The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene

April 27 - July 28, 2019

EXPLORE SUBJECTS AND THEMES RELATED TO RAW MATERIALS, DISASTERS, CONSUMPTION, LOSS, AND JUSTICE

The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene awakens us to the physical and social effects of the Anthropocene, a much-debated term used to define a new geological epoch shaped by human activity. Structured around ecological issues, the exhibition presents photography, video, and sculpture that address subjects and themes related to raw materials, disasters, consumption, loss, and justice. More than thirty-five international artists, including Sammy Baloji, Liu Bolin, Dana Levy, Mary Mattingly, Pedro Neves Marques, Gabriel Orozco, Trevor Paglen, and Thomas Struth, respond to dire global and local circumstances with resistance and imagination—sustaining an openness, wonder, and curiosity about the world to come.

Read the exhibition press release here.

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ARTIST RESIDENCY WITH MARY MATTINGLY
UMMA and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival welcome artist Mary Mattingly to Ann Arbor for a 3-day residency, June 27–June 30. Mattingly, whose photograph, Life of Objects, is featured in UMMA’s exhibition The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene, is deeply concerned with our relationships to objects—where they come from, where they go, their implications for humans, and their impact on the environment. Join the artist for a variety of interactive workshops and discussion-based programs during her residency.

Objects in the Round
Thursday, June 27 - Opening 7–10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, June 28 & 29 - Workshops and Construction 5–10 p.m.
Sunday, June 30 - Closing/Deconstruction 5–8 p.m.
Annex tent at Top of the Park on Ingalls Mall at 915 E. Washington St.

Mattingly will lead a large-scale collaborative public art project over three evenings. Come build a miniature landscape with Mattingly and other festival goers and explore your own relationship to objects, built landscapes, and habits of consumption. Bring a household item or object you are willing to part with to contribute to the project. Objects in the Round is an exclusive opportunity for every generation to engage with arts and ecology.
Sunday, June 30, 5–8 p.m. Mattingly will deconstruct the installation. Following the deconstruction, join the artist in the Grove for a gathering.

Long Table Discussion: Art / Environment / Sustainability
Thursday, June 27, 5:30 p.m.
Annex tent at Top of the Park

To kick off her residency, Mattingly will be joined by thought leaders from the U-M and beyond for a discussion about the possibilities and challenges for artists and arts organizations creating and presenting artwork that explores sustainability and the environment. The Long Table format was born from the director and scholar Lois Weaver’s exercise around participation and public engagement. The aim is to foster civic-minded discussions about ideas and questions surrounding the city's creative culture. It’s a dinner table atmosphere encouraging participants to ask questions, make statements, leave comments, or openly sit, listen, and watch.

In Conversation: Life and Afterlife of Objects with Mary Mattingly and curators Jennifer M. Friess and Amanda Krugliak
Sunday, June 30, 3–4:30 p.m.
University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 S. State Street, Ann Arbor

This program is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Please click here to register.

Artist Mary Mattingly is deeply concerned with our relationships to objects—where they come from, where they go, their implications for humans, and their impact on the environment. Mattingly asks us to consider how consumerist societies enact histories of exploitation in the creation of objects, by mapping complex supply chains from mineral mines to store shelves.

Returning to Michigan after a 2016 residency and exhibition at the U-M Institute for Humanities, during which she travelled to the Upper Peninsula’s cobalt mines, engaged U-M students (including UMMA’s Student Engagement Council) in tracing source materials, and surfaced stories to create a time capsule, Mattingly will share how Michigan continues to inform her work. Join Mattingly, along with Jennifer M. Friess, UMMA Assistant Curator of Photography, and Amanda Krugliak, Arts Curator at the U-M Institute for the Humanities for a look in the gallery, followed by a discussion of the complex terrain Mattingly’s artistic practice explores.

Immediately following this UMMA program, Mattingly and the public will disassemble the project from 5–7 p.m. For more information visit https://a2sf.org/. Stop by the Institute for the Humanities, 202 S. Thayer, to see the time capsule from Mattingly’s 2016 residency on your way to Top of the Park.

Mary Mattingly’s residency is presented in partnership with the Ann Arbor Summer Festival’s Festival Footprint Initiative established with generous support from Toyota.

 

The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene is organized by the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida and curated by Kerry Oliver-Smith, Harn Museum of Art Curator of Contemporary Art. Support for the exhibition is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, UF Office of the Provost, National Endowment for the Arts, C. Frederick and Aase B. Thompson Foundation, Ken and Laura Berns, Daniel and Kathleen Hayman, Ken and Linda  McGurn, Susan Milbrath, an anonymous foundation, UF Center for Humanities and the Public Sphere, UF Office of Research and Robert and Carolyn Thoburn, with additional support from a group of environmentally-minded supporters, the Robert C. and Nancy Magoon Contemporary Exhibition and Publication Endowment, Harn Program Endowment, and the Harn Annual Fund.

Lead support for the local presentation of this exhibition is provided by Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Michigan Medicine, Tom Porter in honor of the Michigan Climate Action Network, the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment, and the University of Michigan Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design and School for Environment and Sustainability. 

Images

Nicole Six & Paul Petritsch, Spatial Intervention 1, 2002, color video, running time: 28 minutes. Courtesy of the artists © Bildrecht, Vienna 2019

Gideon Mendel, Adlene Pierre, Savanne Desolée, Gonaïves, Haiti, September 2008, from the Drowning World series, 2008, chromogenic print. Courtesy of the artist and Axis Gallery, New York and New Jersey
 

Mary Mattingly, Life of Objects, from the House and Universe series, 2013, chromogenic dye coupler print. © Mary Mattingly, courtesy of Robert Mann Gallery, New York

Liu Bolin, Hiding in the City, No. 95, Coal Pile, 2010, chromogenic print. Courtesy of Eli Klein and the artist, © Liu Bolin
 

Allan Sekula, Shipwreck and Worker, Istanbul, 1998–2000, cibachrome. Harn Museum of Art collection, Museum purchase, gift of Michael A. Singer, 2002.14

Timeline

Exhibition Timeline

SatApr 27
Exhibition Opens
Sat
Apr 27
2019
Imprint: The World to Come A youth response to the upcoming exhibition at UMMA
5:30pm7:00pm
Artists and Curators / Artmaking / Exhibitions Related / Family
Sun
May 5
2019
In Conversation: The World to Come: Art in a Changing Climate
3:00pm4:00pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
May 19
2019
The World to Come & Food: Feeding the World
3:00pm4:00pm
Exhibitions Related
Sun
Jun 2
2019
The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene
2:00pm3:00pm
Gallery Talks and Tours / Exhibitions Related
Sun
Jun 2
2019
The Eco Book Club and The World to Come
3:00pm4:00pm
Exhibitions Related
Sun
Jun 23
2019
The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene
2:00pm3:00pm
Gallery Talks and Tours / Exhibitions Related
Thu
Jun 27
2019
Long Table Discussion: Art / Environment / Sustainability
5:30pm7:00pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related
Thu
Jun 27
2019
Objects in the Round: Public Art Project with Mary Mattingly 
7:00pm10:00pm
Artists and Curators / Artmaking / Exhibitions Related / Family
Fri
Jun 28
2019
Objects in the Round: Public Art Project with Mary Mattingly
5:00pm10:00pm
Artists and Curators / Artmaking / Exhibitions Related / Family
Sat
Jun 29
2019
Objects in the Round: Public Art Project with Mary Mattingly 
5:00pm10:00pm
Artists and Curators / Artmaking / Exhibitions Related / Family / Special Events
Sun
Jun 30
2019
In Conversation: Life and Afterlife of Objects with artist Mary Mattingly and curators Jennifer M. Friess and Amanda Krugliak  
3:00pm4:30pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Jun 30
2019
Objects in the Round: Public Art Project with Mary Mattingly - Closing/Deconstruction/Gathering
5:00pm8:00pm
Artists and Curators / Artmaking / Exhibitions Related / Family / Special Events
Sun
Jul 14
2019
The World to Come & Food​: Feed Lots and our Industrialized Food System
3:00pm4:00pm
Exhibitions Related
Sun
Jul 28
2019
The Eco Book Club and The World to Come
3:00pm4:00pm
Exhibitions Related
SunJul 28
Exhibition Closes