Robin Wall Kimmerer in conversation with Marion Wilson at Union, Union, Tuesday, 21. May 2019

Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer will be in conversation with artist Marion Wilson about their work.
Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, writer, and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York. She is the founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, whose mission is to create programs that draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared concerns for Mother Earth. Kimmerer is an enrolled member of the Citizen Band Potawatomi. Her writings include numerous scientific articles and the books Gathering Moss, which was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing in 2005, and Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, to be released in October 2013. As a writer and a scientist, her interests in restoration include not only restoration of ecological communities, but restoration of our relationships to land. She lives on an old farm in upstate New York, tending gardens both cultivated and wild.
 Marion Wilson, artist, lives in New York City and worked in Syracuse NY for 22 years where she and Robin became friends and frequent collaborators. As a college professor and social practice artist, Wilson builds collaborative sculptural art spaces that connect people to one another across diverse backgrounds of class, race, and life circumstance through very simple gestures of artmaking – including crocheting, selling, drawing or observing moss species under a loupe. In 2015, Wilson studied bryophytes with Dr. Robin Kimmerer as the first form of plant life; a place-based species; and as a reference to the crucifixion (moss dies and lives again). Looking closely for Wilson seeing for the first time or seeing again is both an act of wonder and an act of politics. Wilson was raised in New York City, campaigning on the streets with and for her parents who were leftist politicians. She believes her upbringing contributes to her art practice that is attached closely to the landscape and community in which she lives; and has faith in the idea that what we do on the small scale, matters on the very large scale. Wilson is a recent recipient of an NEA grant to research watershed health in Northern NJ watershed culminating in a solo exhibition at William Patterson University.

Tuesday, 21. May 2019, Union, Robin Wall Kimmerer in conversation with Marion Wilson at Union

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