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SEEING NATURE: October 10, 2015 – January 10, 2016

Seeing Nature, Knowing The World
Landscape in Europe and America, 1600 to Now

October 11, 2 p.m.

John E. Buchanan Jr. Memorial Lecture

Rachael Delue, Associate Professor, Department Of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University

Why paint a landscape? In her lecture, Professor Rachel DeLue considers this question, characterizing the manner in which European and American artists approached the representation of nature as a unique way of seeing and understanding the world. Focusing on works from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection, DeLue discusses how translating nature into pictorial form through paint and canvas, as a geographer would with topographic surveys and maps, provided these artists and their audiences with a way of deriving profound meaning from nature’s infinitely varied phenomena and forms.

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Thin Places
Gardens That Move You

October 22, 6 p.m.

There are some places in this world that captivate and inspire. They nudge us out of our traditional ways of seeing the natural world, giving us a deep sense of the magnitude of being in the present. There is a word for these destinations: thin places, where the boundary between heaven and earth is especially thin. Can gardens be thin places? Landscape architect Richard Hartlage suggests that they can, with thoughtful collaboration and discipline. Hartlage will talk about two significant projects that have changed how he perceives the process of creating exceptional gardens that leave strong emotional impressions, and the ingredients that imbue a place with meaning.

This lecture is offered in partnership with the Leach Botanical Garden as part of its 2015 Lecture Series.

The Nature of Seeing
Art, Perception, and the Brain

October 29, 6 p.m.

David Wilson, Director Of The Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health & Science University

The eyes are the window for the brain. Yet there are many mysteries about how our brains makes sense of what we see and, more specifically, how we perceive art. Join leaders in the field of neuroscience from Oregon Health & Science University in Portland and the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle to investigate the brain science behind visual perception, looking at art, and even the ways our brains are wired to see and experience the natural world.

Presented in partnership with Oregon Health & Science University’s Brain Institute and the Allen Institute for Brain Science.

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Seeing Nature: A Museum Director’s Perspective

December 6, 2 p.m.

Brian Ferriso, The Marilyn H. and Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. Director, Portland Art Museum

As a formally trained plein air landscape painter who studied under the direction of Frank Herbert Mason (1921–2009) from the esteemed Art Students League of New York City, Brian Ferriso will reflect on his art-making perspectives and experiences, and how they informed the organization and curation of the landmark exhibition Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection. Ferriso will also provide insights into several key works in the exhibition as well as discuss the five-year journey to bring this major, once-in-a-lifetime exhibition to the Portland Art Museum, the first venue in its national tour.

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