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VIRTUAL DSS | Strangers in a Strange Land: Picturing Florida’s History through Art by Mallory O’Connor

7-October from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

VIRTUAL Distinguished Speaker Series | Strangers in a Strange Land: Picturing Florida’s History through Art by Mallory O’Connor

Thursday, October 7, 2021, from 4 pm to 5 pm

“Look” for Florida in this lecture of the many eccentric images that tell the story of our state. Strangers in a Strange Land explores Florida’s art history and rich visual mythology. These images span centuries of time and attest to both the vivid imagination of the artists and the equally flamboyant narratives centered on our state.


About the Presenter:

Mallory O’Connor is a writer, an art historian, and a musician. She holds degrees in art, art history, and American history from Ohio University. For twenty years she taught art history at the University of Florida and at Santa Fe College. During this time, she also wrote hundreds of magazine articles and critical essays, and curated numerous exhibitions for museums and galleries. She is the author of two non-fiction books, Lost Cities of the Ancient Southeast and Florida’s American Heritage River, both published by the University Press of Florida.

As director of the Thomas Center Gallery, the primary cultural center of the City of Gainesville from 1984-1994 and the Santa Fe College Art Gallery from 1994-1999, Professor O’Connor organized numerous exhibitions including highly successful shows on Florida art and history.


Image Credit:

Bartram, William, 1739-1823. Photograph of a drawing by William Bartram of two alligators in the St. Johns River. 1773 (circa). State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory.


The Distinguished Speaker Series is sponsored by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the Florida Humanities, The Helmerich Trust, Aloys & Carol Metty, and The John & Marilyn Rintamaki Family Charitable Fund

Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication, program, exhibition, website, do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.



October 7
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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