Third Coast Disrupted: Artists + Scientists on Climate

N. Masani Landfair

“Breathing to the Next Breath”
10 x 10 feet
For Third Coast Disrupted: Artists + Scientists on Climate.

Third Coast Disrupted: Artists + Scientists on Climate 
September 8 – February 19, 2021

Gallery hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Capacity of gallery is 10 visitors and masks are required.
The Gallery will be CLOSED in observance of Winter Break from December 21-January 11, 2021

Third Coast Disrupted: Artists + Scientists on Climate is an exhibition of newly commissioned artworks culminating a yearlong conversation between artists and scientists centered on climate change impacts and solutions in the Chicago region.

Through science-inspired sculpture, painting, collage and more, the artworks examine local impacts — happening here and now — ranging from extreme heat to flooding to habitat loss, and more. They also shine light on local solutions underway, like “cool roofs,” nature-based approaches to slowing stormwater, and backyard habitat restoration. Some imagine future possibilities. 

Third Coast Disrupted is based on the notion that art can connect and engage with people on an emotional level. It can pique curiosity, be unexpected, tactile, interactive, evocative, and memorable. It can slow people down, inspire them to reflect, move them to talk to each other — and spur them to act.

Curatorial Team: Project Director & Lead Curator, Christine Esposito; Science Curator, Liam Heneghan; Art Curator, Lisa Roberts; Senior Consultant, Meg Duguid

Participating artists: Jeremy Bolen, Barbara Cooper, Hector Duarte, Rosemary Holliday Hall, N. Masani Landfair, Meredith Leich, Andrew S. Yang

Participating scientists: Elena Grossman, MPH; Daniel Horton, Ph.D.; Abigail Derby Lewis, Ph.D.; Aaron Packman, Ph.D.; Katherine Moore Powell, Ph.D.; Desi Robertson-Thompson, Ph.D.; Phil Willink, Ph.D.

Breathing (silent invasion). Photographs of the flooded basement, cut up and reassembled into an abstract form that follows the shape of the water stain on the found piece of wood. Conveys the idea of the stain of black mold growing, distorting invisibly in the walls of your home. Looks normal on the outside but inside, this stain that’s affecting or will affect your life in so many ways.

Breath (healing).  Conveying the artist’s efforts to reorganize her life and heal after prolonged mold exposure. Images of mold and actual mold spores (sealed in clear gel for safety) pervade the piece. At the center, an image of mold spores, mirroring the images of mold encircling the wood collages. On either side of that, actual mold spores. The white, clinical effect achieved with medical tape and the backs of torn-up water-damaged posters. The red line representing lifeline, blood, living, breathing.

To the next (acceptance). A smaller version of the large mold image that encircles the three collages. At the center, a photo of the artist’s flooded basement floor with the reflection of a sunlit basement window on the water. The red lines again reference breathing, lifeblood.

“Climate change is not an equal-opportunity crisis. Though it affects everyone, it hits low-income communities and communities of color hardest. Vulnerabilities stemming from systemic racism create harmful conditions, such as poor air and water quality. Climate change magnifies these threats.
The wetter weather of our changing climate wreaks havoc on Chicago’s communities by worsening flooding in them.
N. Masani Landfair knows this reality intimately. Breathing to the Next Breath reflects her personal experiences with living in a chronically flooded home on the South Side. She relates the mental and physical tolls through a series of found-object collages, especially examining the insidiousness of mold and its lingering effects on home and health.”

Third Coast Disrupted: Artists + Scientists on Climate is in process to travel to exhibit at other venues in the near future. I will post updates here.

Third Coast Disrupted: Artists + Scientists on Climate 
September 8 – February 19, 2021

Hear the artists discuss their works and the scientists give context for them here.

Glass Curtain Gallery Webcam
Please use the window below for a live view of the gallery. Click on the blue arrows at the bottom of the window to change the camera view.

Note: All programming for Third Coast Disrupted will take place online. 
Click here for full program descriptions.

Wednesday, September 16, 7 – 8 pm 
Katharine Hayhoe: Connecting Global Change to Local Impacts & Solutions
Katharine Hayhoe, Climate Scientist, Texas Tech University 
Watch a recording of the program here

Thursday, September 17, 8 – 9 am
The Art of Communicating Climate: A Conversation
Katharine Hayhoe, Climate Scientist, Texas Tech University
Mika Tosca, Climate Scientist, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Christine Esposito, Project Director & Lead Curator of Third Coast Disrupted and Founder, Terracom – Moderator. Sponsored by Openlands.
Watch a recording of the program here

Thursday, October 1, 6:30 – 7:30 pm 
Water, Water Everywhere: First-person Flooding, Impact & Action 
Elena Grossman, Program Director, BRACE-Illinois, and Third Coast Disrupted scientist
N. Masani Landfair, Third Coast Disrupted Artist
Daniella Pereira, Vice President of Community Conservation, Openlands
Debra Shore,Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
This program is part of Chicago Water Week.
Watch a recording of the program here

Thursday, October 8, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Avian Effects: Climate Change and Birds
Forrest Cortes, Director of Community Engagement, The Nature Conservancy in Illinois
Peggy Macnamara, Artist/Professor/Author, Field Museum and School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Doug Stotz, Senior Conservation Ecologist, Keller Science Action Center, Field Museum
Watch a recording of the program here

Thursday, October 22, 6:30 – 7:30 pm 
Getting Around Carbon: New Looks at Transportation Options
Melody Geraci, Deputy Executive Director, Active Transportation Alliance
Daniel Horton, Lead Researcher, Climate Change Research Group, Northwestern University, and Third Coast Disrupted scientist Andrew S. Yang, Associate Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Third Coast Disrupted artist
Sponsored by the Illinois Science & Energy Innovation Foundation

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