Form and Order in Early Eco-systemic Art

Wed, Mar 18, 12:00 pm
126 EPS (Engineering and Physical Sciences) MSU
Speaker Name: 
Melissa Ragain
Montana State University - Bozeman
School of Art

Dr. Melissa Ragain is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Montana State University. Her research interests include modern and contemporary art, criticism, and the history of science, especially psychology and ecology in the postwar United States. Her edited collection of new media theorist Jack Burnham, Dissolve Into Comprehension: Writing and Interviews, 1964-2004, is forthcoming from the MIT Press in 2015.  Her  current book project Viewers, and Other Animals: Formalism and Environmental Aesthetics after WWII, describes the curious development of contemporary environmental aesthetics out of formalist theories of perception. She has written for Art Journal, X-tra Contemporary Art Quarterly, ARTLIES, Criticism, and Inform: Architecture & Design magazine. Melissa and her students are the founders of the micro-grant dinner series, Bozeman Soup, which has an event April 3rd at the Baxter. 

Sandra Cavalieri


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