The curated exhibition confronts the unhidden yet frequently unrecognized interconnections between nature and urban life, focusing on botanical nature's guises, roles, and responsible cultivation. Works by 20 exceptional NE artists highlight a fascination with plants and other species and probe the conditioning role of nature in the urban setting. Artists suggest a relationship of impasse and reconciliation. Their inquiry resonates in the RI people's historic State House, a prime site for productively re-seeding this debate.
The exhibition will be launched by a one-day public forum of the same name to be held on Saturday, October 26 at Brown University, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm. The forum venue is the Agora of Stephen Robert '62 Hall, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University, 280 Brook Street, Providence.
The socially engaged program brings together various distinguished practitioners and residents to re-imagine the urban as a hub of more-than-human social worlds. It creates a space in which art and science might inspire activism, policy, and planning. The ReSeeding the City forum looks to plants as models, metaphors, and partners in urban placemaking, exploring what it means to embrace the rich assemblages of life forms that take root in our midst—whether in gardens, wood patches, brownfields or roadside margins.
The forum is organized by Sam Coren, PhD student, American Studies, Brown University, Aja Grande, PhD student, History, Anthropology, Science, Technology & Society (HASTS), MIT, and Alexandra M. Peck, PhD candidate, Anthropology, Brown University.
Invited speakers from across New England and New York will participate in the program, after which the audience is invited to the Opening Reception for the exhibition, to take place at the State House from 5:30 – 8:00 pm.