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Carved Alive: Tree-Icons in Japan and Arboreal Art History

Thursday, November 14 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Lawrence Hall, 166
1190 Franklin Boulevard, Eugene, OR

Greg Levine, Professor, Art and Architecture of Japan and Buddhist Visual Cultures, UC Berkeley.

What is ecocentric art history? It’s a question that runs up against hyper-extraction capitalism and its antidemocratic regimes as they ravage the biosphere and dispossess billions of people of all species—pushing life itself towards catastrophic free fall.

This talk grounds the question of the ecocentric in trees and Buddhas, in “tree-icons.” In such images we find humans, living trees, and image worlds brought into contact in the hard politics of human action upon biota, and in religious, visual-material, and ecological systems. What might such contact suggest for a different art history that thinks and acts in a centerless ecology?

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations, Lecture


College of Design, Department of the History of Art and Architecture

Target Audience

All Students, Faculty/Staff, Graduate Students, New Students




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