Under the Microscope... with Claire Pentecost

Curious to know what’s in your own backyard? Drop by with a soil sample of your own (in a plastic bag or jar) to examine under the microscope! Artist Claire Pentecost will guide your exploration within her immersive installation, “Our Bodies, Our Soils.”

Can’t make it this Friday? Claire will be at DPAM on Feb 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, and April 3, and 24, all from 2 – 5 p.m.

Soil Matters: Art and Science in conversation

April 8. 6 – 8 p.m.

Art and Science conversation: Soil Matters

Join us for a conversation with Claire Pentecost, a Chicago-based artist, writer and professor of photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago;and Liam Heneghan, professor of Environmental Science and Studies at DePaul University. Bringing their perspectives on art and science, Pentecost and Heneghan will discuss soil as the source of ecological diversity and its importance in maintaining an environment that can continue to sustain us.

Free and open to the public.

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Jenny Kendler: Performance + Conversation

April 11
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.

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