Art for Earth’s Sake: The Art World Meets the Crisis
Sunday, October 2, 2022
Ahmanson Auditorium, MOCA Grand Avenue
With Bonnie Brennan, Russell Fortmeyer, David Nussbaum, Debra Scacco, and Michael Wang
Moderated by Alex Sloane
Support for environmentally conscious art is surging, declared the NYT in early 2022, noting that more than a dozen exhibitions explicitly confronting climate change had been on view in cities from Santa Fe, N.M., to Singapore. MOCA itself has entered the conversation, with the establishment in 2020 of its Environmental Council. But is it enough to make chest-thumping art about climate change? What about the art world’s own contribution to the mammoth human-made carbon footprint–through boundless travel (private jets for art fairs!) shipments, post-installation waste; and through its financial entanglements, from philanthropic support from dirty industries to its role as a commodity in late-capitalism? Art for Earth’s Sake opens with a broad look at how the art world can use its outsized cultural influence to bring about change inside and out of the art industry.
Is it time to focus on local artists, and cultivate more regional art communities? Or go global while staying in place, with a little help from holograms?
Art for Earth’s Sake is organized by Frances Anderton, Producer, with Livia Mandoul, Associate Producer
MOCA’s environmental programming series highlights the museum’s work around climate, conservation, and environmental justice. Guided by the work of the MOCA Environmental Council, the first sustainability council at a major arts museum in the United States, this series presents artists, activists, and scholars committed to critical ecological issues in Los Angeles and globally.
The 2022 series is made possible by Nora McNeely Hurley and Manitou Fund.
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