Oliver Ressler – Catastrophe Bonds


About the Exhibition:

The exhibition Catastrophe Bonds is the first survey of Oliver Ressler‘s work in the United States. It will be on view in the Bush Art Center Galleries at St. Norbert College, and the Lawton Gallery at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. The exhibition focuses on forms of grassroots democracy as well as economic and political alternatives to the existing state of global affairs. A key unifying theme running through the work is envisioning and attempting to enact new forms of vibrant social and economic democracy where all voices are welcomed in the deliberative process. This theme is explored through documentary work highlighting grassroots organizing efforts, video interviews with contemporary thinkers on alternative social and economic models and their historical precedents, and through an examination of the pressures that the current catastrophes of climate change and emergency migration are having on western representative democracies.

This exhibition was curated by Brandon Bauer, Associate Professor of Art, St. Norbert College, in association with Shan Bryan-Hanson, curator of Art Galleries and Collections, St. Norbert College, and Kate Mothes, curator of the Lawton Art Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The exhibition will be accompanied by a book published by the Art Department at St. Norbert College and edited by Brandon Bauer.

Public Events, St. Norbert College:

Thursday, March 1:
4:00 pm – Art, Social Action, and Grassroots Democracy, Panel Discussion sponsored by the Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice, and Public Understanding, Michels Commons Ballroom

5:00 – 7:00 pm – Exhibition Opening Reception with a special opening night screening of The Right of Passage, Bush Art Center Galleries

Thursday, March 22:
2:00 pm – Take the Square, Film Screening, Bush Art Center 130

Public Events, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay:

Friday, March 2:
2:00 pm – Art, Globalization, and Social Justice, Global Studies Roundtable Sponsored by Global Studies, Political Science, and the International Visiting Scholars Program, MAC Hall 111

4:30 pm – Oliver Ressler Gallery Talk, Lawton Gallery

5:00 – 7:00 pm – Exhibition Opening Reception, Lawton Gallery


Wednesday, March 21:
6:00 pm – What is Democracy?, Film Screening, Lawton Gallery

Click here for a 11×17 Exhibition Poster

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