Toward a Sustainable Art. The show explores how the design philosophy resonates with an emerging generation of international artists who combine aesthetic sensibility with a constructively critical approach to the display of art. The exhibition includes existing works, commissions, and previously presented work that has been 'recycled,' spotlighting ways in which artists are building paths to new forms of practice.
Toward a Sustainable Art
Sustainable design attempts to meet the needs of the present without compromising those of future generations. Balancing environmental, social, economic, and aesthetic concerns, sustainable design has the potential to transform everyday life and is being enacted around the world in large and small ways not only by architects and designers but also by growing numbers of activists, corporations, policymakers, and possibly even your next-door neighbors.
Beyond Green: Toward a Sustainable Art explores how this design philosophy resonates with an emerging generation of international artists who combine a fresh aesthetic sensibility with a constructively critical approach to the production, dissemination, and display of art.
Contributing artists and artists' groups from the United States and Europe include Allora & Calzadilla; Free Soil; JAM; Learning Group; Brennan McGaffey in collaboration with Temporary Services; Nils Norman; People Powered; Dan Peterman; Marjetica Potrč; Michael Rakowitz; Frances Whitehead, WochenKlausur; and Andrea Zittel. The exhibition includes existing works, commissions, and previously presented work that has been "recycled," spotlighting ways in which artists are building paths to new forms of practice.
Curator: This exhibition is co-organized by the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, and iCI (Independent Curators International), New York, and circulated by iCI. This exhibition is curated by Stephanie Smith, Smart Museum Curator of Contemporary Art.
Exhibition Catalogue will be available at the Smart Museum Shop.
Image: Michael Rakowitz, paraSITE, 1998-ongoing (view of Bill Stone's paraSITE in use), Nylon, vinyl, hardware, and vented heat. Courtesy of the artist and Lombard-Freid Projects, New York.
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