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Diane Burko: Glacial Perspectives

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Sunday, 01 December 2013
Diane Burko: Glacial Perspectives

I want to seduce the viewer with my painting of the landscape and then subtly engage them in contemplating its survival.

For over 40 years, Diane Burko has travelled around the Americas and Europe, taking photographs and making sketches of volcanoes, hot spring fissures, glaciers, mountains, and rain forests in order to paint these landscapes in her Philadelphia studio.

In 2013 Burko was invited to join research voyages to Antarctica and the Arctic in the company of other artists, scientists and journalists. These trips have given her unprecedented access to the far reaches of our planet and the opportunity to continue her ongoing study of glacial geology and climate change. Her recent work combines research with on-site visits and transforms layers of visual and technical data into dynamic visions of some of the most extreme landscapes on earth.  These paintings turn aside the distracting political debates that surround our discussions of global warming to call attention to the visual facts of retreating glaciers, melting ice caps, and rising sea levels.

This exhibition was organized by Donna Gustafson, Andrew W. Mellon Liaison for Academic Programs and Curator, with the assistance of Kelsey Brosnan and Jenevieve DeLosSantos, PhD candidates in Art History, Rutgers, and Andrew W. Mellon Summer Interns, and Faye Doelling, Undergraduate Intern. The exhibition is supported by an endowment fund established by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

Related programs are part of the larger series "Polar Perspectives on Art and Science" which include collaborations with the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy, Department of Geography, Rutgers Climate Institute, and the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers) at Rutgers University.  The exhibition is a focus of the Byrne Seminar “Arctic Lens: A Journey to the Great North through Film” taught by professors Asa Rennermalm (Geography) and Hal Salzman (Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy) in the Spring of 2014.  A lecture series connecting art, science, and discussions of climate change will be presented at the Zimmerli Art Museum and at other venues throughout the university; please check the Zimmerli lecture website and Rutgers Climate Institute http://climatechange.rutgers.edu for more specific information.    As part of the larger series, a screening of  the film, "Chasing Ice" followed by a panel of distinguished faculty, will be held at the Rutgers Cinema, Livingston Campus, October 23, 2013 co-sponsored by all the partners mentioned as well as the Department of Geography, Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sci, Inc. Let Us Talk About Water, and the Cook Campus Dean.

Zimmerli's webpage for this exhibit can be found here.

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Location Zimmerli Art Museum, 71 Hamilton Street at George Street, College Avenue Campus
Contact Donna Gustafson, Tel 848.932.7237, ext. 26774, gustafson(at)zimmerli.rutgers.edu


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