Exist, Flourish, Evolve
Mueller Family Gallery, Cohen Family Gallery, Kohl Atrium
Jul 7-Dec 31, 2023
Andrea Bowers, Installation view at MCA Chicago, 2021.
Andrea Bowers, Courtesy Fondazione Furla
moCa is working with Cleveland-raised artist Andrea Bowers on a large-scale campaign—Exist, Flourish, Evolve—to build awareness and action around the dangers facing Lake Erie and all of the Great Lakes ecosystems. For several years, Bowers has been collaborating with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) and activist Tish O’Dell, who assisted community-led legislation for the Lake Erie Bill of Rights (LEBOR) in Toledo, Ohio. This is the first Rights of Nature law recognizing the rights of a specific ecosystem in the United States. moCa will present a new film and works in relation to this project, alongside a series of public programs inviting audiences to engage with local climate and environmental concerns and community issues together.
This project is supported by a Public Art grant through the VIA Art Fund.
About the Artist
Andrea Bowers (b. 1964, Ohio) is a Los Angeles-based artist who has been recording and amplifying the work of activists present and past for more than two decades. Her multi-media practice includes drawing, video, sculpture, and installation work that foregrounds the experience of the people who dedicate their time and energy to the struggle for gender, racial, environmental, labor, and immigration justice and those who are directly affected by systemic inequality. Over time, her different bodies of work have become a document of the changing language, prerogatives, and dynamics of social justice movements. In 2021 a major mid-career survey of Bowers’s work curated by Michael Darling and Connie Butler opened at the MCA Chicago and traveled to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles in 2022. Other recent solo exhibitions include Grief and Hope, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany and Light and Gravity, Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen, Germany. In September 2022, Bowers opened a solo exhibition including both new and existing work at the Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Milano as part of an exhibition program organized by the Fondazione Furla. Bowers is represented by Vielmetter Los Angeles, Andrew Kreps Gallery, Kaufmann Repetto, and Jessica Silverman Gallery.