Ecoart in Action

Ecoart in Action

NYU Press / New Village Press

March 10, 2023
Ecoart in Action
New Village Press
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Ecoart in Action: Activities, Case Studies, and Provocations for Classrooms and Communities.

“Ecoart reflects major activist and art-political movements, feminism and ecofeminism, conceptual art, performance art, and deep ecology. Interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity underpin many of the book’s contributions … offering ambitious, well-informed practices for art to address climate change.” —Veronica Sekules, writer, curator, and director of GroundWork Gallery

Ecoart in Action is an extensive and invaluable field guide to the ways in which the arts can raise consciousness and instigate action on ecological issues. Transformative projects are carefully laid out by an amazing group of artists and writers whose dedication to the issues goes back decades. Packed with brilliant ideas for a vast number of contexts and participants, this book is crucial to our hopes for a sustainable future.” —Lucy R. Lippard, art critic and author of Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972 and The Lure of the Local

Book description:
Ecoart in Action presents possibilities for educating those who feel an urgency to address our environmental and social challenges. Defining and contextualizing the genre of ecoart through examples of practice, the book addresses fundamental questions such as: What role might art play in actualizing environmental resilience? How can we reimagine and refocus education to emphasize integrative thinking and inspire hope for our future?

Organized into three sections—Activities, Case Studies, and Provocations—Ecoart in Action stands as a field guide for teaching ecoart practice at the undergraduate and graduate levels, offering arts-based solutions to addressing critical environmental challenges.

The book also includes an extensive bibliography that identifies resources on ecoart and related subjects, demonstrating the interdisciplinary nature of ecoart practice.

Contributors: Changwoo Ahn, Marcia Annenberg, Lillian Ball, Liza Behrendt, Vaughn Bell, Jackie Brookner, Jenny Brown, Brian Collier, Reiko Goto Collins, Tim Collins, Marlene Creates, Cynthia Cutting, Betsy Damon, Cameron Davis, Mo Dawley, Hans Dieleman, Samantha DiRosa, Anne Douglas, Jesse Etelson, Cathy Fitzgerald, Chris Fremantle, Amara Geffen, Arlene Goldbard, Beth Grossman, David Haley, Tom Hansell, Ruth Hardinger, Newton Harrison, Susan Hoenig, Nancy Holmes, Eileen Hutton, Basia Irland, Sacha Kagan, Denise Kenney, Don Krug, Eve Andrée Laramée, Loraine Leeson, Stacy Levy, JuPong Lin, Amy Lipton, Mary Mattingly, Christopher McNulty, Elizabeth Monoian/Robert Ferry (LAGI), Kerry Morrison, Beverly Naidus, Devora Neumark, Chrissie Orr, Carol Padberg, Wioletta Piascik, Deanna Pindell, Milena Popov, Aviva Rahmani, Ann Rosenthal, Hope Sandrow, Fern Shaffer, Bonnie Ora Sherk, Margaret Shiu, Ginny Stearns, Lorna Stevens, Joel Tauber, Chrissie Tiller, R. Eugene Turner, Jan van Boeckel, Ruth Wallen, Linda Weintraub, Robyn Woolston, Shai Zakai. To learn more about the contributors, all of whom are members of the international Ecoart Network, visit here.

Additional praise for Ecoart in Action:
“What a book! The examples show the role of art for building community and furthering important discussions about the way humans relate to the living world—and, crucially, the place for artists to highlight problematic issues, disrupt harmful ways of thinking, and stimulate positive change.” —Harriet Fraser, writer, poet, artist, and Visiting Research Fellow at University of Cumbria

“A vitally important and inspirational survey of ecoart. A beautiful pedagogical tool. And a great resource for anyone interested in a more ecologically minded world.” —Joel Tauber, artist, filmmaker, and Associate Professor at Wake Forest University

“Art is essential to our movements: environmentalists have always been good at appealing to the hemisphere of the human brain that values bar graphs and pie charts, but the message of our peril needs to get across in far more visceral ways as well. And here artists are as important as scientists, as this wonderfully comprehensive account makes clear.” —Bill McKibben, environmentalist and author of The End of Nature

Edited by: Amara Geffen, Ann Rosenthal, Chris Fremantle, and Aviva Rahmani.

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