Like The Waters, We Rise: Climate Justice in Print

Nov. 21, 2019 Nathan Cummings Foundation and Interference Archive

The Natural History Museum is pleased to take part in this group exhibition at the Nathan Cummings Foundation and the Interference Archive in New York City. The posters, signs and banners we developed for the March for Science will be on display.

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The Nathan Cummings Foundation and the Interference Archive are pleased to announce the opening of Like the Waters, We Rise: Climate Justice in Print, an exhibition launching a celebration of the bold, graphic work of print-based artists who are on the frontlines of our Climate Justice movement.

It has been one year since the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported that we have just 12 years to limit the devastating effects of global warming. In order to protect future generations, a profound cultural, economic and social transformation must take place. The role of art is at the heart of this transformation, integral to the public dissemination of ideas, inspiration, and knowledge. We are proud to showcase such a timely and compelling exhibition, narrating some of the key moments throughout Climate Justice history where the work of graphic art has helped to shine a light and propel us forward.

Like the Waters, We Rise will include a selection of print-based work that documents the contemporary Climate Justice Movement (2005-present), which is in truth a movement made up of movements, illuminating the many struggles, flashpoints, and victories by which communities have taken collective action. Following the exhibition at NCF, the Interference Archive will host a partnering exhibition opening on February 20th. It will showcase a collection of archival prints representing a historical legacy of movements that have led to our current conversation on Climate Justice. Together the two exhibits will create a rich, visual tapestry of the legacies and struggles chronicled in the work of artists who are using bold, publicly placed graphics to bring urgent and inspiring messages to the attention of the public.

Coupled with a series of programs and complementary catalogues, the exhibitions will look through the lens of graphic history to elucidate the important intersectional themes of the climate justice movement, as well as the diverse, creative tactics used by artists and cultural organizers to galvanize public sentiment. Movements including the indigenous sovereignty movement, immigration, faith, student divestment and more, will be featured as a means to point to ways in which we must act now amidst a quickly developing climate crisis. On display will be printed posters, banners, patches and flags on fabric, and larger-scale wheat-pasted works, as well as specially-commissioned installations.

Artists include: AgitArte, Nikila Badua, Bemba PR, Rae Breaux, Mona Caron, Hannah Chalew, Onaman Collective, Kate DeCiccio, Alec Dunn, Design Action Group, Dignidad Rebelde, Extinction Rebellion, Juan R Fuentes, Gan Golan, Lacy Hale, Aaron Hughes, Jakarundi Graphics, LMNOP, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, Nicolas Lampert, Cesar Maxit, Saiya Miller, Dylan Miner, Sunrise Movement, The Natural History Museum, Peter Pa, Paperhand Puppet Intervention, Sadie Red Wing, David Solnit, Chip Thomas, Rommy Torrico, Jessica Sabogal, Rachel Schragis, Jess X Snow, Meredith Stern, Eleanor Warner, Josiah Werning, Ernesto Yerena, Bec Young.

The exhibition runs through April 17th and is a partnership between Nathan Cummings Foundation and Interference Archive, and is curated by independent curator, Raquel de Anda.

Raquel de Anda is an independent curator and cultural producer based in Brooklyn, NY. De Anda began her career as Associate Curator at Galería de la Raza, a contemporary Latino arts organization in San Francisco, CA (2003-2010). Her work spans a variety of practices, including producing trans-media film-based projects, organizing public interventions and mass mobilizations and curating exhibitions at museums, galleries and alternative art spaces across the country.

This event is free and open to the public. To set up an appointment to visit the exhibit, contact exhibits@nathancummings.org.