Artists Judy Chicago and Swoon, supercurator Hans Ulrich Obrist, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, actor and activist Jane Fonda, and the planet guardians at Greenpeace have all teamed up on an international call for Earth-centric art. Though best known for her feminist activism as the creator of the sculptural manifesto The Dinner Party, Chicago’s practice in land art and engagement with environmental justice goes back just as far — at least to her Greenpeace poster project in the 1980’s.
Now #CreateArtForEarth, a global creative campaign anchored at Serpentine Gallery in London, calls on artists to address the climate crisis in order to inspire action. In tandem with those efforts, Judy Chicago and Turner Carroll Gallery in Santa Fe are organizing a VR-based online art exhibition and a physical exhibition, both opening on June 20. Solstice: Create Art for Earth coincides with the summer solstice, and has issued a call to artists from around the world to submit artworks in all media that “envision a better future for the earth.”
Artists submitting work to the #CreateArtForEarth project are being asked to weigh the following questions when putting their submissions together: “What are the major problems facing the world today? Can you create an image or images depicting those challenges? What kind of world would you like to see? How can we achieve that? Can you picture a world of equality and justice?”
Submissions are due by June 1 and Chicago and Tonya Turner Carroll will select and curate, and works will be available for sale through Turner Carroll Gallery, with 10% of proceeds supporting Through the Flower, the nonprofit founded by Chicago in 1977 with the mission to “counter the erasure of women’s achievements through art.”
Artists should submit images and an accompanying video describing their work, process, and inspiration using a multiple-image post on Instagram and tagged #CreateArtForEarth and @turnercarrollgallery, no later than June 1. For more information and full submission guidelines, please visit turnercarrollgallery.com.