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“Photography is a medium well-suited to recording and imagining the world. It is a cipher for knowledge and a precise yet malleable cataloging system that can be used to make sense of things that are not readily identifiable. And it can be terrifyingly particular in its results. Something beautiful and disquieting happens when David Maisel trains his camera on unfamiliar tracts of land that have been radically reshaped by mechanized activity and environmental neglect. The stains and detritus of mining, logging, and other similarly invasive industrial processes have been an inextricable part of the American landscape for almost two centuries. Although at ground level we may barely notice this topography of open wounds, the view from above is altogether a different matter. This has been Maisel’s principal photographic subject for almost three decades. His quest has taken him up into the air and toward the boundaries of the unknown to unveil a world that most of us have not seen before.”

—Excerpted from An Exquisite Problem by Julian Cox

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Black Maps Lecture And Panel Discussion At The Harvard Graduate School Of Design

Black Maps Lecture and Panel Discussion at The Harvard Graduate School of Design

Thursday, December 1, 5-7pm, Gund Hall 123 The Urban Theory Lab at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University presents a lecture by David Maisel, Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime. Following the lecture there will be a panel discussion moderated by Neil Brenner and featuring Pierre Bélanger, Rosetta Sarah Elkin, and Sharon Harper.
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Museum As Muse In American Art: A Symposium

Museum as Muse in American Art: A Symposium

Friday, December 2, 2016, 12:30pm-5pm, Peabody Essex Museum, Morse Auditorium. From the 1793 opening of the Louvre, the world's first modern museum, to the present day, the art museum has served as a fecund source of inspiration and creativity for generations of artists - from 19th-century copyists to 21st-century conceptual artists. Join us to explore the nuanced and often fraught relationships between artists and museums within the history of American art at this half-day symposium featuring lectures by leading contemporary scholars and visual artists. Speakers include scholars David Dearinger, Andrew McClellan and artists David Maisel, Rosamond Purcell and Elaine Reichek.
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David Maisel In Conversation With Curator William A. Ewing At “Photo London”

David Maisel in conversation with curator William A. Ewing at “Photo London”

Saturday, May 21, 2:30-3:30pm. The American photographer and visual artist David Maisel, whose works explores remnants of civilizations both past and present, will speak with the curator of the Photo London Talks Programme, William A. Ewing. Maisel is rightly celebrated for a number of superb books on landscape, of which the New Yorker wrote enthusiastically of his “geometric geographies." Maisel’s most recent book is "Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime."
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