Jan 14–Mar 19, 2022
Weinberg/Newton Gallery, in partnership with the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, presents Human/Nature, an exhibition addressing one of the most urgent issues of our time—climate change.
Photograph by Donovan Quintero
Statements, 2021/2022. Recorded commentary on issues of climate change from scientists, politicians, journalists, artists, and organizational leaders.
Featuring: Tristan Baurick, Beth Beloff, Kennette Benedict, Rachel Bronson, Governor Jerry Brown, Sivan Kartha, John Morales, Obvious, Karen Reimer, Matthew Ritchie, Regan Rosburg, Rob Socolow, and David Weinberg.
Humanity is at a critical crossroads—it is widely acknowledged that we must take immediate action or our planet will face irreversible climate catastrophe. The exhibition combines visual imagery and scientific interviews to explore our paths forward. What will the world look like if we do not reverse our current path? Alternatively, what will the future look like if we take action now?
— Cyndi Conn, Curator of Human/Nature
75th Anniversary Doomsday Clock Announcement
Jan 20, 9am
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists will host a live virtual news conference at 9am CT Thursday, January 20th to announce the 2022 Doomsday Clock time and commence the 75th anniversary of the iconic Clock. For 75 years, the Doomsday Clock has acted as a metaphor for how close humanity is to self-annihilation. Since 1947, it has also served as a call-to-action to reverse the hands, which have moved backwards before.
Feb 19, 1pm
Discussion with Obvious, Donovan Quintero, Regan Rosburg, Karen Reimer, and Matthew Ritchie; moderated by guest curator Cyndi Conn
Details and RSVP forthcoming
Mar 18, 6–8pm
Details and RSVP forthcoming
Additional Public Programs will be added at a later date.
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists equips the public, policymakers, and scientists with the information needed to reduce man-made threats to our existence. The Bulletin is a media organization, posting free articles on its website and publishing a premium digital magazine. In addition, the Bulletin’s website, iconic Doomsday Clock, and regular events help advance actionable ideas at a time when technology is outpacing our ability to control it. The Bulletin focuses on three main areas: nuclear risk, climate change, and disruptive technologies. What connects these topics is a driving belief that because humans created them, we can control them.
Extended captions: Selected photography by Stas Bartnikas
Summer of 2019 was one of the hottest in Alaska. The temperature went above 30 degrees Celsius. It became very obvious that the scale of global warming isn’t exaggerated. Extreme temperatures have direct impact on melting of the glaciers. The photos presented are taken from a float plane and show Alaskan glaciers from above in their current state. They still look magnificent. But we need to keep in mind that the process of melting is far under way and very soon the photos might become the only proof of their former glory. There are more than 100 000 glaciers in Alaska. And they are melting at the rate not seen in hundreds of years. It is truly sad to realize that the next time we see these same glaciers they are not going to look the same.
[Above, row 1]
This series of photographs of the Colorado River was taken from a small plane in Baja California, Mexico, where the river meets the ocean. As it is known, the Colorado River is very shallow due to the active use of water for agricultural purposes. Environmentalists in the United States and Mexico have long been concerned about this situation. A few years ago, they managed to agree on the opening of the Marelos dam for a short time to fill the river delta with water. However, despite all the efforts, this place still looks quite dehydrated.
[Above, row 2]
These aerial images are taken from a small plane while flying over oil sands production plants in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. Large scale oil mining operations cause huge damage to the natural environment and the population of the country. The Alberta Tar sands are the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emission in Canada. About 90 percent of the water used to process the tar sands ends up in a very toxic tailing ponds that line the longest river in Alberta, the Athabaska River. The ponds are already leaking over 11 million litres a day of heavily contaminated water into the environment. Approximately 8000 ducks drown in those ponds annually. So the mission of these pictures is to attract attention to the terrible environmental issues that oil sands production cause to our planet.
[Above, row 3]
Rio Tinto mines are known to be one of the oldest in the world. They stand as silent proof of how humans mistreat nature in order to gain profit. Gold, copper and other ore has been tirelessly extracted for over 5000 years. What aggravates its environmental impact is that Rio Tinto river shores are only 20 kilometres away from the mines and acid drainage brings heavy metals into the water which causes severe environmental problems in the area. Nowadays Rio Tinto is a touristic spot and at the same time - still an active mining place.
[Above, row 4]
Donovan Quintero, Untitled, 2011–2021, 2:16 mins. Photography and excerpts from Navajo Times articles “Delegates Tour Drought-Stricken Rez” and “Making it Rain.”
Matthew Ritchie, Life Clock, 2022
Regan Rosburg, dear future, 2020, 5:11 mins. Short film featuring letters from Everything is Fine. Designed, edited, and produced by the artist.