June 21, 2019
The Aldrich Announces New Exhibit: 'Weather Report'
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum June 21, 2019
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The exhibit presents a group of artists who reference weather in provocative ways through sculpture, painting, installation, and video.

From the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum: The depiction of weather in the visual arts is traditionally linked with either landscape painting or photography, but in the last several decades artists have increasingly turned to other media to explore weather and, by extension, the larger subject of the Earth's atmosphere. Weather Report presents a group of diverse international artists who reference weather in provocative ways through sculpture, drawing, painting, installation, and video. The exhibition will be on view at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum October 6, 2019, to March 29, 2020.

The thin veneer of gas and water vapor that makes life possible on Earth is a remarkable and generally under-appreciated element of our planet; it not only creates hospitable conditions for life, but also consistently inspires the human imagination. Works of art within the Museum will manifest phenomena such as clouds, wind, rain, snow, temperature extremes, storms, and visibility, while exploring subjects including climate change, the emotional effects of weather, the relationship between the atmosphere and the oceans, weather as a metaphor for turmoil and change (both on a societal and personal levels), and weather's impact on history and politics. Weather Report reveals the sky as a site where the romantic, the political, the social, and the scientific co-exist and inform one other.

Nancy Graves, one of the first artists to interpret weather conditions from satellite imagery, began using this new technology in the 1970s. Graves' Untitled (Heat Density Map of a Cyclone) (1974) draws inspiration from an infrared satellite photograph found in a NASA technical publication. Beautiful as well as ominous, Nick Cave's Tondo (2018) posits the violence of urban America as a storm, superimposing mapping of cataclysmic weather patterns onto brain scans of black youth suffering from PTSD as a result of gun violence. Storm Prototype (2007) is one of a series of sculptures by Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle that physically realizes models of super cell thunderstorm clouds. The two "clouds" that comprise this work are objects created from 3-D computer models of thunderstorms, capturing the development of a single storm in two snapshots sixty seconds apart.

The exhibition also includes work by Bigert & Bergström, Barbara Bloom, Sarah Bouchard, Josh Callaghan, Violet Dennison, Ellen Harvey, Ayumi Ishii, Jitish Kallat, Kim Keever, Byron Kim, Damian Loeb, Colin McMullan, Hitoshi Nomura, Pat Pickett, Bryan Nash Gill, Andy Goldsworthy, Sean Salstrom, and Jennifer Steinkamp.

Weather Report will feature programming partnerships with both regional and national meteorology and climate experts, as well as university meteorological departments, including Albert Owino and Gary Lessor, meteorology professors at Western Connecticut State University, and Amanda Bunce, a member of the Stormwise group and wind researcher at the University of Connecticut.

A one-day cross-disciplinary symposium, Weather Report: A Symposium on Art and Weather, will take place on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Western Connecticut State University. Presenters include Craig Allen, noted radio meteorologist from WCBS 880; The Aldrich's Exhibitions Director, Richard Klein; forest management researcher at UCONN's Stormwise program, Amanda Bunce; Todd Forrest, the New York Botanical Garden's Arthur Ross Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections; and interdisciplinary artists Pat Pickett, Colin McMullan, and Kim Keever. This event has been organized in tandem by The Aldrich and WCSU's Meteorology Department.

Weather Report will be accompanied by a 50 page full-color catalogue featuring an essay by Richard Klein, the exhibition's curator.

Organized by Richard Klein, Exhibitions Director, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

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Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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