EVENTS

Ear to the Ground: Earth and Element in Contemporary Art
Oct
19
to Aug 31

Ear to the Ground: Earth and Element in Contemporary Art

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New Orleans Museum of Art
New Orleans, Louisiana

Working with natural elements like earth, wind, water and fire, the artists in Ear to the Ground show how nature can spur artistic innovation and spark new thinking about human culture and community. In their art, nature is not just as a resource to be protected or exploited, but rather a generative force with its own sentient power. Mining earth both as a material and a metaphor, the artists in this exhibition treat nature as a teacher: a model for negotiating the complexities of contemporary cultural life. Informed by a kind of elemental logic, their art envisions new ways we might relate to the natural world, as well as to one another.

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Of Individuals and Places: Photographs from the Lazare Collection
Nov
28
to Apr 28

Of Individuals and Places: Photographs from the Lazare Collection

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Montréal Museum of Fine Art
Montréal, Quebec

Bringing together close to 100 photographs by major Canadian and international artists, this exhibition underscores Montreal collector Jack Lazare’s 20-year passion for photography, which he has a desire to share with the public. It is also an opportunity to view a selection of photographs from a group of 33 artworks the collector and his wife Harriet generously gifted to the Museum in 2017. This generous donation from Mr. and Mrs. Lazare has enabled us to expand the Museum’s collection, which now comprises over 2,500 works, and brings us one step closer to opening a gallery devoted solely to photography.

A number of internationally famous photographers have thus made their way into the collection of a Canadian museum: the Italian Paul Ventura, French artist Jean-Baptiste Huynh, the Swiss duo Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler, formed in 1990 in Banff, and German photographer Beate Gütschow, among others.

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Revolutionaries and Ghosts: Memory, Witness and Justice in a Global Canadian Context
Jan
31
to May 3

Revolutionaries and Ghosts: Memory, Witness and Justice in a Global Canadian Context

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Nickle Galleries
University of Calgary and MacKenzie Art Gallery

Revolutionaries and Ghosts is constructed around Thien’s suggestion that the names alone of lost loved ones can create a palpable (yet intangible) presence. Just so, the works in this exhibition summon stories of political and personal responses to and memories of many impactful and sustained world events from the 20th and 21st centuries. The first iteration of the exhibition, curated by Timothy Long, was shown at Regina’s MacKenzie Art Gallery in the summer of 2018. Here, stories are added from the collection of Nickle Galleries, through works by Bill Rodgers, William MacDonnell, Dominique Blain, John Will, Garry Neill Kennedy and Faye Heavyshield.

Diversity in local and global contexts requires a willingness to share histories, acknowledge inequities, and work toward justice and reconciliation. The works in this collaborative exhibition grow out of this desire and address a broad range of topics, from the Cultural Revolution to the Holocaust, from 9/11 to the mistreatment of Canada’s Indigenous peoples. Together, the works point to the important role of Canadian artists in asking hard questions of ourselves, our histories, and the global power structures in which we are all enmeshed. The collaboration between MacKenzie and Nickle, points further to the role that galleries and institutions in amplifying those questions.

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On Location: Artists Explore a Sense of Place
Feb
3
to Jan 1

On Location: Artists Explore a Sense of Place

Glenbow Museum
Calgary, AB

Glenbow’s collection of modernist and contemporary art provides the source material for an expansive exploration of different kinds of places, both remote and lived in; pristine and altered. A classic Canadian vista by Lawren Harris is juxtaposed with Eleanor Bond’s abstracted cityscape, Edward Burtynsky’s photographic study of the Carrara marble quarry and a sculptural work by Faye Heavyshield which encompasses the land itself as material for its construction. On Location features a fascinating range of artists including Tanya Harnett, Jeff Thomas, Vikki Alexander, Maxwell Bates, Ron Moppett and more.

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Overture: Selections from the Borusan Contemporary Art Collection
Mar
9
to Aug 29

Overture: Selections from the Borusan Contemporary Art Collection

Borusan Contemporary

This exhibition is the third in an ongoing series that presents a selection of recent accessions on view in the special exhibition galleries at Borusan Contemporary. The choice of works also functions as a representative snapshot of the geographic, esthetic, and genre based initiatives of Borusan’s recent collecting activities.

