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Weather or Not, That is the Question

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Kim Abeles, Matthew Albanese, Suzanne Anker, Blane De St. Croix, Sandy Gellis, Nathalie Miebach, Nnenna Okore, and Virginia Wagner

Children’s Museum of the Arts is pleased to announce Weather or Not, That is the Question, an exhibition about the power, mystery, and grandeur of weather and its impact on our environment. From early religious texts, to Farmers’ Almanacs, weather tracking apps, and daily conversation, extreme weather has captivated human interest and conversation. We continue to be awed and intrigued by phenomenon such as record-breaking snowfall, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornados and hurricanes. With the words “global warming” and “climate change” never far from the headlines, artists tie together the scientific and creative worlds in acts of beauty and activism.

Aristotle reasoned that imitation forms the basis of art, and that art imitates nature—some works perhaps more literally than others. In Weather or Not, That is the Question, artists Kim Abeles, Matthew Albanese, Suzanne Anker, Blane De St. Croix, Sandy Gellis, Nathalie Miebach, Nnenna Okore, and Virginia Wagner explore art’s ability to make environmentalism a priority and bring climate initiatives to the forefront of cultural conversations.

Weather—we love to hate it, we love to complain about it, but we also love to love it.

This exhibition is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Also on view

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    In the Bridge Space THE BRIDGE PROJECT: RAINBOW ROOM WITH ATMOSPHERES

    On view in the Bridge Space is Rainbow Room with AtmoSPHERES, an interactive installation by digital mixed media artist Anne Spalter. This installation immerses visitors in an atmospheric space of kaleidoscopic rainbow color and light that they are free to play in and explore. Real-life rainbows pass quickly, but Spalter’s installation harnesses the magic, drama, and enchantment of this weather phenomenon for visitors to investigate on their own.

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    In the Pepperman Family Fine Arts Studio I WISH: THE WISH MACHINE PROJECT

    On view January 31 through March 6, 2017

    I Wish is a project conceived by Chrysanne Stathacos and created in collaboration with CMA museum visitors and Teaching Artists. Installed in the Pepperman Family Fine Art Studio are Stathacos printed wishes calling for peace and compassion marking the 20th anniversary of her interactive art work, the Wish Machine, as well as new wishes from CMA. Please join us by contributing a wish.

    Chrysanne Stathacos explores the connections between ritual actions, technology, feminism, spirituality and the environment. Stathacos practice investigates change, hope, and healing by demonstrating a commitment to social art practice. Stathacos intention is to examine and bring to light the interconnectedness of all human beings. Stathacos has presented more than forty interactive public art projects, installations and exhibitions in Asia, Europe, and South and North America at museums, galleries, sculpture gardens, and public spaces

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    In the Media Lab THE AMBIENT POEM

    The Ambient Poem by Lohren Green is an app that converts data about the atmosphere into a streaming, computer-generated poem that reflects local conditions. It is inspired by our sense of atmosphere, and seeks to translate that into poetry.

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    In the Front Window ERUCTO

    ERUCTO, by Mia Pearlman, is a site-specific installation that uses custom wallpaper based on the forms found in nature like clouds, waves, and geological formations and a cut paper installation evoking a deluge or downpour.

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