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has no doubt: Witness its ‘Tangible, Visceral, Sensory’ winter exhibition, AnthropoEnvironmentalists tend to believe that we have entered a new epoch in geological history: the Anthropocene, a time in which human activity is transforming nature on a planetary scale. While scientists debate whether evidence warrants declaring a new epoch, the Bates College Museum of Art Right: Watering Hole (Social Species in the Late Anthropocene), is a 2017 oil painting by Laurie Hogin, whose allegorical paintings feature mutant plants and animals, posed as if for classical still life or portraiture, to explore interactions between nature and human nature. Below: Untitled 13 (2006), an archival digital photograph on satin matte paper, is part of the Mémoire series by Sammy Baloji, a Congolese artist who addresses colonialism’s legacy by juxtaposing archival ethnographic portraits with contemporary images of derelict postindustrial landscapes.

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geologic record.” Bringing pathos, wit, and cenic: Art About the Natural a wild diversity of conceptual World in the Human Era. approaches and media, the The participating artists show is likewise comprehenmake “art about nature, but sive in its topics, from rising they do it from a place that rec- seas and climate change to ognizes the human impacts,” colonialism’s environmental says Dan Mills, museum impacts to private ownership director and exhibition curator. of the natural world. Driving the exhibition is “the Jane Costlow, Clark A. notion that our impact on the Griffith Professor of Environnatural world is so deep that mental Studies, helped Mills it’s actually evidenced in the develop the programming.

The Olin Concert Series offered a night of folk songs loved by the late Maine artist Dahlov Ipcar.

She says that even when facts and our own perceptions fail to drive home the folly of our ways, art remains persuasive. “There’s something about understanding the scope of the issues and connecting our own lives with things that feel separate from us — artists can address those challenges in ways that are really tangible, visceral, sensory.”

Profile for Bates College

Bates Magazine, Fall 2018  

The issue's cover story looks at Bates alumni and their cool Antarctic doings. The photo, by Billy Collins ’14, shows an equipment operator...

Bates Magazine, Fall 2018  

The issue's cover story looks at Bates alumni and their cool Antarctic doings. The photo, by Billy Collins ’14, shows an equipment operator...