The Climate Museum and Parsons School of Design at The New School Present 88 Cores, a New Climate Installation by Peggy Weil

Work spotlighting ice cores on view in the Parsons School of Design’s Sheila C. Johnson Design Gallery, 66 Fifth Avenue

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 25, 7:00-8:30 pm.

88 Cores screen tests: -1855 meters and -2952 meters (88 Cores by Peggy Weil; 4 hours 29 minutes; 2017)

January 25, 2018, New York -- The Climate Museum has opened the second leg of In Human Time, the organization’s inaugural exhibition in partnership with Parsons School of Design at The New School.

On view at Parsons’ Sheila C. Johnson Design Center (SJDC), the two-part exhibition In Human Time features work by artists Zaria Forman and Peggy Weil, who examine intersections of polar ice, humanity, and time. The second part — Peggy Weil’s new work, a descent through the Greenland Ice Sheet — is on view 24 hours a day, inside the gallery during regular hours and from the street, and through the gallery’s windows at night.

88 Cores, shown for the first time as part of this exhibition, is a film that captures a two-mile descent through the Greenland Ice Sheet in one continuous pan going back more than 110,000 years in time. This work is the fourth in a series of under-landscapes by Weil — projects treating solid ground as a canvas of critical processes and phenomena.

The installation is accompanied in the hallway outside by artifacts and media offering context on ice core science and the Arctic.

“I’m honored to be participating in The Climate Museum’s inaugural exhibition,” Weil says.  “88 Cores explores deep space and deep time, concepts critical to understanding the scale of climate change. The immensity and grandeur of the ice is matched only by its fragility and role as a bellwether of future change.”

Weil’s work has been exhibited internationally. Weil teaches at UCLA’s Design Media Arts Program and USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. She acts as an Advisor to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Art + Technology Lab.

“We are delighted to present Peggy’s work in partnership with the extraordinary SJDC team at Parsons as the second part of our first exhibition, In Human Time,” says Miranda Massie, director of the Climate Museum. “Peggy’s brilliant new work exemplifies the power of art to build the climate conversation by provoking awe and enlarging our sense of time, key pathways toward a new climate citizenship.“

“88 Cores literally allows ice sheets to tell their story about climate change,” says Christiane Paul, the SJDC’s director and chief curator. “We are privileged to collaborate with the Climate Museum on creating a platform for discussing the complexities of one of the most pressing issues of our time.”

The Climate Museum is an organization establishing a museum dedicated to climate issues and solutions in New York. The mission of the Museum is to employ the sciences, art, and design to inspire dialogue and innovation that address the challenges of climate change, moving solutions to the center of our shared public life and catalyzing broad community engagement.

Parsons School of Design is one of the leading institutions for art and design education in the world. Based in New York but active around the world, the school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the full spectrum of art and design disciplines, as well as online courses, degree and certificate programs. Critical thinking and collaboration are at the heart of a Parsons education. Parsons graduates are leaders in their respective fields, with a shared commitment to creatively and critically addressing the complexities of life in the 21st century.

Sheila C. Johnson Design Center is an award-winning campus center for Parsons School of Design that combines learning and public spaces with exhibition galleries to provide an important new downtown destination for art and design programming. The mission of the Center is to generate an active dialogue on the role of innovative art and design in responding to the contemporary world. Its programming encourages an interdisciplinary examination of possibility and process, linking the university to local and global debates. The center is named in honor of its primary benefactor, New School Trustee and Parsons Board of Governors Member Sheila C. Johnson. The design by Rice+Lipka Architects is the recipient of numerous awards, including an Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects.


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