Sidewalk Kintsukuroi, a semi-permanent installation in the walkway leading to MASS MoCA's entrance.
Rachel has two works in this exhibition: Krypton Relativity, and A Selected History of the Spacetime Continuum, a handwritten timeline spanning from before the Big Bang through to 10 to 100 billion years in the future.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 // 6:00 pm
Sussman is currently developing new installation work deepening her explorations of personal and cosmic time, the universe, nature, philosophy, and beauty. She spent a decade developing the critically acclaimed project “The Oldest Living Things in the World,” for which she researches, works with biologists, and travels all over the world to photograph continuously living organisms 2000 years old and older. Sussman's art practice really came into focus, however, after a serendipitous moment during a trip to Japan. Days away from deciding to fly home early, she found herself on a remote Japanese island, photographing a 7,000-year-old tree. About a year later, Sussman launched the Oldest Living Things in the World project, a series that has since taken her all over the world to photograph everything from 3,000-year-old lichen to a 9,550-year-old spruce to an 80,000-year-old colony of aspen trees. Rachel will be coming to talk about her work and her ongoing projects.
"This series is co-curated by Temple Contemporary, Temple University’s Office of Sustainability, and Temple University Libraries, along with faculty and graduate students from the Tyler School of Art, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Center for the Cinematic and Performing Arts."
Support for this series provided by the Department of Planning and Community Design in Tyler School of Art’s Division of Architecture and Environmental Design, the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership, the General Education Program, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, the Philadelphia Orchard Project, the Jewish Farm School, the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, TreePhilly, Village of Arts and Humanities, Asociación de Puertorriqueños en Marcha, the Photography Program at Tyler School of Art, the New Kensington Community Development Corporation, The Humane League, Philadelphia Zoo, and Audubon Society.
This event is made possible by the General Activities Fund (GAF)
GETXOPHOTO is a festival dedicated to photography that takes place in Getxo (Basque Country) and supports the exploration of formats, stands and unconventional exhibition spaces to show the different images. This is a thematic festival that every three years works together with a different curator who understands the photography as a tool of knowledge, communication, and of course artistic enjoyment.
In conjunction with an exhibition titled While You Are Sleeping featuring artists Gayil Nalls, Daria Dorosh and Jose Marinez, at El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 in East Harlem on April 22 – May 1, The Earth is Worth Saving is the first of two public events aiming to provoke an exchange of ideas about how we can navigate the future of work and the planet. In an effort to re-culture two important issues, we are bringing together artists, scientists, technologists, intellectuals, experts and activists in two round table dialogues on topics of the environment, and labor, to provide unique fundamental information and practical recommendations for issues both problematic and dire that we face today.
RACHEL SUSSMAN & URSULA K. HEISE IN CONVERSATION
Artist Rachel Sussman has traveled around the world to photograph organisms—trees, lichens, bacteria—that are 2,000 or more years old. Confronting lives that extend so much longer than human lifespans challenges us to rethink the context of our human communities and the more-than-human environments into which we are embedded. What does it mean to take a picture of a 4,000-year-old tree at a fraction of a second? How has human intervention in nature given rise to a new geological age? Sussman, a LACMA Lab Artist and author of the New York Times bestseller, The Oldest Living Things in the World, and Ursula K. Heise, a professor in the Department of English and the Institute of Environment and Sustainability at UCLA, will discuss these questions of nature, technology, and our understanding of time to the backdrop of Sussman’s stunning images.
IRIS NIGHTS LECTURE SERIES:
Rachel Sussman discusses her research and travels across the world in efforts to photograph continuously living organisms that are 2,000 years old and older.
TUE, JUNE 23, 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Chit-chat with Shelley Reed and Rachel Sussman about their exhibitions, their similarities and differences, as well as where their art is located in a larger, present-day conversation about humanity's relationship with nature.
Free • Limited seating, reserve your ticket online.
Depictions of nature can illuminate themes of sexuality, gender politics, the abject, and the sublime. In the fourth installment of the NMWA’s Women to Watch exhibition series, contemporary artists use imagery and materials taken from the natural world. The works on view recontextualize images of plants and animals and redefine the relationships between women, nature, and art. Calling to mind entrenched associations of women with nature, the exhibition opens a dialogue about these traditional views. Women to Watch is an exhibition series featuring emerging and underrepresented women artists held every two to three years developed in conjunction with the museum’s national and international outreach committees.
Since its invention in the nineteenth century, photography has been used to document plant life and humans’ relationship to nature. Early photographic processes required vast amounts of light during exposure, and subjects were often posed in gardens flooded with sunlight. Both scientists and artists have recorded the beauty of plant structures, watching fiddlehead ferns unfurl and observing flowers as they bloom and decay. For amateur photographers, a photograph could capture a prizewinning flower or the image of a loved one among the splendor of the garden.
