Imaging a Shattering Earth: Contemporary Photography and the Environmental Debate
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Events held in conjunction with the Brunnier Art Museum showing:

Unless otherwise noted, all events scheduled from November 1, 2008, through March 1, 2009, take place at the Brunnier Art Museum, Iowa State University, 295 Scheman Building, Ames, Iowa 50011-1110, (515) 294-3342.

Admission is free.

Program co-sponsored by the Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities, Iowa State University.

Saturday, November 8, 2008, 2 p.m.: Public tour of exhibition with Claude Baillargeon, Exhibition Curator.

Sunday, November 9, 2008, 2 p.m.: "The Photography of Poisoned Ecologies," lecture by Claude Baillargeon, Exhibition Curator, followed by opening reception.

Saturday and Sunday, December 13-14, 2008, 1-4 p.m.: Family Favorites @ The Brunnier Art Museum - Imaging a Shattering Earth.

Sunday, February 8, 2009, 2 p.m.: "Wasteland: Meditations on a Ravaged Landscape," gallery talk featuring Imaging a Shattering Earth photographer David T. Hanson.

Monday, February 9, 2009, 1 p.m.: Sun Room, Memorial Union: The Artist as Environmental Activist, panel featuring Annick Smith, writer, editor, and filmmaker, David T. Hanson, photographer, Shannon Ramsey, President, CEO, and co-founder of Trees Forever, and Clark Wolf, Director of Bioethics, Iowa State University. Part of Ecotones: Ecologyies in Tension, the 5th Annual Symposium on Wildness, Wilderness, & the Creative Imagination, Iowa State University, February 8–9, 2009.


Events held in conjunction with the National Gallery of Canada showing:

Bilingual presentation with French insert for the exhibition catalogue published by the National Gallery of Canada under the title Regard sur un monde en perdition. La photographie contemporaine et le débat environnemental.

All events scheduled from June 27 through October 13, 2008, take place at the National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 9N4, (613) 990-1985.

Admission with ticket for NGC Permanent Collection.

Thursday, June 26, 2008, 10 a.m.: Media preview.

Friday, June 27, 2008, 12:15 p.m.: Public tour of exhibition, in English, with Claude Baillargeon, Exhibition Curator. Listen to English podcast.

Friday, June 27, 2008, 14:00 p.m.: Public tour of exhibition, in French, with Claude Baillargeon, Exhibition Curator. Listen to French podcast.


Events held in conjunction with the Dalhousie Art Gallery showing:

All events scheduled from January 11 through February 25, 2007, take place at the Dalhousie Art Gallery, Dalhousie University, 6101 University Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 3J5, (902) 494-2403.

Admission is free.

Thursday, January 11, 2007, 8 p.m.: Opening reception.

Friday, February 2, 2007, 8 p.m.: Traumatic Landscape, an evening of short videos by contemporary Canadian artists on the theme Traumatic Landscape, curated and presented by the Centre for Art Tapes Programming Committee.

Saturday, February 3, 2007, 2 p.m.: Art, Agency, and Activism, symposium featuring artists, activists, and art historian/critics that question and elucidate the role of art in advocating social and environmental causes. Open forum. Refreshments.

Sunday, February 4, 2007, 2 p.m.: Public tour of exhibition with Claude Baillargeon, Exhibition Curator.

Film series held at the Dalhousie Art Gallery:

