Opening Celebration of Mirage: Energy, Water and Creativity in the Great Basin

Thu, Jun 13th, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

5:00pm - 6:00pm

June 2019

Sun Valley Center for the Arts | Ketchum location

191 5th Street East, Ketchum, ID, 83340

Sun Valley Center for the Arts

Join us as we celebrate the opening of Mirage. The exhibition considers the Great Basin, defined by its closed watershed system, as a uniquely dynamic landscape and source of regenerative power—a place for resource extraction, renewable energy, and creativity. Immediately following the opening celebration, guests are invited to enjoy a lively panel discussion about landscape as a subject for artists in 21st-century America, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Defined geographically by the fact that it is a closed system, its rivers draining internally rather than to the sea, the Great Basin is a vast expanse of land covering much of the American West. The exhibition uses the idea of a closed watershed system as a metaphor for thinking about this uniquely dynamic landscape as a source of regenerative power: a place of resource extraction and renewable energy, a place that has long generated creativity (including Land Art works), and a place of shifting boundaries. The Great Basin is also a place of contradictions, of mystery and obscurity. It is a place that has long inspired artists drawn to its paradoxes. Each of the participating artists presents work that considers the Great Basin from a different point of view.

Mirage: Energy, Water and Creativity in the Great Basin is sponsored in part by grants from the Robert Lehman Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Exhibition on view Jun 12-Aug 23, 2019.

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