Art&: The Poetics of Atmosphere

Thursday, April 7, 2022,

Hybrid: In-person at the Colby College Museum of Art | Virtual via Zoom

Siera Hyte, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art, will be in conversation with Dave Epstein, meteorologist, and Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves, poet, about the exhibition, The Poetics of Atmosphere: Lorna Simpson’s Cloudscape and Other Works from the Collection. The conversation will bring together the ways Greaves and Epstein frame weather, climate, and the environment in their research, and how visual art, poetry, and scientific disciplines can intersect and inform each other. The program will conclude with a brief poetry reading by Greaves, followed by a Q&A and a 7 pm reception.

The related exhibition, The Poetics of Atmosphere: Lorna Simpson’s Cloudscape and Other Works from the Collection, is on view through April 17, 2022.

This program is free and open to all. To join the talk in person, please register for the program here. To join virtually, the Zoom link to view the program is here. It will be recorded and available for viewing (with captioning) on our website and social media channels, the following week.

Lorna Simpson, Cloudscape, 2004. Video, sound. Museum purchase by the Colby Museum Board of Governors in support of the New Media Arts Consortium, a collaboration of the art museums at Bowdoin College, Brandeis University, Colby College, Middlebury College, Mount Holyoke College, and Skidmore College Accession Number: 2019.038⁠

Dave Epstein

Dave Epstein is a meteorologist, author and college instructor who has worked as a meteorologist for more than 35 years. He currently forecasts for the Boston Globe, WBZ as well as WBUR, all in Boston. His daily podcast Weather Wisdom is available on multiple platforms. Epstein, ’86, has been teaching a meteorology Jan Plan course at Colby College since 2006. He also is the founder of Bloomscapes, a landscape design company, and, an online video website for homeowner-gardeners and landscape professionals.  

Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves

Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves writes ethnobotanical literary criticism, and collages detritus into heraldic devices engaging ever expanding networks of reference through the granular analytics of poetic inquiry. She is author of Close Reading as Forestry (Belladonna*, 2017), Of Forests and of Farms: On Faculty and Failure (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2020) and is anthologized in Letters to the Future: Black Women / Radical Writing (Kore Press, 2018). She performs frequently across a broad spectrum of venues and educational contexts. Greaves currently is a candidate for the MFA in Poetry in the Literary Arts Program at Brown University.

The Art& series brings together visiting artists, scholars, museum staff, and community experts for conversations about exhibitions, collections, and projects at the Colby College Museum of Art and its Lunder Institute for American Art. A mix of in-person, virtual, and hybrid programs, this series is designed for those interested in learning more about art and engaging with the key issues of our time.

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