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'The Gallery Gap' Ep. 7: Earth Day Edition

Melissa and Claire talk about the intersections of art, Earth Day, and the March for Science through a closer examination of artists Katja Loher and Maria Sybilla Merian.

Loher is a contemporary artist whose work was exhibited at the Figge in 2014, and combines performance art, music, and dance to create spaces that interrogate the balance between humans, nature and technology. In her exhibition Videoplanet - Orchestra, Loher projected onto orbs hanging in the galleries - the result of which provided an awe-inspiring space, quite literally for Melissa.

Merian, working some centuries earlier, was one of the first artists whose work focused on insects in their environments. Her travel, her drawings, and her close observation of nature made her a person ahead of her time. ATMA owns three drawings by Merian, so tune in to hear Claire describe one of them, and situate Merian within her rightful place in the evolution of science, as well as its intersections with art.

Claire and Melissa also provide a bit of information about Earth Day-related events and the March for Science satellite march, happening in the Quad Cities area. Be sure to listen, and participate in the many activities happening this coming Saturday.


If you don’t live in the Quad Cities, find a satellite march here.