5 tables of Art and Climate Change

oil paintings of ships with sails and smokestacks

Unknown artist, Marine Scene, 1840. Oil on canvas, 15 3/2 x 23 1/4 in. Gift of Bliss Carnochan and Nancy Edebo, 1974.23.

November 3, 2023

What can art, architecture, design, and performance practices offer to current debates on climate change and environmental justice? Curated by students in UC Berkeley Professor Sugata Ray’s Fall 2023 College of Letters & Science First-Year Pathways course Art and Climate Change, this Five Tables presentation highlights artworks in the BAMPFA collection that reflect, mediate, and delve into the interconnected ecologies of life. It also highlights undergraduate students who are engaging with hands-on projects at the museum as part of coursework.

From early modern landscapes to colonial photography, contemporary art to eco-activism, the presentation moves across space and time to explore both decolonial histories and radical futures that are attentive to Indigenous epistemologies, interspecies friendships, the desires of nonhuman life forms, and other minor ways of being in alterity that have been marginalized by colonialism, capitalism, and the economies of natural resource extraction.