Reading the Gallery | Level Earth

November 20, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Reading the Gallery

Over the 2019-2020 season, the Union Gallery will be hosting a reading group in conjunction with each exhibition. By collectively reading a short text out loud, followed by an informal conversation, we will explore the critical relationship between art and theory. In reading and thinking together we will consider the ways in which galleries can be sites of knowledge production and dissemination, and offer us ways to situate our practices as scholars, students and artists.

These events are free and open to the public. All are encouraged and welcome to attend. There is no need to read the text in advance, copies of the readings will be provided.

Reading the Gallery II: Level Earth

Wednesday, November 20, 6:30pm

The exhibition Level Earth asks us to respond to climate crisis as an urgent issue, where the human and human activity are a definitive force in the earth’s geology and ecosystems. This iteration of our reading group asks us to consider the ways we are implicated in the crisis we find ourselves in, and how art offers a means to respond to this crisis.

As a means of approaching these questions we will be reading “At the Radical Edge of Life” by Andrew Brown. This text is the introduction to the book Art & Ecology Now, a survey of ecology focused art from the earth works of the 1960’s to contemporary practice. In reading this introduction, we will consider the ways artists have grappled with nature and ecology historically, so that we may situate our practices today, and the potential role for art and artists in addressing the climate crisis.

For more information, visit or contact us at