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ExhibitionPlastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials

Sep 13, 2019–Jan 5, 2020

Plastic entanglements piece

Exhibition Overview

Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials features contemporary artwork investigating the complex cultural and material nexus that is “Plastic.” Organized around the curatorial concept of entanglement – which describes the literal entanglements of animals and plastic detritus as well as the plasticity of global networks – the exhibition assembles artistic investigations of humanity’s reliance on a material that is at once ubiquitous and, for that reason, virtually invisible. Featuring an international array of emerging and mid-career artists, Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials argues that plastic globally entangles categories of the aesthetic, the ethical, the material, the technological, and the critical.

a bookshelf of colorful plastics


Morehshin AllahyariIfeoma U. AnyaejiHan BingDianna CohenWillie ColeBonnie ColluraGisela ColonEmmanuel Bakary DaouMark DionKatrin HornekKelly JazvacChris JordanBrian JungenPamela LongobardiSteve McPhersonZanele MuholiVik MunizMatthew NorthridgeAurora RobsonEvelyn RydzTejal ShahJessica StockholderRebecca StrzelecAnn TarantinoChristine WertheimMargaret WertheimDeb Todd WheelerKelly WoodPinar Yoldas, and Marina Zurkow.

Programming & Financial Support

Organized by the Palmer Museum of Art of The Pennsylvania State University, and is supported at the Chazen by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts