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Second Site - James Nisbet

Dr. James Nisbet, Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Studies at the University of California, Irvine, will present a lecture based on his new book, Second Site (Princeton University Press, 2021). He is the author of Ecologies, Environments, and Energy Systems in Art of the 1960s and 1970s and the coeditor of The Invention of the American Desert: Art, Land, and the Politics of Environment. He lives in Irvine, California. 

About Second Site
In the decades after World War II, artists and designers of the land art movement used the natural landscape to create monumental site-specific artworks. Second Site offers a powerful meditation on how environmental change and the passage of time alter and transform the meanings-and sometimes appearances- of works created to inhabit a specific place. James Nisbet offers fresh approaches to well-known artworks by Ant Farm, Rebecca Belmore, Nancy Holt, Richard Serra, and Robert Smithson. He also examines the work of less recognized artists such as Agnes Denes, Bonnie Devine, and Herman De Vries. Nisbet tracks the vicissitudes wrought by climate change and urban development on site-specific artworks, taking readers from the plains of Amarillo, Texas, to the field of volcanic rock in Mexico City, to abandoned quarries in Finland. Providing vital perspectives on what it means to endure in an ecologically volatile world, Second Site challenges long-held beliefs about the permanency of site-based art, with implications for the understanding and conservation of artistic creation and cultural heritage.