A Year of Public Water examines the complex history of NYC's drinking watershed, bringing attention to the often
unseen labor that people, along with the broader ecological community, undertake to care for water. As the U.S.
experiences a heightened health, economic, environmental, and water poverty crisis, millions of people face
obstacles to access safe, clean running water daily. Agricultural runoff, byproducts of disinfection agents, as well
as aging infrastructure like lead pipes have contaminated drinking water, especially in BIPOC and low-income
communities. Addressing environmental, health, and economic conditions in and around New York City’s watershed
and public water system is a vital precondition for the creation of a more just present and future for upstream and
downstream New Yorkers. A Year of Public Water is an invitation to examine our relationship to water in order to
co-build more equitable partnerships between downstream water-receiving communities and upstream
water-source communities. public-water.com
Ecotopian Library at the University Art Museum at CU Boulder
Swale has been covered in outlets including: Associated Press | New York Times 2017 | Art in America |
Hyperallergic | Metro NY | Smithsonian | Atlantic | Morning News USA | Wall Street Journal | ABC | NY1 |
CBS | BBC | BBC World | CNN World | Surface Magazine | Brooklyn Based | New York Times 2018
"Waterfront Development" on Art 21 New York Close Up and in Art in America
House and Universe: Artforum | ArtNews | Art in America 1 - 2 - 3 | New York Times | New Yorker | Interview Magazine
"Mary Mattingly Owns Up" on Art 21 New York Close Up
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November 14, the Catalog for Overview Effect curated by Blanca De la Torre and Zoran Eric at MOCA Belgrade comes out along with a soft opening of the exhibition.
July 21, This new “Earth Issue” shares parts of the Wearable Homes project I worked on in-depth from 2001-2008. I started making wearable sculptures in 2001. They incorporated very personal concerns about a growing lack of access to clean water with future speculations about sea level rise and ecological instability.
June 30, This week a Year of Public Water launched with @moreartnyc. A Year of Public Water is an invitation to examine our relationship to water in order to co-build more equitable partnerships between downstream water-receiving communities and upstream water-source communities. Join us each week for a new release of content including research, guest interviews, and calls to action. Click the link in our bio to access public-water.com or follow #YearOfPublicWater
June 23rd, Performative Ecologies opens in Santa Fe
2019: December 12, I spent the fall working towards the Ecotopian Library: www.ecotopianlibrary.com at UofC Boulder doing a fellowship with the University Art Museum.
On July 15 Stormy Weather opened at Museum Arnhem in the Netherlands: https://www.museumarnhem.nl/tentoonstellingen/stormy-weather/
On August 10th, an exhibition I organized based on mining the museum's collection opens at the Mystic Seaport Museum titled Open Ocean. It's supported by the Henry Luce and Chipstone Foundations.
On April 22nd, I'll be speaking at an Aperture Conversations panel at the New School led by Eva Diaz.
On April 7th I'll be speaking all week at the Conference on World Affairs, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
In February, "Soil Stories" and "Land Library" both open at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. Stop in and bring us some soil!
In January please take part in Soil Stories workshops with me and Triple Canopy.
On December, Art in the Age of the Anthropocene opens at the Harn Museum.
On May 19th, Indicators: Artists on Climate Change will open at Storm King.
On April 19th, "Because For Now We Still Have Poetry" will open at Robert Mann Gallery.
On April 12th and 13th I'll be at the Des Moines Art Center presenting "The Supply Chain and the Sublime" as well as performing on the Art Center's grounds.
From March 5 - April 5 I'll be in residence at the Rauschenberg Foundation's Captiva Residency in Florida.
On January 27th, I'll be presenting Swale at 2pm at the 92nd St. Y in Manhattan as part of a Future Cities conference.
On January 19th Land/Trust opens at Maryland Institute of Contemporary Art in Baltimore from 6-8pm.
On January 11th, I'll be speaking at the Provincetown Art Center in MA at 6pm.
On November 16th at 6pm "Food is Love: Tanya Fields, Ben Hall, and Mary Mattingly in Conversation" will be held at the 8th Floor in Manhattan.
On October 6th, "I'll Go On" opens at Watkins College of Art in Nashville, TN.
