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Lecture: James Merle Thomas

February 24, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

No Cost


Join us for a public lecture by James Merle Thomas, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University, and curator, Slought Foundation, on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.

This lecture will take place in the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Dr.

James Merle Thomas is presenting his lecture on the “Outer Space and the Aesthetics of the Habitable” on February, 24. Thomas is an interdisciplinary scholar and curator whose work examines the art, visual culture, and technology of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and particularly, the aesthetics and politics of the Cold War. Drawing on a series of experiments in art and technology from the late 1960s, Thomas’s lecture will chart what he terms an “aesthetics of the habitable”—an interdisciplinary concept that draws from abstract sculpture, graphic and environmental design, architecture, and engineering— in order to describe the historic and contemporary dimensions of dwelling in space.

Thomas is an Assistant Professor of Art History at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, and Curator at the Philadelphia-based Slought, an interdisciplinary exhibition and research center affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a doctorate in Art History from Stanford University.

All are welcome.



February 24, 2020
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
No Cost


Mark Stanley


McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture
1327 Circle Park
Knoxville, TN 37916
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