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

April 27 - July 28, 2019

EXPLORE SUBJECTS AND THEMES RELATED TO RAW MATERIALS, DISASTERS, CONSUMPTION, LOSS, AND JUSTICE

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.

Read the exhibition press release here.

 

The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene is organized by the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida and curated by Kerry Oliver-Smith, Harn Museum of Art Curator of Contemporary Art. Support for the exhibition is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, UF Office of the Provost, National Endowment for the Arts, C. Frederick and Aase B. Thompson Foundation, Ken and Laura Berns, Daniel and Kathleen Hayman, Ken and Linda  McGurn, Susan Milbrath, an anonymous foundation, UF Center for Humanities and the Public Sphere, UF Office of Research and Robert and Carolyn Thoburn, with additional support from a group of environmentally-minded supporters, the Robert C. and Nancy Magoon Contemporary Exhibition and Publication Endowment, Harn Program Endowment, and the Harn Annual Fund.

Lead support for the local presentation of this exhibition is provided by Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Michigan Medicine, Tom Porter in honor of the Michigan Climate Action Network, the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment, and the University of Michigan Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design and School for Environment and Sustainability. 
 

Images

Nicole Six & Paul Petritsch, Spatial Intervention 1, 2002, color video, running time: 28 minutes. Courtesy of the artists © Bildrecht, Vienna 2019

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

Timeline

Exhibition Timeline

SatApr 27
Exhibition Opens
Sat
Apr 27
Imprint: The World to Come A youth response to the exhibition at UMMA
5:30pm7:00pm
Artists and Curators / Artmaking / Exhibitions Related / Family
Sun
May 5
In Conversation: The World to Come: Art in a Changing Climate
3:00pm4:00pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
May 19
The World to Come & Food: Feeding the World
3:00pm4:00pm
Exhibitions Related
Sun
Jun 2
2019
The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene
2:00pm3:00pm
Gallery Talks and Tours / Exhibitions Related
Sun
Jun 2
2019
The Eco Book Club and The World to Come
3:00pm4:00pm
Exhibitions Related
Sun
Jun 23
2019
The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene
2:00pm3:00pm
Gallery Talks and Tours / Exhibitions Related
Thu
Jun 27
2019
Long Table Discussion: Art / Environment / Sustainability
5:30pm7:00pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related
Thu
Jun 27
2019
Objects in the Round: Public Art Project with Mary Mattingly 
7:00pm10:00pm
Artists and Curators / Artmaking / Exhibitions Related / Family
Fri
Jun 28
2019
Objects in the Round: Public Art Project with Mary Mattingly
5:00pm10:00pm
Artists and Curators / Artmaking / Exhibitions Related / Family
Sat
Jun 29
2019
Objects in the Round: Public Art Project with Mary Mattingly 
5:00pm10:00pm
Artists and Curators / Artmaking / Exhibitions Related / Family / Special Events
Sun
Jun 30
2019
In Conversation: Life and Afterlife of Objects with artist Mary Mattingly and curators Jennifer M. Friess and Amanda Krugliak  
3:00pm4:30pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Jun 30
2019
Objects in the Round: Public Art Project with Mary Mattingly - Closing/Deconstruction/Gathering
5:00pm8:00pm
Artists and Curators / Artmaking / Exhibitions Related / Family / Special Events
Sun
Jul 7
2019
The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene
2:00pm3:00pm
Gallery Talks and Tours / Exhibitions Related
Sun
Jul 14
2019
The World to Come & Food​: Feed Lots and our Industrialized Food System
3:00pm4:00pm
Exhibitions Related
Sun
Jul 28
2019
Cross Pollination: An Art and the Environment Tour
2:00pm3:00pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Jul 28
2019
The Eco Book Club and The World to Come
3:00pm4:00pm
Exhibitions Related
SunJul 28
Exhibition Closes