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"Placing the Golden Spike is co-curated by INOVA Director Sara Krajewski and Dehlia Hannah, Research Curator, Synthesis Center, Arizona State University. Funding for the exhibition is provided by the Mary L. Nohl Fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts." (Source text.)

This exhitbition was on view at INOVA from March 26th through June 13th, 2015.

Location: 
INOVA (Institute of Visual Arts)

2155 N. Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202

placing the golden spike: landscapes of the anthropocene

"This INOVA exhibition brings together nine contemporary artists to explore distinct locations where we might consider driving the “golden spike” that would mark the beginning of the Anthropocene, including the surreal landscapes of oil fields (Marina Zurkow), petro-chemical production (Steve Rowell), Yucca Mountain nuclear waste disposal site (Eve Laramee), and coastlines (Roderick Coover and Scott Rettberg). Others sites reflect more dispersed entities like the polluted atmosphere (Amy Balkin), rising sea levels (Eric Corriel), plastic refuse (Yevgeniya Kaganovich) and even digital space (Xavier Cha). Natalie Jeremijenko’s urban agriculture project takes the exhibition out of the gallery and into the city, where participants will be invited to explore the impacts of climate change on urban patterns of plant and animal life.

"Through photography, sculpture, video animation, film, performance, and participatory events, the exhibition invites us to contemplate how the manipulation of local ecologies and the global exploitation of natural resources will require new ways of living in the 21st century. The exhibition and accompanying programs challenge visitors to recognize the omnipresence of human impact on contemporary landscapes—suggesting that the closer and more carefully we look, the more places we may find to place a golden spike of the Anthropocene."

Text contributed can be read below. I also assisted in the installation of the exhibition.
I was supervised by INOVA Curator and Director Sara Krajewski, now Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Portland Museum of Art.