A group exhibition curated by American artist Alexis Rockman and Katherine Gass Stowe that includes approximately twenty-five artists and over thirty paintings, photographs, works on paper and sculptures by Ansel Adams, Carl Andre, Richard Artschwager, Olivo Barbieri, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Katherine Bradford, Olafur Eliasson, Mitch Epstein, Dan Flavin, Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin, Michael Joo, Anselm Kiefer, Guillermo Kuitca, Marcin Maciejowski, Richard Misrach, Shirin Neshat, Sven Pahlsson, Robert Rauschenberg, Alexis Rockman, Ed Ruscha, Wilhelm Sasnal, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Michael Wolf selected from the Hall and Hall Art Foundation collections.
Rockman and Gass Stowe define “The Solace of Amnesia” as a craving to forget as a form of comfort and self-medication. Recognizing that the planet is in an age of profound environmental transformation, we find ourselves estranged and alienated from the ecosystems in which we evolved. How do we reconcile our knowledge of what is happening, our behavior, and political policies that undermine our best interests and our future? The continued loss of bio and ecophilia - our love for and central relationship to the natural world - has become something we deny even as we grow more acutely melancholic in this time of open political hostility to the realities of climate change. The intergenerational problems we are causing now will change the world in ways we can’t imagine. Yet, as author, environmentalist and activist Bill McKibben has said, “There is a tendency at every important but difficult crossroad to pretend it’s not really there.” (The End of Nature, 1989). The selected works explore some of the ecological, socio-political and psychological aspects of life in our world today.