichael
The UC Botanical Garden: Public Garden and Living Museum

Hazel White
Panorama Sonnet, for UC Botanical Garden

William L. Fox
Global Gardens of the Anthropocene

Gail Wight
Nature out of sight, out of mind, and underfoot 

Dale Clifford
Porous Boundaries (built and natural environments)

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