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Human / Nature: Art and the Environment

A special partnership of Nurture New York's Nature, The Nature Conservancy, New York City Audubon and ecoartspace recently held their first collaborative public event in New York City.

Human/Nature: Art and the Environment was held at The Carriage House on November 16th, 2004. Attendance for the event was over 200 people. The event was enthusiastically received by a broad cross-section of art world insiders, environmentalists and nature lovers, as well as the interested general public.

The event featured the work of artist Alexis Rockman and featured a full-scale, 24-foot reproduction of Manifest Destiny was on display at The Carriage House for the event and will remain on view through February.

Click here to view a gallery of photos from the event.

Theodore Kheel, President of Nurture New York's Nature opened the discussion by introducing the speakers. Mark Cane, G.Unger Vetlesen Professor of Earth and Climate Sciences at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, presented a basic explanation of climate change, explaining the causes and effects of global warming and what we might expect as a future case scenario.

Artist Alexis Rockman spoke eloquently about his artwork including his new painting, Manifest Destiny that eerily depicts the Brooklyn shoreline 3000 years in the future after the catastrophic effects of global warming have submerged the city. The final speaker was Helen Molesworth, the Senior Curator at The Wexner Center of the Arts in Columbus Ohio where Rockman is currently exhibiting. Molesworth spoke about the ways in which Manifest Destiny was able to speak to our more dark and irrational side through the use of Rockman's vivid imagination. Her discussion helped to emphasize the potential role that art can play in bringing important environmental issues to the attention of a wider audience. This is one of the aims of the overall Human/Nature series collaboration.

Alexis Rockman signed copies of his new catalogue from the Brooklyn Museum and also signed a special limited edition of Manifest Destiny posters that were produced in conjunction with the event.

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