Open to the Public
Badlands is an exhibition organized by the Professional Art Society of Stanford that grapples with issues of the environment and environmental justice. The show engages arts students, faculty and professionals as well as indigenous student communities and students from the Earth Systems Program.
The show runs from May 1 through May 13 (May Day through Mother’s Day) at the O’Donohue Family Stanford Educational Farm.
The organizers write:
The Professional Art Society of Stanford invites you Badlands, an exhibition of art and celebration of environmental justice! See photographs from Standing Rock taken by award-winning artist Josué Rivas, matched with art from Stanford faculty and MFA students including Gail Wight, Livien Yin, Natani Notah and Sean Howe. The show grapples with the interaction of art and earth, particularly as it involves environmental justice. The show engages arts students, indigenous student communities and students from the Earth Systems Program. Badlands considers several themes. What does it mean to be responsible for the earth? What does it mean to witness history? What is the role of art in promoting truth?
‘When one lives in a society where people can no longer rely on the institutions to tell them the truth, the truth must come from culture and art.’
Josué Rivas began his first lecture at Stanford with these words from the indigenous activist John Trudell. Josué had spent the previous year documenting outrage as the Dakota Access Pipeline cut through the protected lands of Standing Rock. He was a witness to history. Josué captured images of protesters in gas masks and subzero temperatures, but he also captured moments of intense love and tenderness. His photographs from Standing Rock walk the line between art and journalism. They articulate a new vocabulary of environmentalism born from grassroots organizing and personal conviction. They are both urgent and timeless, and they will open the Badlands art show from May 1 through May 13 at the O'Donohue Family Stanford Educational Farm.