The New Social Environment#355

How to Move a Landscape: Blane De St. Croix with Patrick Megonigal and Martha Schwendener


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Blane De St. Croix is joined by climate scientist Patrick Megonigal and art historian Martha Schwendener for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Phong H. Bui.

In this talk

Blane De St. Croix

A portrait of Blane De St. Croix by Brad Ogbonna
Photo by Brad Ogbonna
Inspired by the long history of artists addressing the landscape, artist Blane De St. Croix begins with in-depth research on the science, geopolitics, and culture of a place. Through aesthetically seductive works in various media and recycled materials, De St. Croix tells stories that facilitate a greater understanding of the shared social, political, and environmental changes we face on both a local and global level. He is a 2019 recipient of the Lee Krasner Award from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation in recognition of a lifetime of artistic achievement, The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, among many other awards and fellowships. His exhibition How to Move a Landscape is on view at MASSMoCA through September 6, 2021.

Patrick Megonigal

A portrait of Patrick Megonigal
Senior Scientist and Director of Research at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Pat Megonigal is an ecosystem ecologist with expertise in biogeochemistry, wetland ecology, greenhouse gas emissions, sea level rise, carbon and greenhouse gas cycling in wetlands and forests, particularly as they relate to global change. He is also the Lead Investigator of the Global Change Research Wetland, Founding Director of the Coastal Carbon Network, and Chief Scientist of COMPASS, a DOE-funded coastal science program. Megonigal was principal advisor to Blane De St. Croix during his time as a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow.

Martha Schwendener

Photo of Martha Schwendener
Art historian Martha Schwendener, PhD, is an art critic for the New York Times and a visiting professor at New York University. Her criticism and essays have been published in Artforum, Afterimage, Bookforum, October, Art in America, The New Yorker, the Village Voice, the Brooklyn Rail, Art Papers, New Art Examiner, Paper Monument, and other publications. She is working on a manuscript that examines Vilém Flusser’s philosophy in relation to art.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Phong H. Bui reading.

Phong H. Bui

Photo of Phong Bui taken by Nicola Delorme
Photo by Nicola Delorme
Artist, writer, and independent curator Phong H. Bui is Publisher and Artistic Director of the Brooklyn Rail, the River Rail, Rail Editions, and Rail Curatorial Projects. Among many other awards, Bui received The Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Prize for Arts Writers in 2017, was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from University of the Arts in 2020, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts in 2021.

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