This month's California State Library "Food For Thought" event will feature Fulbright Scholar, art historian, and author Erika Esau. She will be presenting her newly published book Images of the Pacific Rim: Australia and California 1850-1935 (Power Publications, University of Sydney). Australia and California have shared aesthetic ideas through imported popular imagery for nearly two hundred years. Images of the Pacific Rim tells the fascinating story of aesthetic exchange between two "cultures on the periphery." Through photography, graphic art, architecture, and the ubiquitous eucalyptus, this book reveals the source elements of what became a 'Pacific Rim' aesthetic.
Erika Esau is a native Californian who spent more than a decade teaching art history at the Australian National University, Canberra. Her writings on Australian art and culture include the Blue Guide Australia (with George Boeck) and E.O. HoppÃ©'s Australia (with Graham Howe). She was a Fellow at the Huntington Library, and currently works as librarian at the Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Images of the Pacific Rim will be available for purchase and signature for $50.00 including tax.
"Food for Thought" will take place this Wednesday, September 21, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. in the California History Room at the California State Library, 900 N Street, Sacramento. Light refreshments will be served, and the program will begin at 6 p.m.. Please RSVP to Rebecca Ann Fontaine at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 916-215-9280.