The sculptures, drawings, installations and videos by this French wife-husband duo, Lucy+Jorge Orta, collectively explore major concerns that define the 21st century: biodiversity, environmental conditions, climate change, and exchange among peoples. These models and machines, constructed by the Ortas, suggest ways to purify, prepare and transport food and water, or launch a world-wide humanitarian effort. These humorous, jerrybuilt contraptions are poetic metaphors for these processes, and demonstrate the importance of art as a creative agent for awareness and change. This show is the first major traveling exhibition in the U.S. of the Ortas' work; it is guest curated by C2|curatorsquared and organized by the Tufts University Art Gallery. Partial support provided by the Cultural Service of the French Consulate in Boston.
Lucy+Jorge Orta/Food-Water-Life, published in 2011 by Princeton Architectural Press, with contributions by Judith Hoos Fox and Ginger Gregg Duggan, Hou Hanru, Ellen Luptan, and Zoe Ryan, serves as the accompanying publication. It may be purchased for $40 from www.papress.com or at the Tufts University Art Gallery; 192 pages; 300 color illustrations.
STOP 2:Introduction to Food section, Ginger Gregg Duggan, guest co-curator
STOP 3:Introduction to Water section, Judith Hoos Fox
STOP 4:Introduction to Life section, Ginger Gregg Duggan
OrtaWater-Fluvial Intervention Unit, 2005, Canadian maple wood canoe, steel structure, glass shelves, copper and plastic tubes, gloves, 4 buckets, 4 crates, 4 water drums, 2 water tanks, 2 light projectors, 4 flasks, copper tubes and taps, audio mp3, speakers, 24 OrtaWater bottles, 102 ½ x 200 ¾ x 47 ¼ in.,
Courtesy of the artists and Galleria Continua, San Gimignano / Beijing / leMoulin, Photography: Gino Gabrieli.
PUBLIC OPENING RECEPTION
Tuesday, September 11,
SPOTLIGHT TOURS OF THE EXHIBITION
with Tufts Gallery Guides, Tisch Family Gallery.
Tuesday, September 11,
URBAN HOMESTEADING WORKSHOP
Led by Lisa Gross, Tufts/SMFA 2011, founder of the Urban Homesteaders League and The Boston Tree Party.
Thursday, October 11,
Led by Jennifer Hashley, director of the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project.
Every participant will leave with a jar of pickled vegetables.
Tuesday, October 16,
15-MINUTE DROP-IN EXHIBITION TOURS
Led by student Gallery Guides; take home a passport for Antarctica; contribute to a horti-recycling recipe share; or learn about international best practices in water purification.
Saturday, October 20,
URBAN FORAGING WALKING TOUR
Led by David Craft, author of Urban Foraging: Finding and Eating Wild Plants in the City
Participants will forage for plants around the Tufts' Medford campus and beyond.
Saturday, October 27,
11 am-12:30 pm
ARTIST LECTURE BY LUCY ORTA
Alfond Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue. Free and open to the public.
Tuesday, October 30,
DROPLETS: SHORT TALKS AND PERFORMANCES ON H20
Presented by Tufts students; music and reception to follow. Co-sponsored by the Tufts Institute of the Environment.
Wednesday, November 7,