2/23/17 – Laura McPhee and Taylor Perron

This Land | Laura McPhee and Taylor Perron
MIT List Visual Arts Center, Bartos Theatre
20 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA 
Thursday, February 23, 2017, 7-8pm

Renowned photographer Laura McPhee and MIT geologist Taylor Perron will share their concern for the American landscape through their respective projects and will discuss how they each bring awareness to the evolution of land and landscape. McPhee’s images invite contemplation about the unintended consequences of humanity’s attempts to control and manage nature and ask how we use the earth and to what ends. Perron uses fieldwork, remote imaging techniques and computer simulations to discover how landscapes change through time.

Many questions arise: How do scientists use images to evaluate and understand issues facing the environment? How do these same issues affect the choices made by artists like McPhee?  How do both science and art bring awareness to the public, an awareness we need now more than ever?