Events at Reed

March 29, 2016

Artist Talk: Alan Sonfist, "Natural History"

Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., Eliot Hall chapel

Alan Sonfist (b. 1946, Bronx, New York) is among the first generation of 1960’s artists who began to explore the natural environment as both the site of, and the material for, creative practice. Sonfist is perhaps best known for his 1978 project Time Landscape, a handcrafted New York City park located at the corner of Houston Street and La Guardia Place in Greenwich Village. In Time Landscape Sonfist researched, cultivated, and planted a park of indigenous foliage that grew on Manhattan island prior to European settlement. Conceived in 1965 but executed in 1978, Time Landscape’s evolving, open-ended interaction with New York’s bustling urbanism epitomizes the artist’s attention to the evolving and contingent dynamics motivating our understanding of the natural world.

The Alan Sonfist: Natural History exhibition is curated by Robert Slifkin, Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and Stephanie Snyder, John and Anne Hauberg Curator and Director, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, with Assistant Curator Allison Tepper, Curatorial Project Assistant, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. The artist talk will be followed by a reception at the Cooley Gallery celebrating Alan Sonfist: Natural History, and Portland artist Malia Jensen's Case Works installation: Object Lessons. More information about the exhibition can be found at the Cooley Gallery's website.

Image: Alan Sonfist, Chance Tiger Kill, 1972–73, Black-and-white photograph, performance documentation. © Alan Sonfist.

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