College Art Assn, NYC Feb 9-12, 2011.
Deborah Bright’s best known and most oft-cited essay, “Of Mother Nature and Marlboro Man: An Inquiry Into the Cultural Meaning of Landscape Photography” (1985), remarked on the “spectacular resurgence” of landscape photography during the Reagan era. Bright’s influential essay identified landscape photography’s century-old material association with Manifest Destiny, western expansion, tourism, and national identity. More provocatively, Bright noted the enduring association of Western landscape photography with the “masculine eye,” inquiring, “Where are the women?” With renewed interest in landscape photography evident today in scholarship and recent exhibitions (Into the Sunset; New Topographics), what responses might we offer 25 years later to the issues Bright raised? This panel invites papers on the essay’s primary points of contention--the ideological, economic, environmental, and gendered conditions of landscape photography--and the degree to which they remain relevant to current economic and environmental concerns. And, indeed, where are the women now?
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Dept Art & Art History
University of Connecticut
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Storrs, CT 06269-1099
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