Brooklyn Talks: Artists and Activists on Climate Grief


November 3, 2022    
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY

Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Tickets: $16. Member tickets are $14. Not a Member? Join today! Add a copy of Duke Riley: Tides and Transgressions at checkout.

Artists and activists consider the experience of climate grief, a term coined to describe the somatic effects of anxiety and mourning over ecological crisis. As part of this multidisciplinary dialogue, artist Duke Riley, whose special exhibition DEATH TO THE LIVING, Long Live Trash is currently on view, talks about creating artworks out of plastics found in New York waterways as a way of engaging with local pollution and global marine devastation.

Riley is joined by Kizzy Charles-Guzman, Executive Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice, and Larissa Belcic and Michelle Shofet of Nocturnal Medicine, a nonprofit studio that facilitates gatherings in response to environmental trauma. The conversation is moderated by Ajay Singh Chaudhary, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, whose scholarship centers on the politics of climate change. Together they will discuss strategies for addressing climate change and advancing environmental justice across art, social practice, policy, and grassroots organizing.

Presented in partnership with the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, which offers critical, community-based education in the humanities and social sciences.

Masks are required in the Auditorium and will be available upon arrival. 

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Image caption and credit: Duke Riley (American, born 1972). I’m Delicious, Come On Get Your Money’s Worth (detail), 2020. Found plastic trash, mahogany. Courtesy of the artist. © Duke Riley. (Photo: Robert Bredvad)