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Virtual Volcano Views and Brews: Mount St. Helens in the History of Art

August 31 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


The next Virtual Volcano Views and Brews, “Volcanic Sublime: Mount St. Helens in the History of Art,” will be held online at 6 p.m. Aug. 31. Links will be posted on the Mount St. Helens Institute Facebook page when the event starts.

The adjective “sublime” is used to describe anything great from delicious food to a brilliant performance by a musician or athlete. In the history of ideas, “the sublime” refers to something that overwhelms our ability to comprehend its grandiosity, producing a feeling of awe and pleasurable terror. As philosophers and artists explored human responses to sublime sights and events in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Vesuvius was active and its thrilling eruptions became a major subject for landscape artists. This talk will explore images of Mount St. Helens – before, during and after the great eruption of 1980 – in relation to the expression of the sublime in art through the ages.

If you can’t make the event, the Mount St. Helens Institute will upload the recording to our YouTube channel the following day. To learn more about the Mount St. Helens Institute, visit www.mshinstitute.org.


August 31
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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