Learning Group
Collected Material Dwelling
Model 1:1
, 2005 (detail)
Mixed media installation
Dimensions variable
Commission, Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago
Courtesy of the artists

Beyond Green: Toward a Sustainable Art

November 7 – December 17, 2006

In Beyond Green: Toward a Sustainable Art, the UAM presents an iCl traveling exhibition that examines some of the ways in which contemporary artist are exploring a socially and environmentally conscientious way of living and working. This emerging strategy emphasizes the responsible and the equitable use of resources and links environmental and social justice. Enacted around the world in large and small ways by architects and designers, as well as growing numbers of activists, corporations, and policymakers, Beyond Green ventures in to the fertile new zone of sustainability in the arena of contemporary art. The exhibition’s thirteen artists and artists’ groups combine a fresh aesthetic sensibility with a constructively critical approach to the production, dissemination, and display of art. They embed environmental concerns within larger ethical and aesthetic explorations, building paths to new forms of practice that go beyond green.

Each artist or artists' group is represented by one or two major works; in some cases, related drawings, models, and photographs amplify visitors' understandings of the artists' practices. The exhibition includes both large and small-scale works, and interactive projects. Ranging from the exquisitely practical to the more purely rhetorical, the projects in Beyond Green make use of the discursive power of art.

Artists in the exhibition include Allora & Calzadilla; Free Soil (Amy Franceschini, Myriel Milicevic, Nis Rømer); JAM (Jane Palmer and Marianne Fairbanks); Learning Group (Brett Bloom, Julio Castro, Rikke Luther, and Cecelia Wendt); Brennan McGaffey with Temporary Services (Brett Bloom, Salem Collo-Julin, Marc Fischer); Nils Norman; People Powered; Dan Peterman; Marjetica Potrč; Michael Rakowitz; Frances Whitehead; WochenKlausur; and Andrea Zittel.

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