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.
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 Survival, At 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.
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.
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.
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.
Art Gallery of 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.
National Gallery of Canada
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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Nicholas Metivier Gallery
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.
Robert Koch Gallery
San Francisco, CA
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.
Signed copies of Edward Burtynsky's Anthropocene monograph will be available this Fall.
Weinstein Hammons Gallery
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.
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.
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/
The Regent Street Cinema
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.
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.
National Arts Centre
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
510 W Georgia St.
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!
8:00 - 9:30 p.m.
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.
More info and tickets HERE.
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
National Gallery of Canada
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.
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
Denver Art Museum
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.
Master of Photography: Edward Burtynsky
5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Photo London Master of Photography 2018 Edward Burtynsky and curator and writer William A. Ewing will discuss a selection of Burtynsky's work.
Purchase your ticket here.
No.8 Fitzroy Street
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.
SPAO Centre Gallery
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.
Meet Edward Burtynsky for an artist talk on 11 May at 6 pm. Before the artist will be honoured at "Photo London" as "Photographer of the Year", he will come to the Ludwig Museum and talk about his artistic subjects and the preservation of natural resources.
Canadian Photography Institute Galleries
National Gallery of Canada
When the National Gallery of Canada began collecting photography in 1967, few museums viewed the medium as fine art. Thanks to the passion and dedication of early supporters, a comprehensive collection has taken shape over the past fifty years. This exhibition celebrates the collection’s diversity, juxtaposing works made more than a century apart and creating new synergies, while also reflecting upon the human impulse to capture the seen and unseen worlds.
Exhibition Hall Zwijgershoek
'WORKFLOW' was conceived as a succession, a panorama of more than 80 mainly contemporary artworks from 49 artists from home and abroad:
Philip Aguirre, Richard Artschwager, Virginie Bailly, John Baldessari, Evy Bosman, Edward Burtynsky, Paul Casaer, Sarah Corynen, Anton Cotteleer, Joachim Coucke, DD Trans, Rik De Boe, Goele De Bruyn, Babs Decruyenaere, Luc Deleu, Wim Delvoye, Peter De Meyer, Stefaan Dheedene, Filip Dujardin, Tim Enthoven, Nick Ervinck, Christophe Floré, Faure de Broussé, Jerry Galle, Alexis Gautier, Paul Gees, Geert Goiris, Ane Hjort Guttu, Quinten Ingelaere, Athar Jaber, Conny Kuilboer, Atelier Lachaert -Dhanis, Thomas Lerooy, Almudena Lobera, Charlotte Lybeer, Thomas Min, Sofie Muller, Michael Petry, Kelly Schacht, Sorry Sorry (performance 20.04.2018), Roeland Tweelinckx, Maarten Vanden Eynde, Eric van Hove, Kristof Van Heeschvelde, Egon Van Herreweghe, Herman Van Ingelgem, Ilse Van Roy, Jan Vercruysse, Benjamin Verdonck, Stephen Verstraete, Wim Wauman,Dirk Zoete.
Various works were taken from museum or private collections, others were specially produced in response to this exhibition.
On display are examples from his recent series ‘Aqua Shock’, for which Burtynsky crisscrossed five continents to explore extreme ecological situations and to record not only the reserves, but the use, distribution and waste of water. He reveals the dangers that lie in the ongoing exploitation of water resources. In his own words: ‘I wanted to trace the evidence of global thirst and threatened sources. Water is part of a pattern I’ve watched unfold throughout my career. I document landscapes that, whether you think of them as beautiful or monstrous, or as some strange combination of the two, are clearly not vistas of an inexhaustible, sustainable world.’– Edward Burtynsky (Walrus, October 2013).
8 Fitzroy Street,
The exhibition explores the multi-faceted nature of our relationship with water through photographs made by Burtynsky between 2010 and 2013 in different locations around the world, including Gujarat, India; Yunnan Province, China; Aragon, Spain; and Florida, USA.
Shot from aircraft, helicopters or drones several thousand feet above the earth, the large-format photographs are both detailed and panoramic, beautiful and disturbing. Though not immediately apparent, all the photographs in this exhibition connect to water and our use of this finite resource.
This project has been made possible thanks to the collaboration of Flowers Gallery, London.