Artists include Leo Villareal, Kathrin Stumreich, Elco Brand, Rick Silva, Edward Burtynsky and Jeffrey Blondes. The works range from augmented reality installations and newly commissioned multichannel video to mesmerizing software driven video, digitized landscapes, and glitch portraits of future bird species.

Edward Burtynsky’s Augmented Reality (AR) Installation invites viewers to explore the recycling of automotive machine parts from a scrap yard in Accra, Ghana in 3 dimensions. The piece extends Burtynsky’s 40-year exploration of human systems and their impact on the planet.

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Anthropocene: Ancient Forests
Apr
1
to Apr 26

Anthropocene: Ancient Forests

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Allen Lambert Galleria,
Brookfield Place
Toronto

Brookfield Place Toronto presents Anthropocene: Ancient Forests in celebration of Earth Month. The installation includes two large scale murals (one enhanced with film extensions by Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier), a film installation by Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, and the Big Lonely Doug augmented reality installation (as seen at the Anthropocene exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario and National Gallery of Canada.

See it in the Allen Lambert Galleria from April 1 to 26.

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Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment
May
25
to Sep 9

Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment

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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Bentonville, AR

Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment is a new exhibition that examines American artists’ impact on shaping environmental understanding and sustainability.

Featuring 100 artworks from 70 eminent US collections, Nature’s Nation traces 300 years of evolving ideas about the natural world and our place within it. From colonial beliefs about the divine in nature, to artists' advocacy for national parks, to the emergence of environmental activism, the paintings, photographs, and installations by Thomas Moran, Frank Lloyd Wright, Dorothea Lange, and many more explore our relationship with the environment.

Similar to the mission of Crystal Bridges, Nature’s Nation illuminates the connection between art and nature.

Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment has been organized by the Princeton University Art Museum. Leadership support has been provided by Shelly and Tony Malkin; Annette Merle-Smith; the Henry Luce Foundation; and the National Endowment for the Arts. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Nature's Nation is organized by the Princeton University Art Museum, and will travel to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA before its final stop at Crystal Bridges.

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Edward Burtynsky: Megaresources
May
31
to Jul 14

Edward Burtynsky: Megaresources

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Philadelphia Contemporary

Opening Reception: May 31, 6 – 9pm

Artist Talk: April 3, 5:30pm
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Our dependance on natural resources like coal, steel, and stone prompt a high demand for large quantities to be produced on a massive scale. Through the lens of Edward Burtynsky we are able to examine the magnitude of these human-driven operations that result in total reconfigurations of natural landscapes over time. In these photographs minerals and metals are unearthed, accumulated and distributed, both as solids and liquids. Through these images we become privy to the timescales and geographies of the raw materials that make up our everyday lives.

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Water: Edward Burtynsky
Jun
8
to Sep 22

Water: Edward Burtynsky

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The Cleveland Museum of Art

As part of Cuyahoga50, a citywide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the last Cuyahoga River fire and celebration of the progress made since toward clean water for all, the Cleveland Museum of Art will present two exhibitions that highlight the impact of human behavior on the environment. Featuring the work of renowned contemporary artist Edward Burtynsky (Canadian, born 1955), Water: Edward Burtynskydraws attention to current threats to clean, sustainable water and encourages visitors to reflect on individual actions that can impact the future of our planet.

Burtynsky’s global portrait explores humanity’s increasingly stressed relationship with water, the world’s most vital natural resource. Thirteen monumental color photographs survey locales from the Gulf of Mexico to the shore of the Ganges. Offering both aesthetic abstraction and concrete data, these hauntingly beautiful images encourage us to ponder whether current water-management strategies are among the great human achievements or the most dangerous failures.

