"The New Topographics : Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape" was a 1975 exhibition that epitomized a key moment in American landscape photography (read more here).
"The 1975 exhibition New Topographics signaled a radical shift away from traditional depictions of landscape. Pictures of transcendent natural vistas gave way to unromanticized views of stark industrial landscapes, suburban sprawl, and everyday scenes not usually given a second glance. This restaging of the exhibition includes the work of all 10 photographers from the original show: Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Joe Deal, Frank Gohlke, Nicholas Nixon, John Schott, Stephen Shore, and Henry Wessel (read more via SFMOMA)."
Watch this video of Robert Adams talking about his work >> Art21, Robert Adams in "Ecology"
KENYATTA A. C. HINKLE
With/in the Post-Truth condition, there is "a circuitous slippage between facts or alt-facts, knowledge, opinion, belief, and truth."
"Post-truth [is a] cash cow for print and electronic media and fodder for year-around political campaigning and fund-raising; English Dictionary 2016 Word of the Year; interminable open—and closed—door House and Senate hearings on Russian interference in U.S. elections; the internet, Ken Ham's Creation Museum and Ark Encounter, Breitbart, and the presidential bully pulpit; the birther movement, deep state conspiracy theory, global warming and New Creationism debates, and free speech controversies on university campuses across the country."
Barbara A. Biesecker
Philosophy & Rhetoric, Vol. 51, No. 4, 2018. Special Issue: Post-Truth (JSTOR) (Project Muse)
O M E R F A S T
Ken Ham's "Creation Museum" in Kentucky
The "Creation Museum" has positioned itself as a natural history museum, but it presents a history that is rooted in a literal translation of the Biblical creation story. The exhibits claim the Earth was formed in six 24-hour periods, that the Earth is only 6,000 years old, and that Dinosaurs and mankind once co-existed, among many other anti-scientific and unsubstantiated claims. When confronted with scientific evidences that discredit the exhibitions, a common rebuttal in the museum is to pose the question, "Were you there?"
The Creation Museum website
Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham Evolution Debate at the Creation Museum - NPR
"We Don't Have to Be Afraid Of The Real Evidence" - The Guardian
Creation Museum Photo Essay - Topic
MUSEUM OF JURASSIC TECHNOLOGY
No cameras are allowed in the Museum of Jurassic Technology.
"Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology" by Lawrence Weschler
"... a true hodgepodge of natural history artifacts..." Smithsonian Magazine
David Wilson, creator of the Museum of Jurassic Technology (via Hammer)
<< For a massive list of texts + resources compiled by my Art Ed 339 students and I, click "Read More" >>
D E A R D A T A
>> Click here to read more about the project on the official Dear Data website.
W . E . B . D u B o i s
W.E.B. DuBois was a sociologist, researcher, and co-founder of the NAACP. He was also an artist and designer. He collected data from Black communities in the United States around the Turn of the Century. The data visualizations he created helped to illustrate the gaping racial wounds in our country in the wake of slavery (wounds that still haven't healed, over a hundred years later). He used data to hold society accountable, and he used data as a form of protest. He believed accurate data could lead us toward a more just, inclusive world. His work is incredibly important, on a variety of levels.
>> Here is an excellent mini biography about his life.
>> Here is a great lecture from designer and scholar Silas Munro. I highly recommend this*
F L O R E N C E N I G H T I N G A L E
Florence Nightingale was a nurse, but she was also a mathematician, researcher, and infographic artist.
>> This article has some more information about her.
>> This key should help decode the graphs below.
N I C H O L A S F E L T O N
Felton makes elaborate annual reports about his personal life at the end of each year. They are meticulous and beautiful. Check them out on his website, here. This webpage has some information as well.
N A T H A L I E M I E B A CH
The Nerdy Charm of Artisanal, Hand-Drawn Infographics, via Wired magazine.
Emma Kunz was a Swiss healer and artist. She published three books and produced many drawings. Kunz was born to a family of weavers in 1892 in Switzerland. She was not a trained artist; she is characterized as an outsider artist.
>> This article is great. "Why everyone is rediscovering the Spiritual Illustrations of Emma Kunz."
Here are some of my pedagogical musings, dabblings, wonderings and wanderings.