Nature to Nurture

Man might be able to erect soaring skyscrapers on postage stamp-size plots of land, but nature remains unimpressed. “Wilderness,” the new exhibit opening Sunday at the Miami Art Museum, explores the real or imagined boundaries between our notions of tamed or untamed nature, says MAM’s associate curator, Rene Morales. At a time when we are constantly reminded that we are destroying the planet, the exhibit reminds us how vulnerable we remain when nature strikes back. “Several of the works in this group exhibit question the assumptions of our dominion over nature,” Morales says. You’ll find a provocative selection of film and sculptural installations by artists Darren Almond, David Brooks, Tacita Dean, Christy Gast, and Allan McCollum — in addition to works by Matthew Buckingham, Aramis Gutierrez, and Fernando Ortega. “While we may never fully escape the idea that we stand above or outside the natural world, it is within our power to confront this assumption critically,” Morales adds. “In this way, we may yet find new ways to mitigate its most destructive consequences.” “Wilderness” will be open through June 26.
Saturdays, Sundays, noon; Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m. Starts: March 27. Continues through June 24, 2011

 
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