Human/Nature: Artists Respond to a Changing Planet is a pioneering artist residency and collaborative exhibition project that, for the first time on this scale, uses contemporary art to investigate the relationships between fragile natural environments and the human communities that depend upon them. This collaborative multi-year exhibition project sent eight leading artists to eight UNESCO World Heritage sites around the globe to create new work informed and inspired by their experiences in these diverse cultural and natural regions.
Organized by MCASD and the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA), in partnership with the international conservation organization Rare, the exhibition features new commissioned works by Mark Dion, Ann Hamilton, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Marcos Ramírez ERRE, Rigo 23, Dario Robleto, Diana Thater and Xu Bing created in response to their travels to these threatened sites. Human/Nature will also be on view at BAM/PFA from April 1 through September 27, 2009.
Human/Nature: Artists Respond to a Changing Planet is co-organized by the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, in partnership with the international conservation organization Rare. The exhibition is supported by The Christensen Fund; the Columbia Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; the Nimoy Foundation; the East Bay Community Foundation; the Baum Foundation; the Rotasa Foundation; and individual donors. The project's Web site is made possible through the efforts of the Studio for Social Sculpture and the Annenberg Foundation. Dwell Magazine is the exhibition's official media sponsor. The San Diego presentation is made possible by generous gifts from Mary Keough Lyman and Patsy and David Marino. Additional support comes from the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, the County of San Diego, the James Irvine Foundation, and Sempra Energy.