Urban Theory Lab Lecture: David Maisel, “Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime”

Reception with artist, followed by lecture and panel discussion
Moderator: Neil Brenner.
Panelists: Pierre Bélanger, Rosetta Sarah Elkin, Sharon Harper.

In his ongoing, multi-chaptered series Black Maps, David Maisel’s aerial photographs of environmentally impacted sites explore the aesthetics and politics of radically human-altered environments, open pit mines, clear-cut forests, and zones of water reclamation, framing the issues of contemporary landscape with equal measures of documentation and metaphor. Maisel’s work has been exhibited internationally, and is collected in several major books, including Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime. His latest book is the forthcoming Proving Ground.

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