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Life is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture
Jun
15
to Sep 15

Life is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture

Toledo Museum of Art
Toledo, OH

The first large-scale domestic exhibition to provide a historical overview of this topic with an emphasis upon the Midwest, Life is a Highway will bring together a diverse selection of artists to showcase the automobile’s reshaping of the 20th-century American landscape and cultural attitudes of self-expression. Featuring more than 100 works from the Toledo Museum of Art’s own collection and both private and public loans, this exhibition will chart the rise of automobility as a visual icon of American identity. With works spanning from early depictions through the Pop Artists’ portrayal of the automobile’s impact upon consumer culture to the present, the car’s image as a symbol of newness, freedom and independence, mobility, and renewal will be explored. Organized through four themes that call attention to the social, aesthetic, environmental, and industrial dimensions of its legacy, this exhibition will include a range of visual media. 

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True to the Eyes: The Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Photography Collection
Jan
23
to Apr 7

True to the Eyes: The Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Photography Collection

Ryerson Image Centre
Toronto, ON

This exhibition presents more than 200 photographs from the extraordinary and eclectic collection of the long-time Toronto couple. The Tanenbaums were among the first Canadian collectors to engage with the medium during its late 20th century rise to prominence; over time, they assembled one of the country’s great holdings of photography. True to the Eyes highlights a range of humanistic photographs in many genres, from anonymous vernacular imagery to masterworks by such notable photographers as Southworth & Hawes, William Notman, Ernest J. Bellocq, Brassaï, Lisette Model, Diane Arbus, Mary Ellen Mark, Jim Goldberg, Rafael Goldchain, and Edward Burtynsky. Through four decades of building their collection, the Tanenbaums have acquired images revealing aspects of family, wealth and poverty, civil rights, nature and the land, and Canadian life. The exhibition is accompanied by a richly-illustrated book published in partnership with Hirmer Verlag.

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Ambiguous Territory: Architecture, Landscape, and the Postnatural
Dec
7
to Feb 7

Ambiguous Territory: Architecture, Landscape, and the Postnatural

Pratt Manhattan Gallery
Manhattan, NY

Opening reception: Thursday, December 6 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

This exhibition assembles over forty contemporary architects, artists, and landscape architects whose work challenges the division between the built and the natural environment. In the Anthropocene epoch, humans have been fundamentally displaced from a place of privilege, philosophically as well as experientially. Western civilization’s traditional distinctions between nature and culture have eroded. Ambiguous Territory asks, can art and design avail new ways to approach contemporary challenges regarding the environment? What new worlds, and what new concepts of nature and culture can art and design reveal that other modes of inquiry and knowledge cannot?

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ANTHROPOCENE Artist's Talk with Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal, and Nicholas de Pencier
Nov
21
10:30 PM22:30

ANTHROPOCENE Artist's Talk with Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal, and Nicholas de Pencier

8:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Baillie Court
Art Gallery of Ontario 

Join world-renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier for a conversation about Anthropocene, their powerful series of new photographs, large scale murals augmented by film extensions, film installations and augmented reality (AR) installations, that take us to places we are deeply connected to – but normally never see. Informed by scientific research, powered by aesthetic vision, inspired by a desire to bear witness, they reveal the scale and gravity of our impact on the planet.

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Nature & Me | Relationship status: “It’s complicated”
Oct
30
12:30 PM12:30

Nature & Me | Relationship status: “It’s complicated”

TELUS Garden
510 W Georgia St.
Vancouver, B.C.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Presentation begins at 7:00 p.m.

For many of us, our everyday connection to nature isn’t what it used to be. What does that mean for our quality of life? What does it mean for nature? Join us for a thought-provoking discussion on our complicated relationship with nature and how it stands to impact our future.

Featuring Edward Burtynsky, Ailsa Barry, Dan Kraus + more!

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Maclean's LIVE – Paul Wells in Conversation with Edward Burtynsky
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Maclean's LIVE – Paul Wells in Conversation with Edward Burtynsky

National Arts Centre
Ottawa, ON

A series of public conversations with leading public figures in politics and the arts at the newly-renovated National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Paul Wells, Maclean's senior writer and an award-winning author and television will host figures who are making the news for exclusive, one-on-one conversations. The format is simple: an hour of no-holds-barred conversation, including questions from the audience

This month’s event will feature renowned photographer, Edward Burtynsky.

Watch for future guests including premiers, cabinet ministers and leading figures from the world of arts and letters.

