Beyond Green: Toward a Sustainable Art

Beyond Green: Toward a Sustainable Art

Curated by Stephanie Smith

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.

The exhibition, curated by Stephanie Smith, director of collections and exhibitions and curator of contemporary art at the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, is accompanied by a 160-page illustrated catalogue (with artists’ texts and interviews, as well as essays by Smith and by design historian Victor Margolin) and a podcast.

Free Soil (Amy Franceschini, Myriel Milicevic, Nis Rømer), F.R.U.I.T., 2005


Allora & Calzadilla, Free Soil (Amy Franceschini, Myriel Milicevic, & Nis Rømer), JAM (Jane Palmer & Marianne Fairbanks), Learning Group (Brett Bloom, Julio Castro, Rikke Luther, & Cecelia Wendt), Brennan McGaffey & Temporary Services, Nils Norman, People Powered, Dan Peterman, Marjetica Potrc, Michael Rakowitz, Frances Whitehead, WochenKlausur, Andrea Zittel

Additional Images

Allora & Calzadilla, Under Discussion, 2004-05

Michael Rakowitz, paraSITE (Bill S.), 1998

Touring Schedule

The DeVos Art Museum, Northern Michigan University

Marquette, Michigan
January 19, 2009 - March 30, 2009

The Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art, Lewis & Clark College

Portland, Oregon
September 11, 2008 - December 12, 2008

Joseloff Gallery, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford

Hartford, Connecticut
April 4, 2008 - June 10, 2008

Museum London

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

Richard E. Peeler Art Center, DePauw University

Greencastle, Indiana
September 14, 2007 - December 2, 2007

Contemporary Arts Center

Cincinnati, Ohio
May 5, 2007 - July 15, 2007

Smith College Museum of Art

Northampton, Massachusetts
February 2, 2007 - April 15, 2007

University Art Museum, California State University Long Beach

Long Beach, California
November 1, 2006 - December 17, 2006

Museum of Arts & Design

New York, New York
February 2, 2006 - May 7, 2006

Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
October 6, 2005 - January 15, 2006

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