Eco-Urgency: Now or Never
Co-organized by Wave Hill and Lehman College Art Gallery, Eco-Urgency: Now or Never, is a collaborative exhibition that shows the varied responses artists have to the unfolding ecological crisis. This two-part exhibition opens August 28, 2021 at Wave Hill. Part two opens at Lehman College Art Gallery on December 4. Climate change, pollution, competition for natural resources and food insecurity threaten to overwhelm our planet and make earth uninhabitable. To encourage public engagement and deepen awareness of these issues, the artists in Eco-Urgency: Now or Never rely on research, critical analysis, observation and direct action that manifest as objects, videos, performances and community organizing. There are no easy answers, yet Eco-Urgency distills the current moment so that it can be approached, understood and acted on, provoking conversation and shared ideas.
Artists showing at Wave Hill: Allora & Calzadilla, Tatiana Arocha, Hannah Chalew, Lionel Cruet, Nicky Enright, Susan Rowe Harrison, Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens, Mary Mattingly, Alison Moritsugu, Alexis Rockman, SPURSE, Candace Thompson, Natalie Collette Wood, Suné Woods and Sasha Wortzel.
Artists confirmed for Lehman College Art Gallery include: Vanessa Albury, Samantha Box, Nicky Enright, Rachel Frank, Alicia Grullón, Alison Janae Hamilton, Mary Mattingly, Alison Moritsugu, Alexis Rockman, Francesco Simeti, SPURSE, Will Wilson, Natalie Collette Wood and Ken + Julia Yonetani.
This exhibition will be on view at Lehman College Art Gallery December 4, 2021 through April 23, 2022.
During the summer of 2020, Wave Hill presented a series of nine virtual programs to introduce the themes within the Eco-Urgency exhibition. Learn more about these programs.
Eco-Urgency: Now or Never at Wave Hill follows the related 2018 exhibitions Avifauna: Birds and Habitat and Ecological Consciousness: Artist as Instigator, and the 2017 exhibition Jackie Brookner: Of Nature.