Peter von Tiesenhausen, Parabel (detail), 2017. Aluminum and salvaged components. Image courtesy of the Artist.
This panel on Art and Environmentalism is a joint initiative of the Art Gallery of Alberta and the University of Alberta’s Change for Climate: Art for Change project. Joan Greer will introduce and moderate the discussion which will feature presentations by artists and scholars Brittney Bear Hat, Debra Davidson, Natalie S. Loveless, Peter von Tiesenhausen and Sheena Wilson, followed by discussion. The panel is held in conjunction with Peter von Tiesenhausen’s AGA exhibition, Songs for Pythagoras, in which the landscape of Alberta features as a primary source of inspiration, with sustainability being a longstanding and integral concern in his work. Von Tiesenhausen along with the other panellists will explore the power of art to influence social change in society, with a focus on its power to influence climate action.