Please join the Visiting Artist and Scholar Committee in welcoming Linda Weintraub next week, Wednesday September 16, at 5pm in Holmes Auditorium.
Habitat DEVASTATION + Artistic IMAGINATION = Environmental RESTORATION
Linda Weintraub will present the diverse and inspiring strategies that contemporary artists are developing to unpollute the waters, detoxify the landfills, and reverse the effects of careless industrial expansion. She is the author of Avant-Guardians: Textlets in Art and Ecology.
Image of the work of Daniel McCormick
Linda Weintraub is a curator, educator, artist, and author of several popular books about contemporary art. She is currently writing the fourth book in her eco-art series that is titled Avant-Guardians: Textlets in Art and Ecology. The three books are EcoCentric Topics: Pioneering Themes for Eco-Art; Cycle-Logical Art: Recycling Matters for Eco-Art; EnvironMentalities: Twenty-two Approaches to Eco-Art. Weintraub established Artnow Publications in order to apply environmental responsibility to the books’ material production, as well as the content of the text. This series is designed to highlight and accelerate the integration of environmental principles throughout university art pedagogy.
Weintraub is the author of In The Making: Creative Options for Contemporary Artists (2003) (co-published by D.A.P. in NY and Thames & Hudson in the UK), Art on the Edge and Over: Searching for Art’s Meaning in Contemporary Society (1995, Insights Press). The exhibition “IS IT ART?” was mounted in conjunction with the book and toured nationally from 1995 and 1997. From 1982 – 1993, Weintraub served as the first director of the Edith C. Blum Art Institute located on the Bard College campus where she originated fifty exhibitions and published over twenty catalogues. Previously she served as the Director of the Philip Johnson Center for the Arts at Muhlenberg College. She was the Henry Luce Professor of Emerging Arts at Oberlin College. She is curator and co-author of Lo and Behold: Visionary Art in the Post-Modern Era, Process and Product: The Making of Eight Contemporary Masterworks, Landmarks: New Site Proposals by Twenty Pioneers of Environmental Art, Art What Thou Eat: Images of Food in American Art, and The Maximal Implications of the Minimal Line. Since leaving Bard College Weintraub co-curated an internationally touring exhibition entitled “ANIMAL. ANIMA. ANIMUS” with Marketta Sepalla and “THE ART OF BODY CRAFTING. She has taught both contemporary art history and studio art and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Rutgers University.
Weintraub has recently served as curator for four ecologically-inspired exhibitions: Demo Eco M.O. applies sustainability to all aspects of art exhibition; Thirty-Below: Eco Project Runway invites students and community members to design clothing that is ‘warm’ (functional), ‘hot’ (sustainable), and ‘cool’ (fashionable); Teeny Green challenges artists to create art with minimal material presence; and AHOY! Where Lies Henry Hudson involves renowned architects who are challenge to produce outdoor memorials for Henry Hudson without purchasing any materials.