475 Tenth Ave. at 36th St. NYC
Jackie Brookner and ecoartspace invite you to join them in celebrating the publication of URBAN RAIN to take place in conjunction with "What Matters Most" a benefit exhibition for ecoartspace hosted by Exit Art in the Exit Underground Space.
Jackie Brookner will read from Urban Rain and will speak about the philosophical context of her award winning project in San Jose, California. Also this evening Buckminster Fuller Institute Director, Elizabeth Thompson will present information about the finalists for the 2010 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Award. Urban Rain will be available for purchase this evening.
As we recognize the necessity of creating more sustainable and humane cities, Jackie Brookner’s most recent work, Urban Rain, points the way. How do urban dwellers learn to not just see what they have chosen to ignore and consigned to waste, but to actually celebrate and utilize it? Commissioned by the City of San Jose, California to work at Roosevelt Community Center, a new LEED gold building, Brookner created two installations that collect and filter rainwater shed from the roof of the building. Beyond their elegant functionality, these works provoke questions about where the body begins and ends, about the human dependence on natural systems, and about what it can mean to be human today. Urban Rain documents Brookner’s process from concept drawings through installation and includes provocative essays by noted art critic Patricia Phillips and hydrologist Franco Montalto.
Jackie Brookner is a 2009 Artist Fellowship recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). This presentation is co-sponsored by Artists & Audiences Exchange, a NYFA public program, funded with leadership support from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)