Presented by: Canadian Bankers Association
In Partnership with: National Arts Centre, CPAC

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Edward Burtynsky: The Human Signature
Oct
17
to Nov 24

Edward Burtynsky: The Human Signature

Flowers Gallery
London, UK

Flowers Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Edward Burtynsky. The exhibition marks the culmination of a five-year multidisciplinary project with long-time collaborators Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier on the Anthropocene, a proposed name for our present geological age in which humans have a profound influence on the current state of the planet.

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Edward Burtynsky in conversation with Gaia Vince
Oct
17
2:00 PM14:00

Edward Burtynsky in conversation with Gaia Vince

The Regent Street Cinema
London, UK

6:30 p.m.

As The Anthropocene Project, his new multidisciplinary body of work in collaboration with Nicholas de Pencier and Jennifer Baichwal opens across venues in his home country, Burtynsky returns to London to discuss his art, films and research.

To discuss the dramatic impact that human activity now causes Earth’s ecosystems, Burtynsky is joined by Gaia Vince, award-winning journalist journalist, broadcaster and author specialising in science, the environment and social issues. Following the conversation is a screening of Manufactured Landscapes, Jennifer Baichwal’s feature length documentary on the world and work of Edward Burtynsky, which raises questions about the ethics and aesthetics about the artist’s work.

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Civilization: The Way We Live Now
Oct
17
to Feb 17

Civilization: The Way We Live Now

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
Seoul, South Korea

Civilization: The Collective Life is a major exhibition, featuring the work of 100 of the world’s finest photographers. It addresses and illuminates major aspects of our increasingly global 21st century civilization. It stresses the fact that contemporary civilization is an extremely complex collective enterprise. Never before in human history have so many people been so interconnected, and so dependent on one another. In science and art, at work and play, we increasingly live the collective life. The Olympic Games, the giant Airbus, CERN, MRI, the Trident Submarine, Wikipedia, the Academy Awards, the International Space Station, Viagra, the laptop computer and the smartphone... However we feel about any of them, none of these complex phenomena would have been possible without superlatively coordinated efforts involving highly educated, highly trained, highly motivated, highly connected people.


More information and future touring destinations here: https://www.fep-photo.org/exhibition/civilizationthe-way-we-live-now/

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Nature's Nation: American Art and Environment
Oct
13
to Jan 6

Nature's Nation: American Art and Environment

Princeton University Art Museum

Reframing more than 300 years of diverse artistic practice in North America, from the colonial period to the present, Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment examines for the first time how American artists have both reflected and shaped environmental understanding while contributing to the emergence of a modern ecological consciousness.

The exhibition traces evolving ideas about the environment – and our place within it – from colonial beliefs about natural theology and biblical dominion through the 19th-century notion of manifest destiny to the emergence of modern ecological ethics. This pioneering exhibition will gather over 100 works of art by a broad range of artists – including iconic masterpieces as well as rare and seldom exhibited works – and interpret them through an interdisciplinary lens that unites art and environmental history with scientific analysis, using ecocriticism as a tool to see the history of American art in a new light.

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Edward Burtynsky: Anthropocene
Oct
11
to Dec 8

Edward Burtynsky: Anthropocene

Weinstein Hammons Gallery
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Opening reception with the artist on October 11 from 6:00-8:00pm

The Holocene epoch started 11,700 years ago as the glaciers of the last ice age receded. Geologists and other scientists from the Anthropocene Working Group believe that we have left the Holocene and entered a new epoch termed the Anthropocene.

I have come to think of my preoccupation with the Anthropocene — the indelible marks left by humankind on the geological face of our planet — as a conceptual extension of my first and most fundamental interests as a photographer. I have always been concerned to show how we affect the Earth in a big way. To this end, I seek out and photograph large- scale systems that leave lasting marks. At the heart of my challenge has been the pursuit of vantage points that best enable me to picture the relationship of these systems to the land.” — Edward Burtynsky

Anthropocene is an ambitious new body of work by world-renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky. For this project, Burtynsky traveled to six continents over the course of 4 years. He photographed the Uralkali potash mines in Berezniki, Russia, which are in darkness 1000 feet underground, using LED lighting and long exposure times; he completed several 60 foot dives o the Indonesian Island of Komodo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to capture one of the last thriving coral reefs on the planet; and he aerially photographed the mountains of plastic in Kenya’s Dandora Landfill site and the phosphor mining ponds in Florida.

