BEYOND THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY’S "ECOTOPIA"
The New York Times Science Writer Andrew Revkin Discusses Today's Looming Ecological Issues with Lead Scientist Sanjayan Muttulingam and Celebrated Photographer Clifford Ross
December 7, 2006; 7:00pm
Fee: $5; RSVPs recommended
Contact: ICP Education
International Center of Photography
1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd St.
New York, NY 10036
"Ecotopia…delivers an acute, often mesmerizing look at landscape photography in the age of environmental threats." (Barbara Pollack, ARTnews)
New York, NY November 16, 2006 – The New York Times prize-winning reporter Andrew Revkin will discuss the overarching themes running through Ecotopia, the acclaimed International Center of Photography (ICP) exhibition currently on view in this midtown museum. Revkin will participate on a panel that includes The Nature Conservancy Lead Scientist, Sanjayan Muttulingam, and the photographer Clifford Ross, whose work can be seen in the exhibition. Ecotopia is comprised of more than 100 photographs, videos, and installations that introduce striking new perspectives on humanity's increasingly fraught relation to the natural world and to the planet that sustains us.
Brian Wallis, Chief Curator for ICP, will lead and moderate the panel discussion.
The evening's event, in collaboration with ICP, will explore the speakers' personal and professional insights into current environmental issues, as well as their thoughts on the exhibition's broad spectrum of topics such as natural disasters, global warming, and deforestation.
The audience is invited to view the exhibition following the panel discussion.
Citing the recent Al Gore documentary examining causes of global warming and recent cataclysmic events such as the Indian Ocean tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, Wallis said, "When people look back on 2005-2006, they'll say it's when people finally woke up to the crisis of the environment."
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Human/Nature: Art and the Environment is a series of public discussions between contemporary artists and leaders in the scientific, arts and conservation communities created by a special partnership of the organizations Ecoartspace, The Nature Conservancy and New York City Audubon.
The International Center of Photography
Interpreting the power and evolution of photography, the International Center of Photography is a museum and school dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of photography. ICP creates programs of the highest quality to advance knowledge of the medium. These include exhibitions, collections, and education for the general public, members, students, and professionals in the field of photography. Photography occupies a vital and central place in contemporary culture; it reflects and influences social change, provides an historical record, is essential to visual communication and education, opens new opportunities for personal and aesthetic expression, has transformed popular culture, has revolutionized scientific research, and continually evolves to incorporate new technologies.
Ecoartspace is a non-profit organization founded in 1999, based in New York City and Northern California. Its mission is to support artists who create works that raise environmental awareness and inspire visions of a sustainable relationship between humans and the natural world. Ecoartspace has engaged with hundreds of artists via exhibitions, public art installations, panel discussions, and school curriculum, including: Alexis Rockman, Helen and Newton Harrison, Alan Sonfist, Betty Beaumont, and Mierle Laderman Ukeles.
New York City Audubon was founded in 1979 to address the critical task of preserving and protecting grasslands, woodlands, wetlands and wildlife natural habitats throughout New York City's five boroughs (Manhattan, Queens, The Bronx, Brooklyn, and Staten Island).
The Nature Conservancy is a leading international, nonprofit organization that preserves plants, animals and natural communities representing the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. To date, the Conservancy and its more than one million members have been responsible for the protection of more than 15 million acres in the United States and have helped preserve more than 102 million acres in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific. In New York, The Nature Conservancy has helped to preserve more than 500,000 acres. Visit us on the web at nature.org/newyork.