Beyond Green: Toward a Sustainable Art

  • Installation view at Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts

  • Andrea Zittel installation view at Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago

Curated by Stephanie Smith

Balancing environmental, social, economic, and aesthetic concerns, sustainable design has the potential to transform everyday life and is reshaping the fields of architecture and product design. Beyond Green: Toward a Sustainable Art explores the influence of this design philosophy on artists who combine a fresh aesthetic sensibility with a constructively critical approach to the production, dissemination, and display of art.

Beyond Green includes existing works, commissions, and previously presented work that has been “recycled,” spotlighting ways in which artists are building paths to new forms of practice. Many of the artists work collaboratively and leaven serious social aims with playful, off-the-grid spark, updating the Bauhaus notion of form following function or more recent Beuysian social sculpture. Their approaches range from the metaphorical to the pragmatic, sometimes serving as models for audience activism.




touring schedule

The DeVos Art Museum, Northern Michigan University
Marquette, MI, United States
January 19, 2009 - March 30, 2009

The Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art, Lewis & Clark College
Portland, OR, United States
September 11, 2008 - December 12, 2008

Joseloff Gallery, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford
Hartford, CT, United States
April 4, 2008 - June 10, 2008

Museum London
London, Canada
January 5, 2008 - March 16, 2008

Richard E. Peeler Art Center, DePauw University
Greencastle, IN, United States
September 14, 2007 - December 2, 2007

Contemporary Arts Center
Cincinnati, OH, United States
May 5, 2007 - July 15, 2007

Smith College Museum of Art
Northampton, MA, United States
February 2, 2007 - April 15, 2007

Museum of Arts & Design
New York, NY, United States
February 2, 2006 - May 7, 2006

Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago
Chicago, IL, United States
October 6, 2005 - January 15, 2006

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