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Laura Turner Igoe F'13

Laura Turner Igoe

Adjunct Lecturer
Art History
Temple University
last updated: 07/10/18

Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art 2013
Doctoral Candidate
Art History, Tyler School of Art
Temple University
The Opulent City and the Sylvan State: Art and Environmental Embodiment in Early National Philadelphia

This dissertation investigates the ways Philadelphia artists and architects visualized, comprehended, and reformed the city’s rapidly changing urban environment during the early national period. It argues that for Charles Willson Peale, William Rush, Benjamin Latrobe, and others, the human body served as a powerful metaphor in Philadelphia circa 1800, not only for understanding and representing natural processes in political or aesthetic terms, but also for framing critical public discourse about the city’s actual environmental conditions. The project reveals how this metaphorical framework produced a variety of effects in art and architecture of the period, sometimes facilitating and at other times obscuring proto-ecological understanding about the natural world as an arena of dynamic transformation.