Seen from Above: Aerial Photographer David Maisel Views the Age of Humans

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Discussion, 29 September 2021

American photographer and visual artist David Maisel, whose large-format aerial photographs highlight industrial scars on natural landscapes, will discuss the politics and aesthetics of radically human-altered environments with co-curator of the Unsettled Nature exhibition, Joanna Marsh.


Maisel has spent decades making aerial images of environmentally damaged sites, both throughout the United States and, most recently, in Chile’s ecologically sensitive Atacama Desert. He and Marsh consider how we can expand our notions of landscape by including damaged sites like open pit mines, areas of clearcut deforestation, and massive water reclamation zones.


This program is part of a series of conversations with artists featured in Unsettled Nature: Artists Reflect on the Age of Humans. Learn more about the series and the exhibition here.


This program will be presented as a Zoom video webinar. A link will be emailed to all registrants. 


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28 September 2021