Featuring Ursula Biemann and Paulo Tavares, Carolina Caycedo, Olga Kisseleva, Nicholas Mangan, Otobong Nkanga, Robert Zhao Renhui, Andrea Polli, Amie Siegel, and Melanie Smith
SPECIAL EVENTS ON OPENING NIGHT:
6 pm artist talk with Ursula Biemann
7:30 pm performance by Carolina Caycedo
The exhibition Beyond 2° presents a range of global artistic perspectives on the environmental and social effects of natural resource exploitation. The title, while referencing the amount of temperature raise above which the risks of global warming become severe, alludes to the impacts of environmentally destructive industries and activities on the communities within which they operate. The artists, each with a strong research-based practice, investigate a range of anthropogenic activities—large-scale infrastructural projects including open-pit mining, rubber tree farming, and hydroelectric dams—that affect local ecologies.
In multidisciplinary and collaborative projects, the artists bring attention to the social, political, and cultural implications and responses involved in natural resource-based operations. Their works call to question the many forces and systems, however subtle or blatant, that influence our relationship to landscape, and perception of its value.
Curated by Brooke Kellaway, MCASB Associate Curator
Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) exhibition and education programs are generously supported by Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center, the National Endowment for the Arts; Nordstrom; Towbes Foundation; Ann Jackson Family Foundation; Community Events & Festivals Grant Program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission; Mosher Foundation in honor of Barry Berkus, recommended by Dr. Bruce McFadden; High Tide Foundation, Andrea Lang Fund, and contributions from our Board of Trustees and many generous individuals. MCASB Curator's Council is gratefully acknowledged for their support. Additional significant support is provided by The James Irvine Foundation; Getty Foundation; Hutton Parker Foundation; Williams-Corbett Foundation, and Santa Barbara Foundation.
Special thanks to: KEYT, KSBY, Santa Barbara Independent, and Telegraph Brewing Company.