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Special Event with Storm King Art Center - Art, Expedition, Climate

In anticipation of the special exhibition Indicators: Artists on Climate Change, Storm King Art Center presents David Brooks and Ellie Ga in conversation at the Explorers Club, New York. Moderated by Storm King Curator, Nora Lawrence, topics will include the role of expedition in artistic practice, parallel and divergent methods undertaken by artists and scientists, and research, advocacy, and reportage concerning climate change.

Ellie Ga is an artist whose work is inspired by the indeterminacy of exploration and the human desire to contact and chart the unknown. She uses a range of media to build her layered narratives: part observational essay, part documentary, part fragmentary story- telling.

Ga typically works in series, distilling multiple artworks from a single object of inquiry. The unusual experiences Ga has drawn upon during the last decade of her artistic output include the fortunetelling rituals of Ga and a small crew of scientists drifting on a sailboat in the frozen Arctic Ocean and the quest to piece together the artifacts of a submerged ancient wonder in Alexandria, Egypt.

Ga’s projects unfold over the course of several years, often in tandem with research centers and archives such as The Explorers Club (New York), Tara Arctic Expeditions (France/Arctic Ocean) and The Center for Maritime Archeology, Alexandria (Egypt). She has presented solo exhibitions at Le Grand Café, Saint-Nazaire (FR) and M-Museum, Leuven (BE) and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Ga’s performances have been showcased at The Guggenheim Museum; The Kitchen and EMPAC (New York); The Cartier Foundation (Paris) and the Playground Festival (BE). She is a co-founder of the publishing press Ugly Duckling Presse in Brooklyn. Upcoming publications include Dialogue (with Marcelline Delbecq, Shelter Press), Square Octagon Circle (Siglio Press) and a solo show at Bureau, New York in September 2017. She is currently a recipient of a three-year project grant from Swedish Research Council. She lives in Stockholm, Sweden.

David Brooks (b. 1975 Brazil, Indiana) is an artist whose work considers the relationship between the individual and the built and natural environment. His work investigates how cultural concerns cannot be divorced from the natural world, while also questioning the terms under which nature is perceived and utilized.

Brooks has exhibited at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, CT; the Dallas Contemporary; Tang Museum, NY; Nouveau Musée National de Monaco; Sculpture Center, NYC; The Visual Arts Center, Austin; Galerie für Landschaftskunst, Hamburg; Nevada Museum of Art; and MoMA/PS1, among others. Major commissions include Storm King Art Center, NY; deCordova Museum, MA, and Cass Sculpture Foundation, UK, as well as Desert Rooftops in Times Square, a 5000 sq. ft. urban earthwork commissioned by Art Production Fund.

Brooks is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, a research grant to the Ecuadorian Amazon from the Coypu Foundation, and a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. David Brooks currently lives and works between New York City and New Orleans.

Date: March 13, 2018

Time: 5:30 pm Check-in, 6:00 pm Program, 7:00 pm Reception

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $12

Reservation Notes:

Due to extremely limited seating, tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis for Members only. Members may bring a guest, but we can only accept reservations booked directly by Members themselves.

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