The Aldrich and Western Connecticut State University Partner to Present Weather Report Symposium

The Aldrich Announces Weather Report: A Symposium on Art and Weather on Saturday, October 19 from 11 am to 5 pm at the Ives Concert Hall

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is pleased to partner with Western Connecticut State University to present Weather Report: A Symposium on Art and Weather on Saturday, October 19 from 11 am to 5 pm at the Ives Concert Hall at Western Connecticut State University. This event is free, but pre-registration is required at wcsu.edu/artweather.

The symposium is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Weather Report, which will be on view at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum October 6, 2019, to March 29, 2020. Weather Report presents a group of diverse international artists who reference weather in provocative ways through sculpture, drawing, painting, installation, and video. Works of art will manifest phenomena such as clouds, wind, rain, snow, temperature extremes, storms, and visibility, while individual works will approach subjects that include climate change, the emotional effects of weather, the relationship between the atmosphere and the earth’s oceans, weather as a metaphor for turmoil and change, and weather’s impact on history and politics.

The Museum, in partnership with the Western Connecticut State University Meteorology Club, Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences Meteorology program, School of Visual and Performing Arts Department of Art, and the New York City/Long Island Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, has organized a one-day cross-disciplinary symposium investigating the intersection of art and weather. This event will have a morning and afternoon session. Lunch will be available for purchase from WCSU’s Student Center Cafeteria. 
  Weather Report: A Symposium on Art and Weather on Saturday, October 19, 2019, 11 am to 5 pm

Free/All are welcome

A diverse range of speakers will present on topics relating to art and weather. Noted WCBS 880 chief radio meteorologist Craig Allen will present on his experience reporting on weather and emcee the event. Forest Management Researcher Amanda Bunce, who is part of UConn’s Stormwise program, studies tree-related storm damage to power lines will be collecting data from a tree sited in The Aldrich’s Sculpture Garden and presenting that data in the Weather Report exhibition with the help of UConn’s Digital Experience Lab. Todd Forrest is the Arthur Ross Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections at the New York Botanical Garden and an advocate for historic trees and forests in urban landscapes and public gardens. Richard Klein organized Weather Report and is The Aldrich’s Exhibitions Director and will discuss the experience of organizing this interdisciplinary exhibition and program. Artist Kim Keever, formerly a thermal engineer primarily working on NASA projects, has become well-known for his large-scale photographic works. Colin McMullan’s artwork touches on environmentalism, New England history and land use, community organizing, and political activism. Pat Pickett has been engaged in a long-running experimental drawing project expressing the interaction between the force of the wind and plants. All three artists are exhibiting in Weather Report.


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