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Edward Burtynsky: Anthropocene
Oct
11
to Dec 29

Edward Burtynsky: Anthropocene

Robert Koch Gallery
San Francisco, CA

ARTIST RECEPTION
November 1 at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

This Fall the Robert Koch Gallery will exhibit Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky’s highly anticipated Anthropocene project, his seventh exhibition at the gallery since 1999. Five years in the making, Anthropocene presents powerful and poignant works by Burtynsky mapping the impact of human intervention on planet Earth. Anthropocene will be exhibited concurrent to the release of the artist’s sixth Steidl monograph of the same title, and his film collaboration with filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier; in conjunction with two museum exhibitions, one at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the other at the National Gallery of Canada.

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Edward Burtynsky: Anthropocene
Oct
4
to Nov 3

Edward Burtynsky: Anthropocene

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Nicholas Metivier Gallery
Toronto, Ontario

The Nicholas Metivier Gallery is pleased to announce the release of Edward Burtynsky's highly anticipated Anthropocene at their new location in October 2018. Four years in the making, The Anthropocene Project will tell the story of human impact on the Earth through film, photography, and new experiential technologies.

This September, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery of Canada will premiere two simultaneous and complementary museum exhibitions. The Anthropocene Project will also include a feature-length documentary film and a book published by Steidl.

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Anthropocene
Sep
28
to Feb 24

Anthropocene

National Gallery of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario

Anthropocene
 is a major new contemporary art exhibition featuring the work of photographer Edward Burtynsky, and filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier. This multidisciplinary show uses film, photography and new technologies to explore the impact of humans on Earth.

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Anthropocene
Sep
28
to Jan 6

Anthropocene

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Art Gallery of Ontario
Toronto, Ontario

Next fall, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and the Canadian Photography Institute (CPI) of the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) will co-present Anthropocene, a major new contemporary art exhibition that tells the story of human impact on the Earth through film, photography, and new experiential technologies. Co-produced with MAST Foundation, Bologna, Italy, the exhibition is a component of the multi-disciplinary Anthropocene Project from the collective of photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier. Organized by the artists in partnership with the three organizations, Anthropocene will run at the AGO and NGC simultaneously from September 2018 through early 2019.

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Man and Earth
Sep
23
to Mar 24

Man and Earth

Preus Museum
Horten, Norway 

Since the beginning of his thirty-years career, the Canadian artist Edward Burtynsky has always centered his objective in the effects of human intervention on nature and, in particular, on the insolent industrialization of landscapes.

His imagery explores the intricate link between industry and nature, combining the raw elements of mining, quarrying, manufacturing, shipping, oil production and recycling into eloquent, highly expressive visions that find beauty and humanity in the most unlikely of places. These images are meant as metaphors to the dilemma of our modern existence: our dependence on nature to provide the materials for our consumption on one side, and our concern for the health of our planet, on the other. His work shows us, in a surprising and poetic way, the relationship between the humans and the environment, two elements which will always be intertwined, since neither would exist without the other.

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The Walrus Talks Connections
Sep
18
7:00 PM19:00

The Walrus Talks Connections

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. 

National Gallery of Canada
Auditorium 
Ottawa, Ontario

The Walrus Talks Connections
With Members of the Order of Canada

The Walrus Talks is a national series of events produced by The Walrus. Each event offers thoughtful, inspiring thinking from scholars, writers, performers, scientists, artists, business leaders, and more.

Join us on September 18 as seven esteemed Order of Canada recipients share lively seven-minute talks on health, the arts, science, society, and the connections between us all.

Featuring:

  • Susan Aglukark, Inuk singer, songwriter, and keynote speaker

  • Dr. Sandra E. Black, professor of medicine, neurology, and director of the Hurvitz Brain Sciences Research Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute, University of Toronto

  • Edward Burtynsky, photographer

  • Zita Cobb, founder and CEO of Shorefast and innkeeper of the Fogo Island Inn

  • Charmaine Crooks, five-time Olympian

  • Don Tapscott, author and executive chairman of the Blockchain Research Institute

  • and more!

