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Fragile Earth: The Naturalist Impulse in Contemporary Art

June 25, 2020 to September 27, 2020
Mark Dion, Blood Red Coral, 2013, Resin and assorted objects, 33 1/4 x 17 x 9 in. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles

Mark Dion, Blood Red Coral, 2013, Resin and assorted objects, 33 1/4 x 17 x 9 in. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles

Courtney Mattison, Coral Triangle II, 2015, Glazed stoneware and porcelain, 19 x 17 x 9 in. Courtesy of the artist

Courtney Mattison, Coral Triangle II, 2015, Glazed stoneware and porcelain, 19 x 17 x 9 in. Courtesy of the artist

Jennifer Angus, installation view of The Grasshopper and the Ant, 2019. Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL

Jennifer Angus, installation view of The Grasshopper and the Ant, 2019. Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL

James Prosek, Moth Cluster IV, 2016, Pen, ink, and silkscreen on paper, 60 x 130 in. Courtesy of the artist and Waqas Wajahat, New York

James Prosek, Moth Cluster IV, 2016, Pen, ink, and silkscreen on paper, 60 x 130 in. Courtesy of the artist and Waqas Wajahat, New York

Fragile Earth showcases the diverse approaches taken by ecologically concerned artists today, illustrating the powerful role they play in advocating for environmental causes.

Artists Jennifer Angus, Mark Dion, Courtney Mattison, and James Prosek have created striking work that reflects the vulnerability of the environment. “These artists were selected for the profound message their works convey about environmental conservation,” says Jennifer Stettler Parsons, PhD , curator of the exhibition. “They transform natural and non-traditional materials, like insects and found debris, into art in order to make visible the human role in global climate change, and to reveal how our daily choices may endanger our planet’s future.” The project builds on the success of the Museum’s 2018 exhibition, Natural Wonders: The Sublime in Contemporary Art. The Museum will commission site specific work for this exhibition related to the ecology of the Brandywine region.