UNB Art Centre
University of New Brunswick
The UNB Art Centre invites you to immerse yourself in the large format photographs of celebrated Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky in the exhibition A Terrible Beauty: The Seductive Lens of Edward Burtynsky on view from March 2- April 6, 2018. The exhibit features 25 of the photographer's digital chromogenic prints as well as a portfolio of smaller prints entitled Pentimento. These works produced between 1985 and 2016, include pieces from each of the artist's major series. The University of New Brunswick gratefully acknowledges this gift to the UNB Permanent Collection by the artist.
Mead Art Museum
HOUSE features fifty-eight artworks that present complex interpretations of the house in various shapes, sizes, materials, and imaginative manifestations. A total of thirty-two major international artists are represented, including Louise Bourgeios, Olafur Eliasson, David Goldblatt, Martha Rosler, Cindy Sherman, Ed Ruscha, and Ai Weiwei. Their artworks explore the house as an aesthetic form—from prefabricated low-cost structures to luxury high design—that also serves a functional purpose in providing refuge to sleep, eat, and dream. They question the house’s relationship to industrialization, politics, and capital, and they stage the house as a potent symbol of social standing, angst, hope, trauma, spirituality, childhood, and memory. The collection’s unique focus is the inspiration of John, class of 1958, and Sue Wieland, who began to collect contemporary art as newlyweds over five decades ago.
Organized by David E. Little, Director and Chief Curator, this exhibition is funded through the generosity of the Wise Fund and the Hall and Kate Peterson Fund, with special thanks to Rebecca Dimling Cochran, Curator of the Wieland Collection.
The Pavillion Gallery
Large-scale works by each artist bring into focus two versions of the landscape vista. Ivan Eyre’s painting and graphic work is typified by the artist’s subjective re-imagining of the world, while Edward Burtynsky’s colourful photographs record landscapes of the here-and-now with a stark realism.
Paul Kuhn Gallery
Opening February 3, 2018, Paul Kuhn Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of Five Photographers. As part of Exposure 2018, the gallery is presenting newly released works by several of our gallery photographers, Edward Burtynsky, Anthony Redpath, Hutch Hutchinson and Jennifer Wanner. We will also be showing for the first time, black and white photographs by Dutch artist Dick Bakker.
Musée de l’Elysée
The exhibition presents a selection of masterpieces from the history of photography, part of the collection of Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla. Based in New York, it includes over 1500 original prints by some of the greatest photographers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Through visual confrontations, the visitor is invited to experience the power of the photographic line through these sublime works.
St. John's, NL, Canada
Organized by the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada, this exhibition celebrates the diversity of photographic production in Canada between 1960 and 2000. This period experienced an enormous growth in the practice, collection and display of photography. Whether in the form of fine art prints, documents or conceptual art components, the medium was especially adept at articulating the role of art and the artist in modern society, as well as differing ideas of identity, sexuality and community. With over 70 photographs by 51 different artists represented, this exhibition is formulated around themes such as conceptual, documentary, urban landscape, portrait and landscape photography, it investigates how certain ideas of photography both endure and change across decades.
Exhibitions Gallery Level 1
Art Gallery of Hamilton
Acclaimed Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky brings environmental issues to our attention through awe-inspiring and often abstract images that document industrial sites. The photographs are a reflection of our times, and show the complex effects that global manufacturing, and the demands of first world consumers have on the planet. From aerial views of oil fields in Nigeria, to salt pans in India, to Italian Carrara marble quarries and nickel tailings in Sudbury, his stunning large-format photographs made over the past three decades bear sublime witness to the reality of current environmental issues. This exhibition celebrates a recent gift of 76 photographs donated by the artist to the AGH; the largest donation he has made to a museum.
Edward Burtynsky’s distinctions include the TED Prize and the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts. In 2006 he was awarded Officer of the Order of Canada and currently holds seven honorary doctorate degrees. Burtynsky lives and works in Toronto and is represented by Nicholas Metivier Gallery in Toronto.
