Images of the Pacific Rim: Australia and California, 1850-1935
Book event with author Erika Esau
Free Event at the California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco
Join us as Erika Esau discusses her recent book, Images of the Pacific Rim: Australia and California, 1850-1935. Australia and California have shared aesthetic ideas through imported popular imagery for nearly two hundred years. From gold rush photography to Spanish-style houses, Images of the Pacific Rim tells the fascinating story of aesthetic exchange between two ‘cultures on the periphery’. The absorption of images into the everyday life of these ‘new’ Western societies, made possible by the development of mechanical processes of production, constructed distinctive cultural iconographies and helped to create a sense of place based upon a shared ocean and climate. Through photography, graphic art, architecture, and the ubiquitous eucalyptus, Erika Esau’s book reveals the source elements of what became a ‘Pacific Rim’ aesthetic. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 415.357.1848, ext. 229.