On September 30th, "Everything At Once" opens in Boulder, Colorado with Boulder Public Art and Boulder Creative Collective.
On September 7th, WANDERLUST: ACTIONS, TRACES, JOURNEYS 1967-2017 opens at University of Buffalo's UB Art Gallery. The exhibition will be on view at the UB Art Galleries from September 7-December 31, 2017 and travel to the Des Moines Art Center in February 2018. The catalogue, published by MIT Press, includes essays by Jane McFadden, Lori Waxman and Rachel Adams. Wanderlust: Actions, Traces, and Journeys 1967-2017 is organized by the University at Buffalo Art Galleries, Buffalo, New York and curated by Rachel Adams, UB Art Galleries Senior Curator.
In June I'll be artist in residence at Monet's Garden in Giverny, France.
April 27, Swale is part of a national campaign "Nature Remix" in a partnership with Strongbow Ciders. Through this partnership, we were able to add 200 new plant varieties to Swale including 8 apple trees, terraform more growing space, and, most importantly, continue Swale's mission of providing free food for anyone to pick from. This partnership also expands our public-facing initiatives of building stewardship throughout New York CIty.<
This year, Swale, along with many community groups, has also made policy-facing strides.The New York City Department of Parks will break ground on its first public food forest on land, creating a precedent that parts ways with a 100-year old law stating that picking food from public land in NYC is considered destruction of property.
April 15, I'm thrilled to be speaking at the University of Pennsylvania as part of the Ecotopian Toolkit Conference, organized by Bethany Wiggin and Environmental Humanities fellow Patricia Kim, among other inspiring people. Headlining this conference are Rebecca Solnit and Laura Raicovich, to name a few!
On November 3rd I'll be completing a residency at the University of Michigan's Institute for the Humanities. Objects Unveiled: Boxing, Rolling, Stretching, and Cutting opens November 9th. I'll also be lecturing as part of the Penny Stamps Lecture Series on November 9th.
On August 26th I'll be at the University of Southern Florida Contemporary Art Museum for a panel discussion and the opening of "Extracted" curated by Megan Voeller, in Tampa, FL
On June 1, Swale will officially become part of the New York City Urban Field Station. The USDA Forest Service and NYC Department of Parks and Recreation engaged in a planning process to bring artists and writers into the fold of the New York City Urban Field Station (UFS). The UFS is both a physical place to conduct research (the research facility at Fort Totten) and a network of scientists, practitioners, university partners, and facilities that focus on urban ecology. Since its founding in 2006, the UFS has engaged over 30 non-profit, academic, and government partners creating “research in action” programs to support urban ecosystem management and sustainability initiatives in New York City.
On April 21, I'll be speaking at the University of Vermont's Department of Art at 5pm. Report
April 15, Make Art Not War opens at MoMA Education! Report
March 23rd, I'll be in Albany, NY for a lecture titled "Co-creative Encounters: Ecosystems, Place, and the Political" Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
March 9th, I'll be lecturing at William Paterson University at 2pm, at the Center for New Art.
March 2-7, I'll be in Anchorage working on phase 1 of our Arctic Food Forest at the Anchorage Museum.
In February I'll be working @ MoMA Education offering: Make Art Not War - Transforming Military Materials into Social Spaces: Through design workshops and collaborative projects, participants will reinvent a disused military-grade trailer, turning an object of war into an all-encompassing artistic and social environment. What new space can this object become? Participants are in charge of every step of the process, from budgeting to designing to assembling and more.
February 24, I'll be at Purchase College speaking about my work and meeting with graduate students.
February 5, I'll be presenting at CAA for a panel moderated by Carissa Carman and Natalie Campbell, "MetaMentors: Creative Outsourcing/Partnerships: Making Big Projects Come True"
January 13th, the Tangible Utopias panel will take place at the 8th Floor. I'll moderate a conversation between Lex Brown, Dylan Gauthier, and Sasha Chavchavadze; organized by Joelle Te Paske.
This semester I'll be teaching a course at Rutgers designed by Elizabeth Demaray, Art and Urban Sustainability.
On November 19th at 6pm, I'll be at Pratt Institute to host a conversation about speculative futures.
