Jenny Kendler: Performance + Conversation
Performance 1-3 p.m.
Lecture 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Milkweed Dispersal Balloons
Join Jenny Kendler, Natural Resources Defense Council artist-in-residence, for the Chicago debut of “Milkweed Dispersal Balloons.” Kendler will bring a specially designed monarch butterfly food cart to the DePaul Art Museum, dispensing butterfly food and creating new connections between people and the natural world. Kendler will distribute biodegradable balloons filled with floating cloud-like milkweed seeds to families and individuals passing by. Participants in the project are asked to become the agents of seed dispersal by popping the balloons, thereby releasing the milkweed seeds into their neighborhoods.
Following the performance, join Kendler, NRDC senior attorney Rebecca Riley, and NRDC manager of art partnerships Elizabeth Corr for a discussion and Q&A examining the relationship between the decline of monarch butterflies and pesticide use, as well as the role that artists play in amplifying environmental messages and promoting biodiversity. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Giovanni Aloi, editor in chief of the Antennae Project.
Free and open to the public.