Creative responses to the extreme environmental, social, and economic changes facing our communities seem urgently needed today. The local, regional, and international artists in 2012 Propeller awardee Rooting take up this challenge to address issues of soil health, water conservation, food production and distribution, and building sustainable communities. School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) faculty curators Kevin Kaempf (Department of Sculpture) and Deborah Boardman (Departments of Arts Administration and Policy and Painting and Drawing) complement these works with related projects by SAIC students. The exhibition is part of the greater Rooting initiative, which fosters new ties between New Delhi and Chicago, exploring the cities' mutual desire to grow, distribute, and eat sustainably.
A symposium focusing on urban agriculture will be held in tandem with the exhibition from October 11-13 at venues throughout the city, featuring lectures, workshops, tours, vendors, and a keynote presentation by New Delhi-based artist, Akshay Raj Singh Rathore.