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The U-n-f-o-l-d exhibition has closed prematurely due to unforeseen circumstances. ALL public programs will continue in the gallery or in locations otherwise specified. We regret the inconvenience.


September 30–November 22, 2011
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery

Opening reception: Thursday, September 29, 6:30–9:00 PM

Curated David Buckland and Chris Wainwright.

U-n-f-o-l-d is an exhibition of work by twenty-five artists, musicians, writers and other creative practitioners who participated in two Cape Farewell expeditions to the High Arctic region in 2007 and 2008, and to the Andes in 2009, where they witnessed firsthand the effects of climate change. Working across multiple media, including photography, sculpture, mixed media, works on paper, video, and sound, the diverse responses of these artists explore the physical, emotional, and political dimensions of a complex and changing world stressed by profligate human activity.

Featured in the exhibition are artists Ackroyd & Harvey, Amy Balkin, David Buckland, Adriane Colburn, Sam Collins, Nick Edwards, Francesca Galeazzi, Nathan Gallagher, Marjie de Haas, Brenndan McGuire, Daro Montag, Michèle Noach, Lucy + Jorge Orta, Sunand Prasad, Tracey Rowledge, Shiro Takatani, Clare Twomey and Chris Wainwright; musicians Leslie Feist, Robyn Hitchcock + KT Tunstall; novelist Ian McEwan; and poet Lemn Sissay.

In association with the exhibition, the SJDC is organizing a series of public programs with local partners. These include panels, work-in-progress presentations, symposia, and performances by artists in the exhibition as well as other artists and researchers. Featured is the New York premiere of ARTPORT_making waves’ Cool Stories III, a compilation of short video and animations on climate change selected from an international contest. The SJDC has also commissioned the artist collective, The Canary Project, to lead a creative research workshop on the Gowanus Canal and is working with The New School faculty and artists, a razor, a shiny knife, on a culinary data visualization of carbon, soil chemistry and reforestation in NYC. “U-n-f-o-l-d stakes a claim for the artist’s role in addressing climate change,” said Radhika Subramaniam, director and chief curator of the SJDC. “At Parsons, where we foster young artists and designers who can respond to global challenges, it offers us a welcome opportunity to contribute to this urgent dialogue.”

Program partners include ARTPORT_making waves; Eyebeam Art + Technology Center; PositiveFeedback, an inter-institutional arts and climate science consortium led by the Earth Institute, Columbia University, the Center for Creative Research at NYU, and the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities; and at The New School: the India China Institute, The New School for Public Engagement, and WNSR - New School Radio. This exhibition and programs are made possible, in part, by an award from The New School Green Fund.

Exhibition organized by Cape Farewell and University of the Arts London.

A complete list of related public programs can be found here. (Adobe PDF)

The U-n-f-o-l-d catalogue is available for purchase on Amazon.

The STUDENT FILM CONTEST entry form can be found here. (Adobe PDF)

Cape Farewell was conceived in 2001 by artist David Buckland to help communicate the science of climate change on a human scale through the lens of culture. For the past 10 years Cape Farewell has provided a research platform for artists to engage with climate issues, embedding artists with scientists undertaking field research on sailing expeditions to fragile environments. Supported by a growing network of artists and research bodies, Cape Farewell’s expedition and research program investigates social and ecological resilience and technological innovation, challenging artists to generate images, metaphors and narratives that engage communities in the discussion and design of their own futures. For more information, see

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