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The World to Come
Sep
18
to Mar 3

The World to Come

Harn Museum of Art
University of Florida

The World to Come chronicles an era of rapid, radical and irrevocable ecological change through works of art by more than 45 contemporary international artists. We live in a world of imminent extinctions, runaway climate change an the depletion of biodiversity and resources. Our age has been identified as the Anthropocene, a controversial term used to name a new geological epoch defined by human impact. While geological epochs are known as products of slow change, the Anthropocene has been characterized by speed.  Rising water, surging population and new technologies that compress our breathless sense of space and time. Philosopher Santiago Zabala, echoing Heidegger, warns, “The greatest emergency is the absence of emergency.”

Despite the challenges of disaster and denial, artists in the exhibition respond with resistance, imagination and new ways of seeing and thinking about the world to come. The artists contest mastery of human power over nature while re-visioning the bond of humans to non-human life. In this way, they sustain an openness, wonder and curiosity, keeping optimism in check and nihilism at bay. Organized around overlapping trajectories, the exhibition is structured as a collage of networked ecologies and stories within stories.  They include raw material, disaster, consumption, loss, justice and the emergence of new and nonhierarchical alliances in human-non-human relations.

Florida is one of the most environmentally vulnerable location worldwide making The World to Come especially relevant. The exhibition will include a catalogue and dynamic interdisciplinary programs. In January 2017, the Harn Museum of Art received a $100,000 grant from the prestigious Andy Warhol Foundation, providing welcome support for the exhibition.

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HOT SPOTS: RADIOACTIVITY AND THE LANDSCAPE
Sep
7
to Dec 8

HOT SPOTS: RADIOACTIVITY AND THE LANDSCAPE

UB ART GALLERY, CFA
Buffalo, New York 

Hot Spots is a multi-media exhibition investigating the production of radioactive waste and its long-term effects on the environment and its inhabitants. The exhibition includes painting, drawing, sculpture, video, photography, and installations that explore the wide-ranging challenges posed by this fluid subject. Themes include rendering the invisible visible, environmental destruction, environmental racism and Native American sovereignty, speculative futures, and the complex linguistic puzzle created by the need to develop means to communicate about a material that will be dangerous to life for hundreds of thousands of years. The exhibition examines the history, present, and future of radioactive materials, with an emphasis on health and environmental risks associated with the lack of short or long term planning for its storage or disposal.

Radioactive materials are the byproduct of many industries including mining, military, medicine, energy, and transportation. They can enter the environment at any stage, beginning with extraction and continuing through refining, use, and ultimately disposal. The immediate risks fall into three broad categories: national ambivalence regarding the industries involved in production, the global absence of a strategy to dispose of or store the radioactive vestiges of those productions, and the escalation of the threat of nuclear war. This material has destructive forces that permanently alter landscapes (and/ or ecologies), poisoning inhabitants for generations. Unlike the monumentality of mushroom clouds or the dramatic landscape-alteration of open pit mining, radioactivity is banal. Often stored in large tanks, it can stand along the side of a road, in an open field, or travel on the back of a truck across interstates without generating notice or concern. Hot Spots is positioned to demonstrate the insidious nature of radioactive material and, with an activist spirit, not only expose problems, but also speculate about possible solutions. While referencing the state of global radioactive material production, Hot Spots is primarily national in scope, with an emphasis on the context specificity of the Buffalo-Niagara area.

Artists include Naomi Bebo, Jeremy Bolen, Michael Brill and Safdar Abidi, Edward Burtynsky, Erich Berger and Mari Keto, Ludovico Centis, Elizabeth Demaray, Don’t Follow the Wind (collective composed of Chim↑Pom (initiators), Kenji Kubota, Eva and Franco Mattes, and Jason Waite), Nina Elder, Isao Hashimoto, Adele Henderson, Abbey Hepner, Eve Andrée Laramée, Cynthia Mandansky and Angelika Brudniak, Amie Siegel, Robert del Tredici, and Will Wilson.

