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

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

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
208-726-9491

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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