Weather Report: Art&Climate Change

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Weather Report: Art&Climate Change

We believe what we see: that’s what renowned writer and art historian Lucy R. Lippard is banking on with her exhibit, “Weather Report: Art & Climate Change.” The exhibit, which opened in September in collaboration with Ecoarts, is on its last week of display at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. It will close on Friday, December 21st.

“Weather Report” provides the visuals that aim to activate personal and public change to the environment. Photo courtesy of First Pulse Projects.

According to the museum’s website, “This exhibit partners the art and scientific communities to create a visual dialogue surrounding climate change. Historically, visual arts play a central role in attracting, inspiring, educating and motivating audiences.“Lippard’s exhibit stitches together artists from various forms of media like San Francisco’s Futurefarmers (founded by Amy Franceschini), The Yes Men, Judit Hersko and Learning Site with the scientific community. Some of the artists appearing at the exhibit have worked with scientists and the media since the 1960s: the dawn of the environmental movement. Their goal is to achieve a better understanding of pressing environmental issues through visual learning. The gallery features work from 34 artists and is complimented by site-specific events featured in the surrounding Boulder area. These sites include the Norlin Library galleries, the ATLAS Center at the University of Colorado, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Copenhagen’s Learning Site contributes “Where Is The Sun? – Gleaning Solar Power” to the exhibit. Photo courtesy of Learning Site.

Preview the exhibit here. (Denver Westworld)

For many years, Boulder, Colorado has served as a role-model for eco-friendly communities, acting as pioneers for the policy of controlled urban expansion. In an attempt to protect the Arapahoe Glacier and the Flagstaff Mountain range from development, Boulder’s “Blue Line” city charter (passed in 1959) restricted water service to altitudes below 5,750 feet. Using German and Danish building codes as a blueprint, Boulder has diligently pressed for legislation to prevent interference with its natural surroundings.

As the environment issue transforms from a “liberal fairy-tale” into a real responsibility, will Americans follow Boulder’s cause of action? Will communities start devising plans of their own – with clear goals to run as an efficient ecosystem? Can the art and new media scene help to visualize these problems?

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