A bi-weekly conversation series on the issues that matter with the people that matter to artists and the organizations that support them, CBMArts presents ‘Arts and Culture Conversations’.
Representing the Environment
What does it mean to represent the environment in the sense of “speaking” or “advocating” for it? And what role can and do artists and arts institutions play in this important work, of making the environment and its fragile ecosystems visible and tangible and meaningful?
Alexis Rockman, Artist, New York City
Alexis Rockman has spent more than three decades representing, through both fact and fictions, the uncomfortable truths about how humans have used and abused the natural world. His most recent major project, The Great Lakes Cycle, an epic suite of paintings and didactics that depict the ecosystems of, and human interventions into, the North America’s largest freshwater bodies, opened at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (2018) and traveled to the Chicago Cultural Center (2018), the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (2018-19), Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University (2019), Weisman Art Museum (2019-20), and Flint Institute of Arts (2020). Rockman’s work is represented in major museum collections, including the Baltimore Museum of Art; Brooklyn Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Smithsonian American Art Museum; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; and Whitney Museum of American Art.
Jonathan Neil, Director, Center for Business and Management of the Arts (CBMArts) at Claremont Graduate University