Oil Spill: Information Gulf

OIL SPILL: information gulf

What: Oil Spill: Information Gulf Panel Discussion & Audio Webcast

Where: Tipton Hall

When: 6pm Friday, March 25

How Much: $10 general | $5 students/seniors/sfai members

What: Oil Spill: Information Gulf Exhibition

Where: SFAI Gallery 1

When: March 1 – 31, 9am – 5pm M-F

How Much: Free!

Oil Spill: Information Gulf Panel Discussion

In Santa Fe, panelists Riki Ott, Aviva Rahmani, and Debbie Fleming Caffery, moderated by Patricia Watts will discuss the spill, its aftermath, and the role of the arts as tellers/revealers of truth. Ama Rogan and Douglas Meffert will join us online from New Orleans for a Q&A session.

To listen LIVE ONLINE to the audio broadcast and participate in an online discussion of the panel, follow the instructions below.

Scheduled Time: Date: Fri, March 25, 2011 Time: 08:00 PM EDT

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Oil Spill: Information Gulf Exhibition

Photographs by Aviva Rahmani and Debbie Fleming Caffery.

Debbie Fleming Caffery

Emotional and mythic vision pervade Debbie Fleming Caffery’s captivating images of life in her native southern Louisiana, Portugal, and Mexico. Her photographs are not objective documents, but poetic stories that capture the mystery and spirit of the people and places she encounters. Caffery’s images have earned her numerous awards including the first Lou Stoumen prize for documentary photography and the Governor of Louisiana’s award for excellence in the arts. Her work is included in the permanent collections of many museums including the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Modern Art, land the Bibliotheque National in Paris.

Riki Ott

Riki Ott, PhD, is a community activist, a former commercial salmon “fisherm’am,” and has a degree in marine toxicology with a specialty in oil pollution. She experienced firsthand the devastating effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill—and chose to do something about it. She is the author of Sound Truth and Corporate Myth$: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill and Not One Drop: Promises, Betrayal, and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (Chelsea Green, 2008). She is also the founder of three nonprofit organizations that deal with lingering harm from man-made environmental disaster. Riki lives in Cordova, Alaska.

Aviva Rahmani

Aviva Rahmani is an ecological artist whose 40-year career span has primarily focused on social and environmental engagement. She has been featured in 30 solo and 50 group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Influenced by classical studies, activism, city planning, and science, her recent work explores solutions for urban and rural water degradation in large landscapes. Through Virtual Concerts, and more recently, Virtual Concerts II, weekly audio performances hosted by Rahmani, she addresses the local impact of global warming at real sites internationally. Rahmani also addressed this through her project, In Cities and Oceans of If, where she located ecological acupuncture points to effect healing change.

Patricia Watts

Founder of ecoartspace, Patricia Watts has researched art and nature practitioners since 1994. She has participated as a panelist at numerous conferences and has given lectures at art departments internationally. Watts most recently curated MAKE:CRAFT (2010) at the Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, and EcoArchive (2011) at Intersection 5M in San Francisco, California. She also curated Hybrid Fields for the Sonoma County Museum (2006), and Bug-Eyed: Art, Culture, Insects for the Turtle Bay Exploration Park (2004-2005), and produced a site-specific temporary public art installation entitled Windsock Currents (2005) on Crissy Field in the Presidio (San Francisco) for UN World Environment Day. Watts was Chief Curator at the Sonoma County Museum in Santa Rosa, California (2005-2008).

ecoartspace (www.ecoartspace.org) provides a curatorial platform for artists addressing environmental issues in the visual arts. Since 1999, Patricia Watts and Amy Lipton, operating from the east and west coasts of the United States, have curated over 40 exhibitions, 75 programs and have worked with over 400 artists and collaborated with over 150 organizations. They advocate for international artists whose projects range from scientifically based ecological restoration to product based functional artworks, from temporal works created outdoors with nature to eco-social interventions in the urban public sphere, as well as more traditional art objects.

Ama Rogan

Ama Rogan is the Managing Director of A Studio in the Woods of Tulane University, a wooded sanctuary for artists and the environment located in Lower Coast Algiers, New Orleans. As a member of the founding board, an early staff member, and now director, she has been an integral part of the organization’s vision and growth for over 15 years. She is a 5th-generation New Orleanian and a visual artist with a belief that art is vital to navigating our collective environmental challenges.

A Studio in the Woods, a program of Tulane University located in 7.66 forested acres on the Mississippi River in New Orleans, is dedicated to preserving the endangered bottomland hardwood forest and providing within it a peaceful retreat where visual, literary and performing artists can work uninterrupted. Programming includes community workshops in the arts and environmental preservation, and an outdoor classroom where students of all ages can experience and study the natural world. One of a few live-in artists’ retreats in the Deep South, A Studio in the Woods fosters both environmental preservation and the creative work of all artists.

Douglas Meffert

Dr. Douglas Meffert is the Eugenie Schwartz Professor of River & Coastal Studies and Deputy Director for Policy at the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research (CBR), where he also serves as CBR’s chief financial officer. He is also Director of Tulane’s RiverSphere – a new initiative fostering green jobs in renewable energy through testing and development of hydrokinetic energy systems in the Mississippi River. Dr. Meffert has faculty appointments in Tulane’s School of Public Health’s Environmental Health Sciences Department and the Tulane Law School’s Payson Center for International Development. He is also co-principal of Meffert + Etheridge Environmental Projects, LLC. Dr. Meffert has more than 15 years of research, policy development and practice related to urban sustainability and coastal restoration and protection. He currently serves as the New Orleans coordinator for the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization’s Urban Biosphere program, which is dedicated to intellectual exchange and research to promote resilience and sustainability of urban ecosystems worldwide.

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