Graphite drawing by Kyle Brown

Lowell Lecture

Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment.

Date & Time

Feb. 2, 2019 at 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Peabody Essex Museum
161 Essex St. Salem , MA 01970
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Kyle Brown, Environmental Artist. Madeleine Witt, Cartoonist & Poet. Karen Kramer, Curator of Native American and Oceanic Art,

Presenting Organization

Peabody Essex Museum


The Arts


Jennifer Evans (, 978-542-1528)

Join us to celebrate the opening of our new exhibition "Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment".

ADULT WORKSHOP Drawn to Nature 10 am–noon | PEM Connect Building Space limited Register by February 1 Join artist Kyle Browne as she shares techniques for developing skills to connect with nature through drawing. Browne begins the workshop with a guided meditation, followed by instruction on how to create more intentional art. Next create a still-life from provided natural materials, followed by a demonstration of various techniques.

FILM "Through the Repellent Fence" (2017, 74 minutes) 12:30–1:45 pm | Morse Auditorium This film follows Postcommodity, an Indigneous arts collective, as they construct Repellent Fence/Valla Repelente, a two-mile long land installation that straddled the U.S.-Mexico border. In 2015, Postcommodity worked with communities on both sides of the border to install a series of 26 huge inflatable spheres (one of which is on view in the Nature’s Nation) emblazoned with a "scare eye," a graphic intended to repel wildlife away from property. The artwork crossed the border a mile in each direction and loomed a hundred feet. From this aerial perspective, the “scare eye” is redeployed to “see” connections not boundaries between cultures and land, and served as a symbolic suture stitching back together land and cultures that have inhabited this area long before borders were drawn. Karen Kramer, Curator of Native American and Oceanic Art, introduces the film.

DROP-IN ART MAKING Reimagining the World 1:30–4 pm | Atrium Working with images that show human impact on our planet, recreate what you see by drawing and collaging on top of a photo to illustrate your vision of a more sustainable and eco-friendly world.

ADULT WORKSHOP The Art of Comics: Making Compelling Art about Climate Change 2–4 pm | PEM Connect Building Space limited Register by February 1 Cartoonist & poet Madeleine Witt, co-editor of Warmer: A Collection of Comics about Climate Change for the Fearful & Hopeful, leads you in an introduction to creating climate-related comics. Whether you’re an artist, an aspiring cartoonist or none of the above, this workshop offers a helpful introduction to making your own art about climate change. Over two hours, participants learn about the process of making and editing comics, spend time discovering what you find most compelling, terrifying or hopeful, and make a short poetic comic of your own. Please note that this workshop is not appropriate for children.