Congratulations to Art History PhD Robin Lynch, who was recently awarded the 2019-2020 Terra Foundation Pre-Doctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, for her dissertation project "Packaging Environments: The Art and Design of the Container Corporation of America".
In examining the cultural programs of the CCA, Robin's project asks what the stakes are in turning to the “environmental” and “ecological” in artistic and corporate methods, and concurrently why this became such a prevalent method within the CCA's programs. She further situates this interest in environment and ecology within a burgeoning military-industrial-cultural complex at the end of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War in the United States. In this context, Robin considers how the term “environment” becomes a concept used to signify the ability to administrate, represent, and mobilize territory, using art and design as a key medium to construct and communicate space.
The full abstract can be found here: https://americanart.si.edu/research/fellowships/fellows/2019-2020?fbclid...