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Looking at Ways Art and Architecture Interact with the Atmosphere

Chad Elias looks at the ways in which the arts interact with “unpredictable meteorological conditions,” turning away from attempts to manage or control natural forces.

Fermín Jiménez Landa, <em>In the center of the weather there is another weather</em> installation view, sauna (2016). Elias will discuss this work in his lecture (image courtesy the artist)
Fermín Jiménez Landa, In the center of the weather there is another weather installation view, sauna (2016). Elias will discuss this work in his lecture (image courtesy the artist and Chad Elias)

Next Tuesday, April 16, Chad Elias, Assistant Professor of Art History at Dartmouth College, and Tate Modern Research Fellow, will give a free public lecture at the Cooper Union for their Intra-Disciplinary Seminar (IDS) series. Elias will analyze case studies that consider two meanings of atmosphere:

Derived from the Greek atmos, meaning “vapor,” “atmosphere” refers most commonly to the layers of gases surrounding the planet. More figuratively, atmosphere also serves to designate a “characteristic mental or moral environment.” Both definitions hinge on the degree to which something or someone can exert influence on their surroundings.

Elias aims to look at the ways in which art and architecture interact with the atmosphere and “unpredictable meteorological conditions,” turning away from attempts to manage or control natural forces. He compares meteorological atmospheres to cultural moods and cultural atmospheres, arguing that those also resist containment.

The IDS Lecture Series is organized by Leslie Hewitt and Omar Berrada as a part of the Robert Lehman Visiting Artist Program at The Cooper Union. More information on the lecture can be found here.

When: Tuesday, April 16, 7:00–8:30 pm
Where: The Cooper Union, Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets), East Village, Manhattan

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