On November 5th at noon, I'll present my work at Rutgers Camden.
On November 4th at 7pm, I'll present my work at Parsons School of Design, open to the public.
On October 27th, I'll be part of a roundtable discussion at the University of Pennsylvania for PPEH's "Performance, Politics and Climate Change Symposium" with Dr. Bethany Wiggin, Sarah Sanford, Sarah Ann Standing, Professor Marcia Ferguson, and Quinn Bauriedel.
In Late September I'll be in Toronto launching Torus as part of Nuit Blanche curated by Christine Shaw "The Work of the Wind". Join us for a workshop that asks: In an era of schizophrenia, can art still bring us closer towards embodying the world we want? Extractive production and excessive consumption have become as violent as military activity. In this workshop we will extract consumption, gift in excess, and discuss ways that art, performance, and ritual can make spaces for mourning environmental loss. Through dialogue, diagramming, making and sharing rituals, we will task ourselves with re-mapping systems of the post-industrial/higher education/military complex, and draft steps towards forming the spaces we want to inhabit. We will spend time assembling a meditative space for a performance on the water that will take place during Nuit Blanche. During our time together we will continually question the following: Can we create more mindful rituals that point towards change? Could we spend more time discussing change with the choir? In an era of schizophrenia, can art still bring us closer towards embodying the world we want?
This fall I'll be an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Pratt Institute's MFA program.
August 18th, I'll be at Slought Foundation in Philadelphia for a public discussion about the Schuylkill River.
July 28th, "Access to Tools" with Triple Canopy goes live HERE. I'll be in the studio but working online.
In July and August I'll be in New York working towards Swale.
From July 14 - 20th I'll be in Rushville, NE participating in the Sandhills Institute led by Mel Ziegler.
In Late May/Early June I will be in Des Moines creating "Wading Bridge". Des Moines Register.
This May I will participate in an initiative with the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana as part of the 12th annual Havana Biennial with a collaborative sculpture called "Pull". New York Times | NPR | Artnet | China Post | LA Times - Download the PDF for Pull - Here.
On April 18th I'll participate in a panel at AIPAD organized by Wesley Miller. On April 17th, I will speak with Brainard Carey at "Interviews from Yale University Radio WYBCX" April 15th the Philadelphia Sculptors Guild is hosting a panel I'll participate in with Carrie Brown, Lucy Begg, and Nicole Kistler. On April 14th I'll participate in a panel on Art for Social Change through the Democracy Alliance alongside Brett Cook, Favianna Rodriguez, and Tracy Van Slyke. On April 13th I'll speak at Rutgers University with Elizabeth Demaray.
In mid March: I'm in Havana building an ecosystem for Pull.
On February 21st I'll participate in Creative Chemistries: Radical Practices for Art and Education with Art21, organized by Jess Hamlin, at the Park Avenue Armory in New York.
"WetLand: Inhabiting the Edge" opens at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education on Wednesday, January 28th. Alongside Bethany Wiggin, Mary Salvante, and Maya van Rossum, I'll talk about the project for the SCEE's On the Edge: Environmental Art for a Changing Planet: The Fourth Annual Richard L. James Lecture.
On January 27th, "Consumed" opens. University Art Museum at the University of California Long Beach.
On January 22 Collective Actions opens at SECCA in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Collective Actions is curated by Cora Fisher. On January 30th I'll begin a five day workshop as part of Collective Actions. NY1
This semester I'll teach at Cooper Union, with a class titled: Place and Identity: Politics, Ethics, and Aesthetics.
In mid-January I will be an artist-in-residence at Cannonball (formerly LegalArt). On January 21st Stan Cox, lead scientist at the Land Institute will talk with me in an open forum at Cannonball.
November 9 - I'll be in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia for Artisterium curated by Magda Guruli and Lydia Matthews.
November 1 - 29th, I will be at Lightwork to participate as an Artist-in-Residence and complete a book.
From October 6 -12th I'll be in Alaska attending "Week of the Arctic" a conference that is the basis of a longer-term collaboration with the Anchorage Museum.
On October 5th, I'll have new work in Mediations at the San Diego Art Institute, curated by Ginger Shulick Porcella and Denise Carvalho.
