Beyond the Anthropocene - Art Exhibit

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Event Location: 
Douglas and Linda Paul Gallery, Englert Theatre
221 East Washington Street
Iowa City, IA 52240
Watershed Project by Jeff Rich

Beyond the Anthropocene features the work of three photographers who are in conversation with the illusory boundary between what is “natural” and what is “man-made.” Images from Daniel Beltrá’s series “Spill” record the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. They are part of the Seattle-based photographer’s ongoing study of the juxtaposition of nature with the destruction wrought by unsustainable development. UI Art & Art History professor Jeff Rich shares work from his ongoing Watershed Project highlighting the interconnected relationship between land, water, and man within the Mississippi River watershed; and UI alumni Matthew Weber offers another perspective of industrial manufacturing locations by documenting the night-time transformation of these sites into something mysterious and monument-like. The show also includes work from University of Iowa graduate students in Anita Jung's fall printmaking course. This exhibit is part of the Obermann Humanities Symposium, “Energy Cultures in the Age of the Anthropocene,” March 5-7, 2015. 

An opening reception on January 30 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm will feature a musical performance by Andre Perry, as well as readings by essayists, fiction writers, and poets Stephen Markley, Will Richards, Van Choojitarom, Stefanie Trout, and Taylor Brorby.