The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene

April 27 - July 28, 2019

The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene awakens us to the physical and social effects of the Anthropocene, a much-debated term used to define a new geological epoch shaped by human activity. Structured around ecological issues, the exhibition presents photography, video, and sculpture that address subjects and themes related to raw materials, disasters, consumption, loss, and justice. More than thirty-five international artists, including Sammy Baloji, Liu Bolin, Dana Levy, Mary Mattingly, Pedro Neves Marques, Gabriel Orozco, Trevor Paglen, and Thomas Struth, respond to dire global and local circumstances with resistance and imagination—sustaining an openness, wonder, and curiosity about the world to come.


Nichole Six & Paul Petritsch, Spatial Intervention (1), 2002, color video, running time: 28 minutes. Courtesy of the artists © Bildrecht, Vienna 2017

Gideon Mendel, Adlene Pierre, Savanne Desolée, Gonaïves, Haiti, September 2008, from the Drowning World series, 2008, chromogenic print. Courtesy of the artist and Axis Gallery, New York and New Jersey

Mary Mattingly, Life of Objects, from the House and Universe series, 2013, chromogenic dye coupler print. © Mary Mattingly, courtesy of Robert Mann Gallery, New York

Liu Bolin, Hiding in the City, No. 95, Coal Pile, 2010, chromogenic print. Courtesy of Eli Klein and the artist, © Liu Bolin

Allan Sekula, Shipwreck and Worker, Istanbul, 1998–2000, cibachrome. Harn Museum of Art collection, Museum purchase, gift of Michael A. Singer, 2002.14


Exhibition Timeline

SatApr 27
Exhibition Opens
SunJul 28
Exhibition Closes