"Laura Cunningham: Before California" Opening Reception and Lecture
Every autumn, the David Brower Center's Hazel Wolf Gallery presents the Art/ Act Exhibition, an honor awarded to an artist who achieves a transformative convergence of art and activism. In 2012, the Art/Act honor is for artist, scientist, and pioneer of historical ecology Laura Cunningham. This exhibition aims to highlight the analytical and observational side of science while revealing the artistic beauty in scientific illustration.
This is Cunningham's first solo exhibition, highlighting the cross-disciplinary nature of her work as a naturalist and artist. Featuring striking illustrations of Californian landscapes as they would have looked centuries ago and contemporary photographs of the same landscapes, the exhibit showcases the dramatic impact that human activity has had on California's landscapes. Following a long tradition of naturalists who want us to see and understand the world as they see it, Cunningham envisioned these landscapes through tireless field research and many years spent scouring historical accounts, paleontological findings, and archaeological data. The exhibit also features large-scale sketch murals of local species, ecosystems, and ecological processes, and watercolors of native plants and animals.
Much of the work can be found in Cunningham's 2010 book, "A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California." Described as "A California classic" by the San Francisco Chronicle, A State of Change is Cunningham's compilation of drawings and paintings, personal and scientific observation, and ecological history of California's past.
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Presentation by Laura Cunningham
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Reception/Evening Gallery Viewing
David Brower Center (View)
2150 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
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