In Dialogue: Artists, Social Movements, and the Creation of Nature

October 25, 2015 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Trustee Room, Mark Building

This seminar will consider how environmental social movements, the creation of nature, and the ecological crisis relate to the exhibitions at the Portland Art Museum. We will explore different constructions of a mythic or ideal nature, its impact on social change, and specifically how these processes shape efforts to address climate change. We will also examine the affinity between artists and revolutionaries in creating new realities from their visions as well as our participation in this creative process.

David Osborn is a faculty member at Portland State University and has been involved in a wide variety of social movements. His current interests include movement ecology, the impact of cosmology on social change, and emotional and spiritual relationships to the climate crisis.

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The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.