In collaboration with
University of Pennsylvania
June 9, 2012 MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN Talking Dirty: A Salon Discussion on Dirt in Art and Design in conjunction with the Museum of Arts and Design exhibit, Swept Away: Dust, Ashes, and Dirt in Contemporary Art and Design
Artists, students, educators, journalists and enthusiasts gathered at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City on June 9th, 2012 to for panels discussion on the use of dirt in art. The program coincided with MADs exhibition, “Swept Away: Dust, Ashes, and Dirt in Contemporary Art and Design.”
The discussion began with the introduction of three recent publications on dirt, The New Earthworks (ISC press), Swept Away (MAD exhibit catalogue) and Dirt (Viabooks). A panel discussion, moderated by Johannah Hutchison, Director of the ISC, engaged artists Jorge Otero-Pialos, James Croak, and Margaret Boozer, and her soil scientist collaborator Dr. Richard Shaw, in a discussion about the process, ethics, politics, and purpose of using dirt, dust, or soil as an art medium. An audience Q &A allowed audience members to ask more directed questions about each artist’s work and philosophy.
After the panel, guests continued the conversation at a private reception on the 7th floor of the Museum of Arts and Design, overlooking the Columbus Circle Fountain.
Moderator Johannah Hutchison, Margaret Booker, Dr. Richard Shaw, Jorge Otero-Pialos, and James Croak
James Croak. Persistence of Modernism. 2012. Cast dirt figures in office. 14X14X10
Correlation Drawing/ Drawing Correlations contains soil samples from all 5 boroughs, extracted over the span of 15 years, for the recently completed New York City Reconnaissance Soil Survey. The soils came to me from Dr. Richard K. Shaw, soil scientist for Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and former Project Leader for the NYC Soil Survey Program, who graciously agreed to collaborate with me on this project.