A History of the Future: The New Landscape of Climate Change

Palitz Gallery

November 6, 2014 – January 29, 2015


A History of the Future: The New Landscape of Climate Change includes thirteen archival pigment prints from photographers and SU faculty members Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris’ ongoing investigation of landscapes where scientists are studying the impact of climate change. Incisive images from Venice, Italy, The Netherlands, Louisiana after hurricane Katrina, and New York City after super-storm Sandy document the often surreal and sometimes catastrophic evidence of our changing environment. The meaning of the images depends on their context within the larger discourse about climate change – scientific, journalistic, activist and artistic.

The Canary Project launched in 2006 as a project to photograph landscapes throughout the world where scientists are studying the impacts of climate change, specifically the point in time when human activities had a significant global impact on the Earth’s ecosystems.

To date more than 100 artists, designers, writers, educators and scientists have participated in this project. Various versions of the exhibition have traveled the world over including Kunsthal Museum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Museum Belvedere, Heerenveen, The Netherlands, and the National Arts Club in New York City. The Smithsonian recently granted a fellowship to Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris. They currently study the use of archives to construct narratives of time in exhibitions at the National Museum of American History, the National Museum of Natural History and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. They are interested in exploring how a sensitivity to disparate time scales—human, geologic and cosmologic—can deepen understanding of anthropogenic climate change


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