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Washington DC Parent & Alumni Event

Date: 6:30pm EST February 3, 2016

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Join us for a special event, featuring Associate Professor of Art History Dawn Odell, and meet President Barry Glassner and his wife Betsy Amster. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks with undergraduate, graduate, and law alumni, parents, and friends.

Wednesday, February 3, 6:30 p.m.

The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW 
Washington, D.C. 20036
Networking Social followed by remarks.

Dawn Odell on Art and the Environment

Associate Professor of Art History, Dawn OdellAssociate Professor of Art History, Dawn OdellThis semester, Dawn Odell is teaching a new course at Lewis & Clark that examines artistic responses to the natural world. Drawing on a wide range of case studies, from the earliest representations of landscape in China to Olafur Eliasson’s “Paris Ice Watch,” the class examines how art responds to and constructs human interactions with the environment. Professor Odell’s presentation will discuss some of the most powerful images and insights that have emerged in the course.

Ice Watch by Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing, Place du Panthéon, Paris, 2015Ice Watch by Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing, Place du Panthéon, Paris, 2015Dawn Odell specializes in Chinese and early modern European art and teaches a variety of courses engaging these regions, including classes on East Asian print culture, comparative approaches to European and East Asian art of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and contemporary Chinese art. Professor Odell’s research focuses on the exchange of material goods and artistic practices between Asia and Europe in the early modern period, with a particular emphasis on the Dutch engagement with China. She has published articles on the seventeenth-century Dutch travel book author Johan Nieuhof, Chinese export porcelain, Dutch and Chinese ethnographies, and early Sinology in Europe. Her most recent research explores the visual culture of seventeenth-century Batavia (present-day Jakarta) and its diverse population of Chinese, Indonesia and Dutch inhabitants.