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Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
Weather on Steroids: the Art of Climate Change Science
La Jolla Historical Society February 11 - May 21, 2017
San Diego Central Library Gallery June 10 - September 3, 2017
Weather on Steroids: the Art of Climate Change Science explores the question of consequences, challenges, and opportunities that arise from the changing climate on our planet. The exhibition merges the artistic and scientific to create a visual dialogue about the vexing problem of climate change, explores how weather variability affects the day-to-day life of local communities, and investigates Southern California vulnerability to climate change. It draws on the region’s scientific expertise at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, whose La Jolla-based investigators are at the forefront of climate research, reflecting on humanity’s role in our changing environment, and envisioning new possibilities for a sustainable future. Science serves as the inspiration for the creative responses from visual artists, who merge subjective images with empirical observation to reveal how climate variations upset the planet’s balance with extreme weather impacts. By illuminating the reality of climate change, Weather on Steroids aspires to proactively stimulate public dialogue about one of the most important issues of our time.
Participating artists include Tiersa Cosaert, Judit Hersko, Cheryl E. Leonard, Dana Montlack, Lilleane Peebles, Oscar Romo, M. Luna Rossel, Eva Struble, Paul Turounet, Ruth Wallen, and Allison Wiese.
Contributing scientists include Michel Boudrias, Michael Dettinger, Alexander Gershunov, Kristen Guiguis, Ralph Keeling, Manfredi Manizza, Art Miller, Walter Munk, David Pierce, Richard Somerville, and Shang-Ping Xie.
Curated by Tatiana Sizonenko with Science Consultant Alexander Gershunov.
Major support for this exhibition provided by Climate Education Partners (CEP), which is funded by the National Science Foundation, and by the Reuben H. Fleet Foundation, Ray Thomas Edwards Foundation, Donald G. Yeckel, Chairman. Additional support provided by IS Architecture, the Samuel I. & John Henry Fox Foundation, the Florence Riford Fund of the San Diego Foundation, Walter and Mary Munk, Jeffrey and Joy Kirsch, and ArtWorks San Diego.
Fleet Science Center | Suds & Science
Join us on Monday, March 6, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:00pm at Stone Liberty Station for a science café focusing on climate change and its effect on food security. Discussants include Alexander Gershunov, research meteorologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Art Miller, researcher for climate, atmospheric science and physical oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Dr. Jennifer Burney, Principal Investigator of the Burney Research Group at UC San Diego; and Lynn Waterhouse, researcher at the Semmens Lab at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. This special Suds & Science edition is in partnership with the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering. See http://www.rhfleet.org/events/suds-science
Birch Aquarium | Perspectives on Ocean Science lecture series
This panel discussion will be on Monday, April 10, 2017 starting at 7:00pm at Birch Aquarium with Weather on Steroids artists Luna Rossel, Oscar Romo, and Dana Montlack; and scientists Richard Somerville, Alexander Gershunov, and Manfredi Manizza; moderated by curator Tatiana Sizonenko.
Fleet Science Center | Sustainability Festival
April 15, 2017 artist Ruth Wallen and
scientist Richard Somerville will make a joint presentation at the Fleet in
Balboa Park between 10:00am and 12:00noon.
The Festival includes public forums on a range of sustainability issues,
including energy resources, drought mitigation, farming techniques, and healthy
Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater
On Saturday, April 15, 2017 SDDT will host an evening performance of Enthalpy of Fusion featuring Anna Katharina Scheidegger. The topic is the climate changing. The performance contains live acts and screenings and focuses on the sublime of nature, the destruction by man, death, the emergence of spirits and souls and ends with a hope for a new beginning. The performance involves creating a human body made of ice which melts over the course of the evening. Audience talk-back following the performance facilitated by Research Meteorologist Alexander Gershunov of Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
On Sunday, April 23, 2017 SDDT will host an evening performance of Requiem for an Ocean, choreography by Jean Isaacs. An evening of climate change dance, embodied by the professional dance company of San Diego Dance Theater. Bodies become waves, as the temperature of the ocean warms to the point of near extinction, set to original sound score by composer Steve Baker. Actress Meagan Marshall contributes a lighter touch to the evening. Audience talk-back following the performance facilitated by Research Oceanographer Art Miller of Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Performances at White Box Live Arts, 2590 Truxton Road, Liberty Station
Vanguard Culture | Climate Change: an Artist, a Scientist, and a Poet
On Tuesday, May 2, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00pm, a fun evening that starts with cocktails and appetizers before poetry readings by Scott T. Starbuck from his books Industrial Oz: Ecopoems and Hawk on Wire: Ecopoems. Then a conversation with artist Allisen Wiese and scientist Michel Boudrias. Vanguard Culture’s Café at Park6, Fir Street and Sixth Avenue, downtown San Diego. http://vanguardculture.com/
The Museum of Making Music | Public Programs with Cheryl Leonard
The Museum of Making Music
5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Sounds from the Sea: An Instrument Building Workshop
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Music in Our Natural World: A Concert and Conversation
Sunday, August 6, 2017
Belle Baranceanu: the La Jolla Murals
June 10 - September 3, 2017
A recent acquisition to
the La Jolla Historical Society’s archival collection, a cartoon of preliminary
drawings used by Belle Baranceanu to create the Seven Arts mural at La Jolla High School in 1939-40 under a New
Deal commission. The mural, done in
fresco, was lost when the building was demolished in 1975. The full-scale
cartoon consists of nine panels and various fragments done in wax pencil on
brown paper. The cartoon panels are the
fullest and most expressive surviving representation of the lost mural by the
hand of the artist. Some of the original
panels will be exhibited and the remainder presented in a scaled photographic
format. The presentation will include
related paintings, sketches, and photographs as well as information about the
conservation of the cartoon. The
exhibition will also present material related to the 1935 Scenic View of the Village, Baranceanu’s mural that survives in
situ at the La Jolla Post Office. Curated
by Jennifer P. Hernandez, Ph.D.
Major support for
this exhibition was provided by Sandy and Dave Erickson with additional
support from Bram and Sandy Dijkstra, Joseph and Linda Marrone, Seonaid
McArthur and Barry Bielinski, Gillian Peoples and Steve Younes, Margie Warner
and John H. Warner Jr., ArtWorks
San Diego, and the
David C. Copley Foundation.
Special thanks to John W. and Kathleen Howard for their donation of the Seven Arts mural cartoon to the La Jolla Historical Society.