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March 13 - April 25
Opening Reception: Friday, March 13, 6:30-8pm. Sculpture, video, photography and installation-based artwork that address specific environmental situations or that broaden public concern for environmental issues. Curated by Jo Anna Isaak.
"Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell:
the soil Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.
And For all this, nature is never spent. . . "
--Gerard Manley Hopkins
From the age of Manifest Destiny to the age of global warming, art has had a powerful impact on environmental reform. Paintings, photographs, and the environmental coffee table book were instrumental in the creation of America's national parks and in the passage of The Wilderness Act, legislation that would guarantee the permanence of the nation’s wilderness preserves. Recently, the success of Al Gore's film "An Inconvenient Truth" and the film's capacity to alert and inform a diverse population to the problem of global warming may be considered a prime example of the way in which art can be used in aid of the environment. Today artists have begun to work with scientists, marine biologists, botanists, urban planners and (industrial engineers to discover creative solutions to ecological problems.
And for all this, nature is never spent is an exhibition of contemporary artists working in a variety of nontraditional media, who have employed their talents in the service of environmental awareness, providing a variety of approaches and models of participatory engagement, designing solutions to environmental problems and broadening public concern for what is becoming the most pressing issue of our time, environmental degradation. The participating artists are: Subhankar Banerjee, Sue Coe, Mark Jones, Stephanie Lempert, Jesse Potts, Samm Kunce, Christy Rupp, Alan Sonfist, Chris Sollars and Susan Unterberg.
Author's Talk and Film Screening
Tuesday, March 31, 6:30-8:30pm
Reading and discussion about global environmental disasters by author and environmentalist Robert Emmet Hernan. Lecture followed by screening of "When Elephants Paint: The Quest of Two Russian Artists To Save the Elephants of Thailand." Download Press Release.
Earth Day Work Party and All Age Art Workshop
Wednesday, April 22, 3:00-4:30pm
On Earth Day, Pelham-based landscape firm Greener by Design welcomes volunteers and will lead a work party to prune, plant, mulch, transplant, compost, and weed the Art Center's grounds and courtyard. Please meet in the courtyard and bring gloves.
Closing Reception and All Age Art Workshop
Saturday, April 25, 1:30:3:30pm
Join us for a day of art and ecology to celebrate Earth Day. Fordham University students involved in "And for all this, nature is never spent" give docented tours of the exhibit and lead the public in all-age art making workshops!
Download the press release.
New York Times, Sunday, March 29, 2009.
Review by Benjamin Genocchio