Upcoming Exhibition

August 14, 2021
December 12, 2021

Exact upcoming exhibition dates are tentative and subject to change.

Art and the Global Climate Struggle will present place-specific creative responses to climate change by contemporary artists from around the world. Paired with an international conference on climate change and Indigenous and local knowledge to be held at Cornell in 2021 (dates to be announced), this exhibition highlights regions encompassed by established Cornell fieldwork with Indigenous peoples in Central Asia, the Arctic, and North America. All of the works will present the viewpoints of individuals engaged in the ongoing struggle toward changes to their lands and waters.

Acknowledging the effects of colonialism and industrialism, the exhibition will foreground works of art that explore the consequences of climate change on the food production, security, cultural independence, and general wellbeing of Indigenous and other peoples with strong ties to their land. Concepts such as Indigenous ecological knowledge, the value and personhood of all things, and the impact of geopolitical forces and extractive industries will engage diverse audiences from the campus, community and region, adding a new dimension to the teaching of Indigenous knowledge, self-determination, and governance in a changing ecological landscape.

Participants and sponsors in the exhibition and the conference will include the American Indian & Indigenous Studies Program and faculty partners and thought leaders from the South Asia Program, the Department of Natural Resources, Cornell Botanical Gardens, Cornell University Library, the Atkinson Center for Sustainability, the Global Development program, the Department of Performing and Media Arts, and the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies.