Between Life and Land: CrisisArtists include Ackroyd & Harvey, Lani Asunción, Tiana Birrell, Lily Brooks, DesertArtLAB, John Grade, Beth Krensky, Meditation Ocean Constellation, Postcommodity, Gabriela Salazar, and Wendy Wischer.
AboutBetween Life and Land is a three-part exhibition series on display throughout the 2023 calendar year. The exhibition series examines our relationship to land through the lens of more than 30 artists. Each exhibition in the series explores a singular theme to bring a deeper understanding of how this relationship has formed, evolved, and today continues to change.
The works on view in this show tell stories of both trauma and healing, giving emotional immediacy to scientific data and global environmental crises. Here, artists find hope in participatory engagement, education, and mindfulness. The exhibition features a strong presentation of video work, a medium that is particularly well-suited to telling the kinds of stories that these artists want to share.
In the third chapter of Between Life and Land, 13 artists respond to our new ecological realities, among them a rapidly changing climate, mass species extinction, toxicity, and desertification.
The exhibition series, Between Life and Land, examines our relationship to land through the lens of more than 30 artists. Each exhibition in the series explores a singular theme to bring a deeper understanding of how this relationship has formed, evolved, and today continues to change.
Over the past two centuries, human industry has fundamentally altered the planet, threatening the tenability of life on Earth. In the third chapter of Between Life and Land, 13 artists respond to our new ecological realities, among them a rapidly changing climate, mass species extinction, toxicity, and desertification. Confronting the ways in which our relationship with the natural world has eroded over time, their work advocates for a socially just and sustainable future, and reminds us of our collective responsibility for change.
These artists, often adding impactful narratives and emotional presence to scientific data, give immediacy to our global environmental crises. They share stories of both trauma and healing, finding hope in participatory engagement, education, and mindfulness. During this critical moment in human history, their works facilitate public reflection and dialogue and demonstrate the key role that art plays in mobilizing communities to transform our present and preserve our future.
Between Life and Land: CRISIS is the third and final chapter in a year-long series of exhibitions exploring our relationship to land. The first chapter, MATERIAL, celebrated the legacies of land artists Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt alongside eight contemporary artists who continue to employ earthen materials as a means of exploring our connection to place, time, and the larger cosmos. The second chapter, IDENTITY, examined the bonds between people and places, asking us to consider the role that human identity plays in shaping the environments we call home.
For Immediate Release
Kimball Art Center Announces Between Life and Land: Crisis Opening Friday, July 21
Between Life and Land: Crisis is the third and final chapter in a year-long series of exhibitions exploring our relationship to land.
Park City, Utah, July 18, 2023 – Kimball Art Center announces the opening of Between Life and Land: Crisis featuring the work of more than ten artists responding to pressing social and ecological realities. Utah-based artists Tiana Birrell and Wendy Wischer will attend the opening reception on July 21 at 5:00 p.m. attendees will enjoy a cash bar, complimentary light bites, and a DJ; local environmental non-profit organizations will be on-site.
The third chapter of Between Life and Land, a group exhibition that includes the work of more than ten artists and artist collectives, responds to our new ecological realities, among them a rapidly changing climate, mass species extinction, toxicity, and desertification. These artists, often adding impactful narratives and emotional presence to scientific data, give immediacy to our global environmental crises. Artists include Ackroyd & Harvey, Lani Asuncion, Tiana Birrell, Lily Brooks, Desert ArtLAB, John Grade, Beth Krensky, Meditation Ocean Constellation, Postcommodity, Gabriela Salazar, and Wendy Wischer.
“Confronting the ways in which our relationship with the natural world has eroded over time, the work displayed in this exhibition advocates for a socially just and sustainable future and reminds us of our collective responsibility for change,” explains Nancy Stoaks, Kimball Art Center Curator.
Between Life and Land: Crisis remains on display through October 29. Exhibition programming to include Art Talks, Book Club Discussions and Art Performances are scheduled:
- August 20, 11 a.m.: What’s So Special About Quaking Aspen? with Paul Rogers, Director of the Western Aspen Alliance
- September 28, 6 p.m.: Book discussion of Terry Tempest Williams’ Erosion: Essays of Undoing
- October 28, 6pm: Binakol Blessing | Tabi Tabi Po: A Performance and Discussion by Lani Asunción
“We’re incredibly proud of how Between Life and Land as a series has educated and connected our visitors over the last nine months,” shared Kimball Art Center Executive Director Aldy Milliken. “This show, while examining our role in history, simultaneously previews how Kimball Art Center looks to serve the community into the future; a hub for dialogue, a destination for connection, and a center for impact.
Kimball Art Center exhibitions are supported by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, National Endowment for the Arts, Summit County RAP Tax, Summit County Restaurant Tax, Utah Office of Tourism, Tomilee Tilley Foundation and George S. and the Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation.
About the Kimball Art Center
Kimball Art Center (KAC) provides international quality art exhibitions and dynamic educational opportunities for the citizens of Park City, Summit County, Wasatch County, and the region’s many visitors. Through its educational programs, KAC introduces visitors to the artistic process and gives insight into the many layers of creativity with its exhibition and event programs. Art is a catalyst for growth that allows an outlet for reflection, fosters new ways of thinking, and encourages compassion and connection. Kimball Art Center is committed to the fundamental American principles of expression and open engagement.
Art is a universal language that provides an opportunity for cross-cultural dialogue. We see our role as a vital component of civic life for residents in our area and serve as a stimulant for creativity and community dialogue aiming to energize Park City’s vibrant arts community. Founded in 1976 by Bill Kimball, the Kimball Art Center is one of the region’s oldest creative non-profit organizations.
Visiting the Exhibition
Our international quality art exhibitions are a catalyst for growth and an outlet for reflection fostering new ways of thinking and encouraging compassion.
Exhibition interactives, developed by our education department in partnership with our curatorial team and exhibiting artists, encourage visitors to creatively engage with and reflect on the exhibition themes, ideas, questions, and artists’ materials and artistic processes. These exercises break down theories and techniques that can be complex into something fun and engaging for people of all ages.
Visitors looking for more hands-on art experiences should explore upcoming classes and workshops.
It takes all of us to make a change! Using recycled materials and community input, this game is a life size way to reflect/contribute/add/pretend/create while contemplating human relationship to land and positive and negative environmental impacts.
Kimball Art Center supplements our exhibitions with a variety of free and low-cost programming to expand on the work presented in our galleries. This includes community receptions, panel discussions, book clubs, artist critiques, and more.
If you enjoy deeper discussions about art or desire a more intimate dialogue, please consider joining us for any of our upcoming exhibition programming.