In Human Time: An Exhibition in Two Parts

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December 20, 2017 - February 11, 2018

Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 25, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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A Conversation on Climate and Art
Friday, January 26, 2018,
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium
66 Fifth Avenue, Ground Floor

Christiane Paul, Oliver Kellhammer, and Peggy Weil will discuss art and climate change in the context of Weil’s film 88 Cores, on view for the first time as the centerpiece of In Human Time. How can we comprehend the inhuman scales at work in global climate change? The conversation will explore how art and digital media can enhance our understanding of time and space in the context of the environment.

Paul is the director and chief curator of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center (SJDC) at the Parsons School of Design, a professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School, and adjunct curator of digital art at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Kellhammer is a land artist, activist, writer, and lecturer in Sustainable Systems at Parsons whose botanical interventions and public art projects have focused on a range of environmental concerns. Weil’s work has been internationally exhibited and spans genres including digital urban signboards, VR, mobile apps, and large-scale public installations. 88 Cores is the fourth in her series of ‘underlandscapes.’

The conversation will take place in the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium at the SJDC, next to the gallery, which will remain open until the event begins.

RSVP here.

For more information please visit the In Human Time site.

Whale Bay, Antarctica No. 4, 84×144, 2016 (reproduction)
Zaria Forman

Window installation (galleries closed, installation viewable from the street)

December 20, 2017 – January 15, 2018

88 Cores 
Peggy Weil
January 19, 2018 – February 11, 2018

Closed Saturday, Jan 20; Sunday, Jan 21 – open 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

In Human Time, the first exhibition of the Climate Museum, explores intersections of polar ice, humanity, and time through video and photography installations by artists Zaria Forman and Peggy Weil. It also includes a timeline with artifacts relating the physical history of the Arctic to its significant influence on both culture and science.

Every week, climate news confirms that the poles of the Earth which seem implacably vast and frozen, unchangeable and forbidding are in fact, far from invulnerable. Polar ice is disappearing on a scale our minds cannot comprehend. Indeed, it is one the clearest and strongest demonstrable summaries of the massive changes caused by human action.   In Human Time asks how this contradiction between invulnerability and fragility reflect on us. If on the one hand, our capacity for awe, creativity, curiosity, knowledge and understanding, communication and common action offers optimism for our surviving the climate crisis, our capacity for heedless destruction does not. Our agency—in decision and action—is caught in the tension of our conflicting capacities.

Meaningful shared action demands a stronger awareness of time, of its continuum and urgency, in ways that are often less comfortable or natural to hold. Both Weil and Forman raise these issues at planetary scale: Weil traces planetary temperatures preserved in cores of ancient ice while Forman foregrounds the enduring beauty of landscapes undergoing relentless change. James Baldwin said of the struggle for racial equality and our common humanity that “[t]here is never a time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now.” Human beings will be living with climate change past the foreseeable horizon. What that looks like will depend on decisions we make together about our thought, dialogue, and action—now.

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