Rebecca Solnit: Getting Lost and What You Find There
San Francisco writer Rebecca Solnit will present this year's Alfred Edelman lecture –one of the PNCA's four Cornerstone Lectures which annually welcomes speakers from outside of the visual arts to leaven conversation and inspire new thinking. The lecture, entitled On Getting Lost and What you Find There: Uses of the Unknown for Artists and Explorers, is inspired from the content of her recent book: A Paradise Built in Hell, which addresses the way individuals align for good in the face of disasters, as well as Field Guide to Getting Lost, on wandering, being lost, and the generative qualities of the unknown.
Rebecca Solnit, recipient of a Guggenheim, National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and the Lannan Literary Award, is the author of thirteen books which run the gamut of art, landscape, public and collective life, ecology, politics, hope, meandering, reverie, and memory. As an activist and a journalist, she has tackled subjects ranging from climate change to Native American land rights to antinuclear politics to human rights to antiwar protests. She work as an occasional editor for Harper's, but has made her living solely as a working and independent writer since 1988.