Unexpected Outcomes: Cinema and the Environment, film program curated by Halifax film critic and writer Ronald Foley Macdonald, who is usually available for discussion and questions following each evening screening. In this selection of dramas, documentaries and animated films, the environment plays a central role, and human interaction with that environment often leads to unexpected outcomes.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 12:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.: The Red Desert, Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy, 1964, color, 118 minutes. Industrial Northern Italy is the setting for Antonioni's first color film. The Red Desert stars Monica Vitti as a mentally unstable woman alienated by extraordinarily ruined landscapes; the ennui and spiritual desolation of the film's characters mirrors the toll taken by belching smokestacks and toxic spills.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007, 12:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.: When The Wind Blows, Jimmy Murakami, Britain, 1987, 80 minutes. In this deeply affecting animated film adapted from Raymond Briggs's cartoon book (with music by David Bowie and Roger Waters), a charmingly reserved British couple try to cope with the nuclear disaster unfolding around them. The result is a modern fable that is wholly devastating.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007, 12:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.: The Plow That Breaks the Plains and The River, Pare Lorenz, USA, 1936 and 1937, black and white, 30 minutes each. Visionary American documentarian Pare Lorenz made these ground-breaking non-fiction films in the 1930s in response to the dust-bowl conditions during the Depression. Using an epic style driven by Virgil Thompson's extraordinary music, the films reveal an environmental sensitivity long before it was fashionable.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007, 12:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.: Toads: An Unnatural History, Mark Lewis, Australia, 1987, 48 minutes. The hilarious and disturbing story of how poisonous Hawaiian Cane Toads were imported to Australia to control beetles, and how they ignored the beetles and ate everything else. A cautionary environmental tale of extraordinary proportions (the giant amphibians get used as a source of aphrodisiacs and psychedelics), this film must be seen to be believed.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007, 12:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.: Dodes'Ka-Den, Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1970, 140 minutes. The legendary Japanese filmmaker's first color film is a poignant and disturbing portrait of families living in a contemporary garbage dump, some of whom are literally driven mad by modern life. In a thoroughly disposable culture, Kurosawa's characters have themselves been thrown away.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 12:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.: Rivers and Tides, Thomas Riedelsheimer, Finland/Germany, 2001, 90 minutes. Partly shot in Nova Scotia, Rivers and Tides documents a more positive relationship to the natural environment through the work of Scottish-based artist Andy Goldsworthy. His landscape installations use ephemeral elements such as ice, leaves, and driftwood that eventually return to a natural state.


Events held in conjunction with Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art showing:

Unless otherwise noted, all events scheduled from April 29 through May 28, 2006, take place at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), 952 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6J 1G8, (416) 395-7430.

Admission is free.

Saturday, April 29, 2006, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m: First day to view Imaging a Shattering Earth at MOCCA.

Friday, May 5, 2006, 7 p.m.: Opening reception.

Saturday, May 6, 2006, 1 p.m.: Tour of exhibition with Claude Baillargeon, Exhibition Curator.

Sunday, May 14, 2006, 11 a.m., Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West, Toronto: Imaging a Global Culture, panel featuring Claude Baillargeon, Assistant Professor of Art and Art History, Oakland University; Michel Mallard, Creative Director, Curator and Photographer, Michel Mallard Studio, Paris; Wim Melis, Curator, Noorderlicht Photography Festival, Groningen, the Netherlands; Alasdair Foster, Director, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, Australia; and Celina Lunsford, Director, Fotographie Forum International, Germany. $10 General $8 Student & Senior. Tickets available at the door from 10:30 a.m, (416) 531-5042 ext. 230.


Events held in conjunction with Meadow Brook Art Gallery showing:

All events scheduled from October 29 through December 18, 2005, take place at the Meadow Brook Art Gallery, Oakland University, 208 Wilson Hall, Rochester, Michigan 48309-4401, (248) 370-3005.

Admission is free.

Saturday, October 29, 2005, 6 - 8 p.m.: Opening reception and launch of exhibition Web site, Meadow Brook Art Gallery, Oakland University.

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005, 7 p.m.: Department of Art and Art History Braun lecture, "In Glory's Wake - China's Industrial Revolution," by Edward Burtynsky, Canada's premier environmental photographer.

Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005, 2 p.m.: Photography and Environmental Activism, panel featuring photographers David T. Hanson and John Ganis, together with Leigh Fifelski, Regional Conservation Director of the Oakland County Sierra Club, and Claude Baillargeon, Exhibition Curator and Assistant Professor of Art and Art History, Oakland University.

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005, 7 p.m.: Environmental Quality Forum featuring "What Do We Owe the Future?" by Bryan Norton, Professor of Philosophy in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology; "GM Crops as a Failed Case of Environmental Activism" by Paul Thompson, W. K. Kellogg Chair in Food, Agricultural and Community Ethics, Michigan State University; and "Public Policy and the Perception of Incremental Environmental Change" by Clark Wolf, Director of the Bioethics Program at Iowa State University. Panel moderated by Mark Rigstad, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Oakland University.

Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005, 2 p.m.: Art, Rhetoric, and Environmental Discourse, an Honors College Student Symposium featuring research projects from Claude Baillargeon's HC 201 Imaging a Shattering World: Art, Public Health, and the Environmental Debate and Margaret Pigott's HC 204 Trash, Truth, or Propaganda: A Look at America's Environmental Rhetoric.

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2005, 10:40 a.m.: The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures presents "La photographie au service de l'écologie: L'impact de la négligence sur les humains," lecture (in French) by Claude Baillargeon, commissaire de l'exposition.

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005, 5 p.m.: "Imaging a Shattering Earth: Reckless Stewardship and Collateral Damage," lecture by Claude Baillargeon, Exhibition Curator.