Audain Art Museum
Whistler, British Columbia
Through photographs, watercolours, drawings, paintings and prints, the exhibition highlights our Nation’s most celebrated artists, including Lawren Harris and members of the Group of Seven, Emily Carr, Toni Onley, Edward Burtynsky, Kenojuak Ashevak, John Hartman, Takao Tanabe and Ann Kipling. With over 100 works of art spanning 150 years of artistic production (1867 – 2017), this Canada 150 project by the Audain Art Museum explores how our artists have interacted with the monumentality and vastness of mountain vistas over time. Questioning and reflecting on humanity’s engagement with these icons of the Canadian psyche provides a unique opportunity in which to consider the idea of nationhood and how physical landmarks define us as a people.
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Perfect Brightness features photographs from the Permanent Collection and is based in so-called "straight" photography or practices that attempt to depict a scene or subject in sharp focus and detail, commensurate with the qualities that distinguish photography as a discipline from other visual media, particularly painting. As the subtitle suggests, the works included in this exhibition elicit ideas of travel, sending us on a journey around the world.
University of Michigan Taubman College Gallery
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ambiguous Territory: Architecture, Landscape, and the Postnatural is a symposium and concurrent exhibition that situates contemporary discourses and practices of architecture and landscape within the context of the Postnatural; the era of climate change, the Anthropocene, and altered ecologies. The project asks: In a time when humans have been fundamentally displaced from their presumed place of privilege, philosophically as well as experientially, should the disciplines of architecture and landscape architecture consider displacing themselves as well, in order to establish new affiliations and avail new ways to approach contemporary questions of design in relation to the environment?
Middlebury College Museum of Art
Photographs drawn primarily from the Museum’s rich holdings make up this comprehensive survey of photography and the environment. The exhibit, which is organized in categories spanning cosmological time to the present day, presents seventy images through the lens of environmental appreciation, concern, or activism. Professor Kirsten Hoving, with her students and research assistants, has also produced an innovative and comprehensive digital catalogue, accessible to all visitors, as a companion to the exhibit.
This group exhibition showcases eerily beautiful images by Edward Burtynsky, Mishka Henner and Yvon Lambert, which tell a spooky tale about the exploitation of nature by humankind. "If we destroy nature, we destroy ourselves," Burtynsky agrees.
Brooklyn, New York
In an age when so-called leaders unfathomably deny the unconscionable destruction of the earth and its bounty, Edward Burtynsky’s photographs of human devastated landscapes captured from the air is profoundly important work. Burtynsky says it well: “[We] come from nature.…There is an importance to [having] a certain reverence for what nature is because we are connected to it… If we destroy nature, we destroy ourselves.” Valerie Hegarty, informed by the current turbulent state of our country while also excavating from America’s past, presents recent ceramic work exploring the erosion of our values right along with our natural resources. The lush floral paintings of Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez take a bit of detective work to really catch the nuanced concept. By magnifying images of Colonial still lifes, she lures us into the lush and lovely decorative elements. But look again, and you will notice in the background that a flood drifts by, exposing neglect and indulgence.
KUNSTHAUS : KOLLITSCH
Following the substantial success of Ina Weber’s ‘Trümmerbahnen’ mini-golf course with both the public and media last summer, the ‘Fairway 13’ commissioned by Günther and Sigrun Kollitsch and making reference to Carinthia has now been incorporated into the permanent collection. The carousel of artwork at the KUNSTHAUS : KOLLITSCH has also been busily turning again and EXHIBITION…④ has again brought numerous new pieces of contemporary art to the existing collection.
AlterNation suggests an alternative approach to the consideration of Canada and the embracing of multiple perspectives towards our shared history. It is an acknowledgement of the many alternative nations that have existed within this country, while also suggesting a fluctuation between those various histories. In logic and mathematics, alternation is defined as “inclusive disjunction,” a term that metaphorically encompasses the ways that Canada has endeavoured to be a bastion of multicultural democracy, but has at times failed to live up to those ideals.
Mak Exhibition Hall
Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art
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. Design between Human and Machine broadens its scope to include the ethical and political questions arising from these enormous technological advances.
Art Gallery of Alberta
This exhibition presents over 120 works of art that act as markers for important moments in Canada’s history. Not depictions or documents of specific people or events, the works show how artists interpret and represent the world and how their ideas and images can hold meaning in new contexts. The exhibition is not a complete or comprehensive visual history of Canada—it is an accumulation of stories and associations between works of art and moments in Canadian history.