“Fragile Ecologies”

Queens Museum of Art

“Fragile Ecologies: Contemporary Artists’ Interpretations and Solutions,” a traveling exhibition, takes a broad look at activist, environmentally oriented art, placing it within its historical and cultural context. The projects of various artists in diverse environments and situations is a central theme of the show, but “Fragile Ecologies” is also concerned with contemporary artists as agents of change. Frequently the work assembled here to represent artists’ recuperative engagement with sites and communities is slight. The ideas are challenging—even abundant—but the images are eviscerated. Perhaps contemporary environmental art identifies and challenges a dangerous dependency on images and asks that we look beyond what is represented to consider the social, political, and cultural factors of environmental degradation. Finally, what this show demonstrates is that this kind of art has raised

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