The End of Nature at Storm King Art Center

The End of Nature at Storm King Art Center

Carl Swanson for The Vulture - 27 May 2018

The 500-acre Storm King Art Center is about an hour north of New York in the Hudson River Valley, in the shadow of Storm King mountain, which was named by the now-forgotten writer and editor Nathaniel Parker Willis, who lived thereabouts in the mid-19th century, and once exalted “The tallest mountain is … looked upon as the most sure foreteller of a storm … He seems the monarch, and this seems his stately ordering of a change in the weather. Should not STORM-KING, then, be his proper title?”

The name stuck, and a century later a hardware mogul opened what has become the celebrated modern art sculpture park. This month the center opened an exhibition titled “Indicators: Artists on Climate Change” featuring works by 17 artists including one artist collective scattered about the landscape, each responding in some way to mankind’s not so stately ordering up of a change in the world’s weather. “We approached artists who had an affinity for the topic,” says Nora Lawrence, senior curator at the center, who notes that “environmental stewardship” is always a big part of the park’s concerns. But it’s also a very pretty setting for the last stand of the anthropocene, and well worth a summer weekend to bask in nature’s remaining glory.

Justin Brice Guariglia

“The ecological crisis we face today affects everyone around the globe, there is simply no escaping it, and yet there is this major paradox of belief … we all know very well what’s happening, but … we don’t really want to believe it, and so we mostly choose to simply ignore it. We Are The Asteroid (above; video of it here) does not overwhelm the viewer with scientific facts and figures, but simply provides a new perspective and vocabulary to think ecologically.”

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