March 24, 2011
Richmond Center for Visual Arts, room 2008
Jackie Brookner's living sculptures, called Biosculptures™, use plants to clean polluted water while their imagery provokes questions about what "the being of human" might mean today. She is an ecological artist and writer who collaborates internationally with scientists, design professionals, communities, and policy makers on water remediation--public art projects for parks, wetlands, rivers, and urban stormwater runoff. Her recent projects in Salo, Finland; San Jose, CA; West Palm Beach, FL; Cincinnati, OH; and near Dresden, Germany seed a sense of connection to the more-than-human world through community participation, environmental education, and ecological restoration. She lectures internationally, and has taught at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Washington University--St. Louis and Parsons School of Design, where she currently teaches. Her numerous awards include The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts, The Nancy Gray Foundation for Art in the Environment, and The Trust for Mutual Understanding. She completed her B.A. at Wellesley College and holds M.A. and A.B.D. degrees from Harvard University. She lives and works in New York City.
Reception to follow.
Sponsored by The Gwen Frostic Lecture Series and the WSA.