press release

Sustainable design, which balances environmental, social, economic and aesthetic concerns, has the potential to transform everyday life and is already reshaping the fields of architecture and product design. Beyond Green explores how this design philosophy resonates with an emerging generation of international artists who combine a fresh aesthetic sensibility with a constructively critical approach to the production, dissemination and display of art. While "green" architecture has been widely explored, this is one of the first exhibitions to focus exclusively on sustainability in art and design.

These artists—working in cities such as Chicago, Copenhagen, London, New York, San Francisco, San Juan and Vienna—use sustainable design strategies for metaphoric, practical, critical or even playful ends. Beyond Green includes existing works, commissions and previously presented work that has been “recycled,” spotlighting ways in which artists are building paths to new forms of practice. The holistic approach of sustainability seeks to transform the ways people make, use and dispose of the stuff of everyday life. Beyond Green is co-organized by the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago and by iCI (Independent Curators International), New York, and circulated by iCI.

Itinerary Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago Chicago, Illinois October 6, 2005—January 15, 2006

Museum of Arts & Design New York, New York February 2, 2006—May 7. 2006

University Art Museum, California State University Long Beach Long Beach, California November 1, 2006—December 17, 2006

Smith College Museum of Art Northampton, Massachusetts February 2, 2007—April 15, 2007

Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati, Ohio May 5, 2007—July 15, 2007

Richard E. Peeler Art Center, DePauw University Greencastle, Indiana September 14, 2007—December 2, 2007

(Additional venues to be announced)


Beyond Green - Toward a Sustainable Art
A traveling exhibition co-oraganized by the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago and iCI, New York
Kurator: Stephaine Smith

mit Allora & Calzadilla, Free Soil  (Amy Franceschini, Myriel Milicevic, Nis Romer), JAM (Jane Palmer / Marianne Fairbanks), Learning Group  (Brett Bloom, Julio Castro, Rikke Luther, Cecelia Wendt), Brennan McGaffey / Temporary Services  (Brett Bloom, Salem Collo-Julin, Marc Fischer), Nils Norman, People Powered , Dan Peterman, Marjetica Potrc, Michael Rakowitz, Frances Whitehead, WochenKlausur , Andrea Zittel

06.10.05 - 15.01.06 Smart Museum, Chicago
02.02.06 - 07.05.06 Museum of Arts & Design, New York
01.11.06 - 17.12.06 University Art Museum, Long Beach, California
02.02.07 - 15.04.07 Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts
05.05.07 - 15.07.07 Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
14.09.07 - 02.12.07 Richard E. Peeler Art Center, Greencastle, Indiana