Shared Landscapes


Visiting Artist Lecture by Patricia Johanson

September 9, 2014 (Boulder, CO): Please join us for our first Visiting Artist lecture by Patricia Johanson. Author of Art and Survival, Patricia is known for her large-scale art projects that create aesthetic and practical habitats for humans and wildlife. On Tuesday, September 30, 2014, she will present a slide lecture Shared Landscapes from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Nalanda Campus, 6287 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO. Shared Landscapes will focus on the biological basis of how nature shares resources. She will discuss how we can learn to design projects that are beneficial to all species, weaving together human needs, beauty, ecological infrastructure, wildlife continuity to create a cooperative community.

Patricia Johanson’s monumental public projects originate from small drawings and are simultaneously aesthetic, ecological and functional. From Endangered Garden in San Francisco—both a municipal sewer and a California State Park—to her Park for the Amazon Rainforest and Mary’s Garden (a Pennsylvania mining reclamation site) she demonstrates her concern for protecting our common biological heritage while creating major sculptural infrastructure. Her work embodies her attunement to the meaning of each place, and her vision of designing human structures as ecological art forms. Art critic Lucy Lippard writes, “Of all the artists (so many of them women) who have become known over the last few decades for large-scale public art in/with nature—what is now called ‘eco-art,’ Johanson stands out as a seldom-acknowledged pioneer. Her writings of the late 1960s, when she was still in her twenties, are a cornucopia of possibilities for environmental art and planning that are still being ‘discovered’ today.”

Her enthusiasm for nature and for art began in childhood. She grew up in New York City, where her mother, a former model, introduced her to the arts. As a high school student, she excelled at music, but at Bennington College (1958–1962) she was a painting major. Through her contacts at Bennington, Patricia became part of the 1960s New-York art-world. She met fellow-artists Kenneth NolandDavid Smith, Helen FrankenthalerFranz KlinePhilip Guston and Joseph Cornell.

Shared Landscapes is in collaboration with University of Colorado’s Environmental Design Program. On Monday, September 29, from 5:47 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Room 134 in CU’s Environmental Design Building, Patricia will present Art for the Living World. For more information contact: .

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