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Actions for the Earth: Exhibition Opening Conversation

When: Saturday, February 3, 2024
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM CT

Where: Norris University Center, McCormick Auditorium, first floor of Norris, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free and open to all

Contact: Block Museum of Art   (847) 491-4000

Group: Block Museum of Art

Co-Sponsor: Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities

Category: Academic, Fine Arts


Actions for the Earth: Art, Care & Ecology brings together work by an intergenerational, transnational group of artists who use strategies of kinship, healing, and restorative interventions to foster a deeper and more urgent awareness of our interconnectedness with the earth.   

Join us for an interdisciplinary opening conversation on art; eco-anxiety and resilience; climate crisis science and impact; and the importance of cross-disciplinary thinking and problem-solving to affect change. Actions for the Earth consulting curator Stephanie Smith will be in dialogue with Dekila Chungyalpa, Director of the Loka Initiative, Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison; Teresa Montoya, Artist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago; and Kimberly Marion Suiseeya, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Environmental Policy and Culture program at Northwestern University; Faculty Affiliate with the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research and the Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy.  

Drop by The Block from 12:00-1:30pm to visit the exhibition with our Block Museum Student Associates. The museum will remain open until 6pm.  

Programs are open to all, on a first-come first-served basis. RSVPs not required, but appreciated. 


Actions for the Earth: Art, Care & Ecology is curated by Sharmila Wood and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. The Block’s presentation of this exhibition is supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Bernstein Family Contemporary Art Fund, the Dorothy J. Speidel Fund, and the Alsdorf Gallery at The Block Museum Endowment. The Block Museum presentation of the exhibition was coordinated by consulting curator Stephanie Smith.

This program is co-sponsored by the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities as part of their Sovereignties Dialogue, a year-long conversation mobilizing humanities research to question, understand, and reimagine sovereignties—bodily, artistic, intellectual, geopolitical. 

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