ARTS

ARTS

You were probably not surprised to find carefully curated lists of books and films in the LIBRARY but I suspect you will be amazed by the wealth of news about musicians and dancers, theater festivals and exhibitions in this ARTS section, all focused on global warming. It celebrates the composers and singers, painters, cartoonists and photographers, playwrights, actors and dancers wall of whom are bringing their gifts to bear on the challenges that climate change poses.

climate change museum opened in New York catalyzing a cultural transformation around climate, inviting people from all walks of life into the conversation, and building community around solutions. Its opening show on January 25, 2018, bathed the outside sidewalk in a cool blue light from a video of the Greenland Ice Sheet, a new work by Los Angeles artist Peggy Weil.

Another New York artist, Eve Mosher walked almost 70 miles across Brooklyn and lower Manhattan, painting a chalk line showing the likely location of frequent flooding if sea levels continued to rise. And, then there is The Birth of Venus, which in this 21st century version, artist Chris Jordan replaces Botticelli’s paints with 240,000 plastic bags, equal to the number consumed throughout the world every ten seconds.

Photographers have also documented the damage we are doing and, in the 21st century, we are seeing more and more images illustrating the consequences of climate change – from Justin Sullivan and Noah Berger’s devastating photographs of the California’s Camp Fire to Paul Nicklen, one of the world’s foremost photographers of polar wildlife, and his photographs of vanishing ice. More and more, photography competitions are emerging around the theme of climate change. The Nature Conservancy recently announced their winners, among whom, with great US images, were Tyler Schiffman, Raymond Hennessey, Robert Potts and Hao Jiang.

And, performing artists are not to be left out. The classical and astonishing Italian composer, Ludovico Einaudi flew to the Artic to play his Elegy for the Artic on the ice. Billie Eilish, Coldplay, and the Dave Matthews Band are among musicians making efforts to reduce their carbon footprints.

Don’t miss The New York Times publication of a top ten list of pop climate change songs. After looking at lyrics from all artists in the last two years of Billboard charts, they found 192 references to climate change.

And, then there are infographic artists. Recognizing the complexity of explaining climate change, they have tackled it visually.

CURRENT NEWS

The poignant music of melting ice: have a listen

By Grayson Haver Currin 03/16/23
Scientists and musicians are recording the sounds of unfreezing water to document and predict the effects of climate change. Can their work help slow it, too?...
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How art lovers helped defeat America’s largest solar farm

By Sammy Roth 02/02/23
A week ago, I stood at the edge of Mormon Mesa, a flat-topped ridge rising from the Earth northeast of Las Vegas. The Virgin River meandered through a valley below, the vegetation lining its banks…
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8 artists who are grappling with climate change and imagining a better world

By Samantha Harrington 01/03/23
What does a pencil have to say about the future? What does a song, a smell, a coyote, or a lush Haitian garden teach us about how to live in a world in flux? Artists…
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Mona Lisa Smeared with Cake by Climate Change Protester: ‘Think of the Planet’

By Alex Greenberger 05/30/22
The Mona Lisa was smeared with cake at the Louvre on Sunday in a stunt that went viral on social media on Sunday. However, because the famed Leonardo da Vinci painting is encased in bullet-proof…
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The atlantic, artist glenn kaino, and superblue announce a forest for the trees, an immersive show opening may 13 in los angeles

04/22/22
The Atlantic, artist Glenn Kaino, and Superblue announce today the debut of A Forest for the Trees, an ambitious immersive show created and directed by visionary artist Glenn Kaino that is designed to inspire audiences…
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