McGinnis to Showcase Multiple Art Exhibits

Posted on 9/25/2012 5:15:32 PM

Chris McGinnis, of the IUP Department of Art, will be exhibiting several of his works at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts and the University of Arizona Museum of Art.

McGinnis’ sculptural installation “Greenhouse Project” will be displayed as part of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts’ “Utopia/Dystopia” from December 21, 2012, to February 17, 2013, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Our society operates under a continual sense of fear. Threats of tsunamis, earthquakes, tribal warfare, and violent extremism circulate through mass-produced imagery and perpetuate a cultural landscape racked with apprehension. As the Mayan calendar predicts that the end of the world is coming on December 21, mass media promotes yet another fantastic apocalyptic scenario. This exhibition imagines our future geopolitical landscape—with optimism and utopian hope or cynicism and dystopian fear.

McGinnis’ body of work “Surveys Revisited” will be shown at the University of Arizona Museum of Art from November 9, 2012, through April 2013. This exhibition is part of DI:D1, a creative collaboration that brings together more than 30 leading museums, cultural centers and organizations, universities, and public agencies connecting the Chihuahuan, Sonoran, Mojave and Great Basin Deserts to present innovative interdisciplinary investigations of the desert, including exhibitions, lectures, and commissions.

DI:D1 events and programs will take place throughout the region between September 2012 through April 2013 and engages diverse local, regional, and international audiences in consideration of desert issues and cultures.