George Eastman House holds a unique collection of photographs that explore uses of gardens and how humans cultivate the landscapes that surround them. From famous locations such as Versailles to the simplest home vegetable garden, from worlds imagined by artists to food production recorded by journalists, the subjects in this exhibition broaden our understanding of photography and how it has been used to record the cultivated landscape.
Spanning the history of photography and photographic processes (daguerreotype to inkjet prints), more than 75 photographers will be represented, including Anna Atkins, Hippolyte Bayard, Southworth & Hawes, Eugene Atget, Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Imogen Cunningham, Edward Weston, Lee Friedlander, Stephen Shore, Emmet Gowin, Robert Mapplethorpe, Barbara Norfleet, Mark Klett, Ablardo Morell, Andrew Buurman, Tanya Marcuse, Sharon Core, Ori Gersht, Rachel Sussman, and Brad Temkin.
Each year, Director William (Ned) Friedman and the Arnold Arboretum present the Director’s Lecture Series, featuring nationally recognized experts addressing an array of topics related to Earth’s biodiversity and evolutionary history, the environment, conservation biology, and key social issues associated with current science.
Rachel, a member of the Image Science Film Festival New York City Jury, is traveling to Abu Dhabi to take part in the closing night program. A selection of her Oldest Living Things images will also be on view.
More details to follow.
Join Rachel in conversation with Duane Griffin as they discuss the Oldest Living Things in the World. The exhibition will be open before and after the talk, and signed books will be available for sale.
Join artist and Art + Technology Lab grant recipient Rachel Sussman for a talk exploring deep time and deep space. Reporting on her investigation of the limits of human perception in the realms of astronomy, astrophysics, and particle physics, Sussman shares her insights, setbacks, revelations, and ideas in progress generated through conversations with cosmologists at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, engineers at SpaceX, and particle physicists at CERN (home to the Large Hadron Collider).
Sussman is a photographer and transdisciplinary artist whose work, including the project The Oldest Living Things in the World, is often inspired by discussions and collaborations with scientists. Sussman discusses what she calls “creative churn”—the practice of following compelling threads, unsure of where they might lead. For the past several months, she has been supported by a LACMA Art + Technology Lab grant in a research phase to inform future work, and will be talking publicly about new directions in her practice for the first time.
LACMA, Art + Technology Lab, Art of the Americas Building
Free and open to the public; reservations required
Tickets: 323 857-6010 or reserve online
Plan Your Visit
Join Imagine Science Films for opening night of the 7th annual Imagine Science Film Festival at Google New York. The evening will include a shorts screening, panel & reception introducing us to the theme of “time” through the program Exploration in the 4th Dimension followed by a panel moderated by science writer Carl Zimmer. The night’s films investigate color development in butterfly wings, psychological illness from three different perspectives, and Kurt Gödel’s theories on time travel, among many other compelling topics.
Panelists: Rachel Sussman, Aubrey de Grey, and Fernanda B. Viégas
TICKETS BY INVITATION ONLY, WATCH G+ LIVESTREAM OF PANEL HERE
In DC? Register for DASER: DC Art & Science Evening Rendezvous, featuring Rachel and other "Imaging Deep Time" exhibition artist Byron Wolfe, as well as geologist Magdalena Donahue and artist Olga Ast. Hosted by JD Talasek, Facilitator; Director, Cultural Programs, National Academy of Sciences. Free and open to the public.
The largest solo exhibition of Oldest Living Things in the World to date opens in the Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation on September 13th in beautiful Red Hook, Brooklyn! Curated by Christina Costello, formerly of MoMA, this is Rachel's largest solo exhibition to date, featuring many never seen before prints, and a site-specific installation of her research and ephemera.
OPENING RECEPTION: Sat, Sept 13th, 6p to 8p. Free and open to the public. SPECIAL PROGRAMMING on Sun, Nov 2nd to be announced - stay tuned for details. Visit Pioneer Works for more information.
This group exhibition at NYU GALLATIN GALLERY opens Fri, Sept 12th and runs through Oct 15th. Rachel is showing large scales works from "The Only Paradise is Paradise Lost." Other artists in this environmentally engaged exhibition include Nina Katchadourian, Mitchell Joaquim, William Lamson, Melanie Baker and Joseph Heidecker.
“How come it is easier for us to imagine the end of all life on earth–an asteroid hitting the planet–than a modest change in our economic order?” –Slavoj Zizek, Pervert’s guide to Ideology
This exhibition represents an area where rational and intuitive thinking come together to explore the question of how we relate to the vastness of time. The answer suggested by the artwork suggests that we do so through a combination of visual metaphors (cycles, circles, arrows, trajectories) and visual evidence (rock formations, strata, fossils of fauna and flora) while being mediated through various technologies and media.
Artists featured include Chul Hyun Ahn, Alfredo Arreguin, Diane Burko, Alison Carey, Terry Falke, Sharon Harper, Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe, Rosalie Lang, David Maisel, Semiconductor, Rachel Sussman, and Jonathan Wells. Download the exhibition catalog. For more information click here. In DC? Register for DASER: DC Art & Science Evening Rendezvous on Sept 18th.