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Justin Brice Guariglia Earth Works: Mapping the Anthropocene
September 16 – December 9, 2018
USC Fisher Museum of Art proudly announces a timely exhibition that depicts how humans are directly and indirectly impacting the planet. Through art, experience a new age - the Anthropocene Epoch, the period during which human activities have had a direct environmental impact on the Earth, from the far reaches of the atmosphere to the lowest depths of the ocean. This exhibition features 24 works by Justin Brice Guariglia which explore this geological age we’re living in.
Visitors can see this impact for themselves through his pieces, which depict the effects of mining and agriculture on the Earth’s surface as well as Greenland’s melting ice sheets. All but one of his works are showcased at the USC Fisher Museum of Art, across the street from NHM. His largest scale piece, Jakobshavn I, which portrays the fastest melting glacier in Greenland, is on display at NHM. Museum guests can experience the complexity of this new epoch while contemplating human influence on the climate by getting lost in the 11-by-16-foot work.
Guariglia accompanied NASA on seven trips to Greenland as a part of Operation Ice Bridge, a survey of melting glaciers and how they affect sea levels. He used a process that is a mix between photography and painting, capturing images of the glaciers and using an ultra archival printing process to layer acrylic on top of them.
Visit this inspiring exhibition and spark your own conversation about the dawn of this new age, climate change, and human impact on the planet.
For full exhibition information, visit the USC Fisher Museum of Art.
Justin Brice Guariglia's Jakobshavn I is on view at NHM, Free with General Admission
The exhibition was organized by the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, and was made possible by the generosity of Vanessa and Anthony Beyer. Additional support was provided by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the William and Sarah Ross Soter Photography Fund and the Sydell and Arthur I. Meyer Endowment Fund at the Norton Museum of Art. In Los Angeles, the exhibition is presented by USC Fisher Museum of Art in collaboration with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.