Strangers in a Strange Land: Picturing Florida’s History Through Art

Presented By Mallory O’Connor

Florida has an especially rich visual mythology, images that span centuries of time and attest to both the vivid imagination of the artists who have sought to capture the essence of an exotic and colorful landscape and the equally flamboyant narratives that have fueled the region’s reputation for novelty and eccentricity.  In this lecture, we will be “looking for Florida” among the many different images that tell the story of a fabled and fabulous land. But “who” is Florida? And how do we discover her “real” face?

Mallory O’Connor is a Professor Emerita of Art History at Santa Fe College. She has been involved in numerous exhibits on Florida, including: Florida Before Columbus, Opening the Door to a New World: Mark Catesby in La Florida, and The Great Alachua Savanna: A Visual History of Paynes Prairie. Currently, she is working on a book and an art exhibition focusing on the Fountain of Youth in Florida history, mythology and art.

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