Sat. 9/21, 2p: 516 ARTS presents Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande: Contemporary Artists Respond, developed in partnership with the Art & Ecology Program at the University of New Mexico. It features commissioned and existing artworks highlighting diverse perspectives on varieties of plants and animals, including flowers, trees, fish, birds, and bees—iconic and overlooked—undergoing mass-die off’s and population declines within the Rio Grande watershed. Through the eyes of contemporary artists, the exhibition examines regional flora and fauna and raises ethical and cultural questions about human impact on the natural world.
Carol Boss speaks with co-curator Josie Lopez, artist Kaitlin Bryson and environmental journalist Laura Paskus about the exhibition at 516 Arts as well as the many collaborations and programs throughout the region (from Mexico to Colorado). The exhibition opens at 516 Arts on Saturday, September 28. 516arts.org for more information.