Must-See (Green) Shows

As seen in “Making A Splash,” in the October 2008 issue of Watercolor Artist:

Lawrence, Kansas
University of Kansas’s Spooner Hall in The Commons features Niche: Nature Morte in the Simulated Garden, an installation with reoccurring images of the tree of life—“a hybrid of consumer culture and the natural world”—created by artists Marguerite Perret, Bruce Scherting and Betsy Knabe Roe. On display through November 29. 785/864-4710.

North Adams, Massachusetts
Mass MoCA presents Badlands: New Horizons in Landscape, an exploration of the new landscape craze (and cause): addressing modern ideas of exploration, wilderness, land usage, environmental politics and the relativity of aesthetic beauty—with works by Alexis Rockman, Vaughn Bell, Joe Smolinski and others. On display through April 9, 2009. 413/662-2111.

Ghent, NY
Into the Trees (on display through November 30) is an outdoor sculpture exhibition featuring works by artists Polly Apfelbaum, Sanford Biggers, Elizabeth Demaray and a host of others at the Fields Sculpture Park at Omi International Arts Center. While there, stop by the Charles B. Benenson Visitors Center & Gallery, an environmentally progressive building showcasing “green” systems such as a planted roof, solar power and a structure made out of natural textiles. 518/392-4747.

Ontario, Canada
The Earth Art Exhibit (through October 13) at the Royal Botanical Gardens features Canadian and international artists’ (Nils-Udo, Emilie Brzezinski, Simon Frank, Neville Gabie, Yolanda Gutierrez, Ludwika Ogorzelec and others) ephemeral art—works that utilize natural materials and plants to create large installations marrying the landscape with art. 800-694-4769.

Fort Collins, Colorado
The Center for Fine Art Photography presents Our Environment; the Good, Bad and the Ugly, an exhibition (November 7-26) revealing the human foot print left on earth, for both nature conservationists and photographers alike. 970/224-1010.

Reno, Nevada
The Nevada Museum of Art features Mushrooms | Clouds, new work by Chris Drury referencing the complex legacy-and continued presence-of nuclear activity in the American West. On display through October 5. 775/329-3333.

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