On September 15th, my work will be in FALSEWORK at Blackwood Gallery curated by Christine Shaw with artists Adrian Blackwell, Abbas Akhavan, Cedric Bomford, Cyprien Gaillard, Dylan Miner, Postcommodity, Laurel Ptak, Charles Stankievech and Allora & Calzadilla.
August - September, WetLand launches in Philadelphia with FringeArts, the Knight Foundation, the Seaport Museum, DRWC, PWD, Skidmutro, the city of Philadelphia and others. The New York Times | The Philadelphia Inquirer | Philadelphia Weekly | Philly Mag | Philly.com | Philadelphia City Paper | Art in America.
On July 11th I'll be speaking with the Art21 Summer Education Institute
On June 29th I'll be on a panel with Nick Ravich, Jacolby Satterwhite, Melissa Levin, and Bryan Zanisnik about Art21's New York Close Up series with LMCC and the River to River Festival.
June 24th I'll be at New York Arts Practicum.
June 11 & 12 - I'm hosting a workshop "From Useful to Useless: Transforming Stuff" organized with the Curatorial Studies program of the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, the Education Department of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Hudson Guild for Common Spaces.
May 31 - June 29th CAFKA Biennial Toronto/Kitchener with June 14, an all-day participatory performance.
May 7 - With Brian Zegeer and Katayoun Vizari for their radio show I Ran into Iran - Episode 9 Divorcing the Ruin
April 4 - 6 - I'm in Buffalo, NY speaking at Performing Economies, a colloquium led by Stephanie Rothenberg and Paige Sarlin with Sarah Bey-Cheng. Other speakers include philosopher Silvia Federici and artist Renee Ridgway. In the news: Artvoice | Buffalo News 1 | Buffalo News 2
March 27 - 31st, I'll be visiting Cannonball (formerly Legal Art) in Miami to explore sites for a future project.
March 24 - I'll be in North Caroline giving a lecture at UNC-Pembroke with Greg Lindquist and UNC-Greensboro.
Proposal 1 - Dropping the Small Ball
This March I'm participating in Thirst with Proteus Gowanus and Lydia Matthews. Download a PDF of Food and Water Networks HERE
January 26 - 31st, I'll be the resident artist at the University of Illinois Allen Hall
January 24, 6-8pm: Opening of Distant Images Local Positions at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts with Haseeb Ahmed and Daniel Baird, Hasan Elahi, Annie Laurie Erickson, Regina Mamou, Trevor Paglen, Travis LeRoy Southworth, and Scott Patrick Wiener. | New York Art Beat | Afterimage
January 2014 - December 2014 I'll start a research fellowship at viralnet.net, a project led by the Center for Integrated Media at CalArts
December 17, 6pm: Lonny Grafman's Engineering 215 class. They have completed their projects for WetLand. Look at Appropedia for open source project plans
December 6 @ 1pm on Bad At Sports from Pulse Miami
December 5, 4pm: Panel with Brolab moderated by Terence Riley at Untitled Art Fair, Miami: Pooneh Maghazehe, Meyken Barreto, and Ghost of a Dream
November 11, 6-8pm: Artist Lecture at Emerging Practices, University of Buffalo
October 1, 6pm: Panel at A Blade of Grass, The Active Partnership: Artists, Communities, Funders & Institutions, with Sergio Bessa, Marie Canela, and Bill Adair
September 6, 6pm: House and Universe opens at Robert Mann Gallery, New York, NY. See it in the news: Artforum | ArtNews | Art in America 1 - 2 - 3 | New York Times | New Yorker | Interview Magazine | Hyperallergic | Artslant | Artsy | Art-Rated | Brooklyn Rail |
July 20 @ Pier 42: Triple Island launches with Community Day
June 1 - February 2014: I'm working out of a LMCC Process Space on Wall Street.
May 29, 6pm: @ Philadelphia Museum of Art for The James L. Knight Foundation Grant
January 30, 5-7pm: Opening @ Rowan University, "Common Interests" curated by Sara Reisman
November 9, 5pm: Opening of Broken Desert: Land and Sea and panel discussion with Greg Lindquist and Chris McGinnis, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
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