Beyond Green at Hartford Art School

Andrea Zittel, installation view at Smart Museum. 2006. Courtesy Smart Museum.

The traveling exhibition Beyond Green: Toward a Sustainable Art makes its way to the Joseloff Gallery at the Hartford Art School from April 4 – June 10. Eighteen artists and collectives are represented, including Allora and Calzadilla (Season 4) and Andrea Zittel (Season 1).

From the official press release:

Balancing environmental, social, economic, and aesthetic concerns, sustainable design has the potential to transform everyday life and is reshaping the fields of architecture and product design. Beyond Green: Toward a Sustainable Art explores the influence of this design philosophy on artists who combine a fresh aesthetic sensibility with a constructively critical approach to the production, dissemination, and display of art. The exhibition includes existing works, commissions, and previously presented work that has been “recycled,” spotlighting ways in which artists are building paths to new forms of practice. Many of the artists work collaboratively and leaven serious social aims with playful, off-the-grid spark, updating the Bauhaus notion of form following function or more recent Beuysian social sculpture. Their approaches range from the metaphorical to the pragmatic, sometimes serving as models for audience activism.

An extensive, accompanying catalogue is also available, with artists’ texts, interviews, and a podcast. For gallery hours and further information, please visit the Hartford Art School website.