Curator Talk


Rapid Change / Short Time
Sunday, September 23, 3 pm 

The environmental crisis has become an urgent and crucial issue in our contemporary world. Many scientists believe we have changed so profoundly that we now occupy a new geological era—the Anthropocene. Kerry Oliver-Smith, Curator Emeritus of Contemporary Art will discuss the changing relationships between humans and non-humans and the artists’ role as a witness and catalyst of new ways of thinking, seeing and imagining a vital world to come.


Collector Talk

The Great Catastrophe
Sunday, September 30, 3 pm

Robert Sanchez will discuss his experiences as an art collector, including his collection of vintage posters and prints on view in The Great Catastrophe: Remembering WWI, 1914 – 1918, which he co-curated with Carol McCusker, Curator of Photography. Robert and Elizabeth Sanchez collect 20th century photographs, prints and other works on paper. Selections from their photography collection were included in the 2018 exhibition State of Excellence--Treasures from Florida Private Collections at the Orlando Museum of Art.


Collector Lecture 

Keep the Home Fires Burning: Postcards from the Front
Sunday, October 28, 3 pm

A popular song in the First World War sent a message from soldiers to their loved ones to “keep the home fires burning/while your hearts are yearning.” The most common means of staying in touch was through the mail. The German field post office alone handled 19 million pieces of mail each day. This illustrated lecture by Geoffrey J. Giles, UF Emeritus Associate Professor of History will show examples of some of the surprising themes embellishing picture postcards beyond the typical patriotism and heroism, including those on loan from Giles and in the exhibition The Great Catastrophe: Remembering WWI, 1914 – 1918.


Harn Eminent Scholar Chair in Art History Lecture 

A Paradoxical Queen: Royal Spaces for Marie de’ Medici in Baroque France
Friday, September 21, 6 pm, Reception to follow 
Nicola Courtright, William McCall Vickery 1957 Professor of the History of Art and Chair of Architectural Studies, Amherst College

Around 1600, French royal residences displayed imagery that surprisingly suggested an authoritative political place for the spouse of King Henri IV. The château of Fontainebleau especially contained artful vocabulary that wittily, yet seriously, illuminated the paradoxical position that a queen occupied in Baroque France.


Panel Discussion: WWI, Then and Now

Thursday, October 11, 6:30 pm (during Museum Nights)

Hear from UF professors, award-winning authors and foreign correspondents during a panel discussion on the enduring legacies of World War I and how the war shaped the world we live in today. Moderated by Robert Sanchez, co-curator of The Great Catastrophe: Remembering WW1, 1914 - 1918.


  • Dexter Filkins, staff writer for The New Yorker, former New York Times reporter, and author of The Forever War
  • Andrew Nagorski, author of Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power and The Nazi Hunters, former senior editor/reporter for Newsweek (Moscow bureau chief)
  • Matthew Jacobs, UF Assoc. Professor of History, author of Imagining the Middle East: The Building of An American Foreign Policy, 1918-1967
  • Rachel Silveri, UF Assist. Professor of Art History, specialist in post-WWI avant-garde/gender studies, author of The Art of Living in the Historical Avant-Garde



Symposium: The World to Come: Art, Politics, and Climate Change 

Keynote: Friday, October 19, 6 pm, Reception to follow. 
Symposium: Saturday, October 20, 10 am – 5 pm, Reception to follow. 

Join us for an interdisciplinary symposium fostering dialogue around artistic experimental practices, scientific fieldwork and anthropological research in response to the greatest planetary crisis of our era. The symposium is presented in conjunction with the exhibition The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene. Lively conversations between guest speakers, UF faculty and attendees will confront the challenges of artistic, political and personal practice in the late Anthropocene, in search of ways forward to a more vibrant, compassionate and just future. This program is open to the public and presented by the Harn Museum of Art and UF Imagining Climate Change.

Support for the symposium is from the National Endowment for the Arts, UF Center for Humanities & the Public Sphere (Rothman Endowment), Harn Eminent Scholar Chair in Art History Lecture Series (keynote), UF Imagining Climate Change and UF Office of Research. For more information visit the exhibition website or UF Imagining Climate Change.


Keynote Lecture
Blackout: The Necropolitics of Extraction 
Friday, October 19, 6 pm, Reception to follow. 

T.J. Demos, Professor of History of Art; Director the Center for Creative Ecologies, University of California, Santa Cruz

This presentation addresses extraction, as well as the politics and aesthetics of emergent forms of resistance today. In view of spreading sacrifice zones given over to resource mining, abetted by exploitative international trade agreements and the finance of debt servitude, what forms do the cultural politics of resistance take, and how are artist-activists materializing the images and sounds of emancipation and decolonization? With reference to the diverse artwork of Angela Melitopoulos, Allora & Calzadilla, and Ursula Biemann, which considers geographies of conflict in such regions as Greece, Puerto Rico, and Canada and Bangladesh, this analysis considers a range of leading artistic approaches that adopt an aesthetics of intersectionality that reveals complex causalities and effects, offers a modeling of politico-ecological interpretation, and proposes forms of solidarity with those on the frontlines of opposition.

Saturday, October 20, 10 am – 5 pm, Reception to follow.

Speakers include: 

  • Marisol de la Cadena, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Davis  
  • Terry Harpold, Associate Professor, UF Department of English; Director, Imagining Climate Change
  • Ellen E. Martin, Professor, UF Department of Geological Sciences; Co-Director, Florida Climate Institute 
  • Pedro Neves Marques, Visual artist, writer and editor
  • Brett Scheffers, Assistant Professor, UF Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation 
  • Les Thiele, Professor, UF Department of Political Science; Director of Sustainability Studies and the Center for Adaptive Innovation, Resilience, Ethics and Science 


For a detailed schedule, visit the Symposium page or Facebook event.