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Endangered Species: Artists on the Front Line of Biodiversity
Sep
7
to Jan 6

Endangered Species: Artists on the Front Line of Biodiversity

Whatcom Museum
Bellingham, WA

Endangered Species: Artists on the Front Line of Biodiversity presents 80 works of art in all media, from rare books to cutting-edge video, that span the 19th through 21st centuries. It highlights artists who celebrate biodiversity’s exquisite complexity, interpret natural and human-induced extinctions of plants and animals, and focus on endangered species from diverse ecosystems. The exhibition explores art’s historic role in raising public awareness about the human activities that threaten habitats.

Endangered Species highlights an international group of 52 artists who celebrate biodiversity’s beauty, interpret natural and human-induced extinctions of plants and animals, and focus on species from diverse ecosystems under stress. It also includes the work of artists who spotlight the human activities that threaten biodiversity alongside projects that revitalize habitats and reconnect people to the rich tapestry of life. 

The exhibition spotlights five thematic concepts: Celebrating Biodiversity’s Beauty and Complexity: From Landscapes to Microscopic Imagery, Mammoths and Dinosaurs: Interpreting Natural Extinction, Portraits of Loss: Extinction by Human Actions, Endangered Species: Plants and Animals on the Edge of SurvivalAt the Crossroads: Destruction or Preservation of Biodiversity.

Endangered Species has been organized with the intent of impacting public discourse about biodiversity while advancing the artist’s pivotal role in building awareness. By tracing links between contemporary and earlier artists, the exhibition examines art’s contribution to an enduring cultural legacy of nature conservation. 

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New Territory: Landscape Photography Today
Jun
24
to Sep 16

New Territory: Landscape Photography Today

Denver Art Museum
Denver, CO

New Territory: Landscape Photography Today is a survey of contemporary landscape photography from around the world. The exhibition of more than 100 photographs will explore how artists stretch the boundaries of traditional landscape photography to reflect the environmental attitudes, perceptions, and values of our time.

The works revive historic photographic processes as well as use innovative techniques and unconventional equipment and chemistry to depict landscapes in surprising ways. Taken individually and as a whole, the photographs will show how about 40 artists have manipulated materials and processes for expressive purposes, blurring the distinction between "observed" and "constructed" imagery. The exhibition challenges us to see photography differently, and contemplate our complex relationship with the landscape.

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Hello, Robot
May
27
to Nov 4

Hello, Robot

Gewerbemuseum
Winterthur, Switzerland

To some extent unheard and unseen, robotics—driven by Digital Modernity—has already fundamentally altered our working and daily lives. Yet people’s relationship to new technologies is often ambivalent. As the first comprehensive exhibition about the opportunities and challenges surrounding robotics, Hello, Robot broadens its scope to include the ethical and political questions arising from these enormous technological advances.

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Edward Burtynsky in Conversation with Owen Hatherley
May
14
6:30 PM18:30

Edward Burtynsky in Conversation with Owen Hatherley

Arup
No.8 Fitzroy Street
London

 

Edward Burtynsky in conversation with Owen Hatherley.

To accompany the exhibition 'Water Matters' at Arup, Edward Burtynsky will join us for an evening in conversation with Owen Hatherley. Burtynsky will introduce some of his latest projects within the context of global environmental conditions.

Edward Burtynsky is a multi-award winning artist and Photo London's 2018 Master of Photography.

Owen Hatherley writes for a wide range of publications on culture, architecture and politics, including frieze, the Guardian and Building Design.

The event is free and open to the public.

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CANADIANA - Selections from the Art Bank Collection
May
11
to Jul 1

CANADIANA - Selections from the Art Bank Collection

SPAO Centre Gallery
Ottawa, Ontario

On May 11, 2018, the SPAO Centre will launch the SPAO Centre Gallery with the exhibition CANADIANA - Selections from the Art Bank Collection. Featuring Edward Burtynsky, David Craig, Denis Farley, Chris Gergley, Lorraine Gilbert, Angela Grauerholz, Mary Longman, Shelley Niro, and Greg Staats, it is the SPAO Gallery’s inaugural Canadiana Exhibition, an annual showcase of artists from across the country presented in partnership with the Canadian Tulip Festival.

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