CHF 2011: tech·knowledgē

Rebecca Solnit: The Technological Wild West

2011 Terra Foundation Lecture on American Art

Emerging technology of the 19th century—photography, railroads, the telegraph, and the telephone—transformed and accelerated the world. Eadweard Muybridge was among those who dramatically influenced the concurrent changes in people’s perceptions and experiences. His photographs of horses in motion, the first to prove that all four feet are in the air during part of the stride, sparked a new medium and industry. Those seminal images, along with his many other timeless photos of the American West, lay the groundwork for motion pictures. Rebecca Solnit, author of River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West, offers insight into the complex and colorful Muybridge, now considered the godfather of cinema.

Teachers' Guide

The Chicago Humanities Festival has prepared a teachers' guide for this program. Download the Eadward Muybridge Study Guide now!

This annual lecture recognizes a generous multiyear grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art. The Terra Foundation is dedicated to fostering the exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts in the United States for national and international audiences.

Speakers and Performers

Rebecca Solnit

San Francisco writer Rebecca Solnit is the author of thirteen books about art, landscape, public and collective life, ecology, politics, hope, meandering, reverie, and memory. For her 2003 book River of Shadows, Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West, Solnit received a Guggenheim award, the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and the Lannan Literary Award.

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Leaders And Thinkers

Official Website
Rebecca Solnit's official website.

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