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California ‘Facing Fire’ As A New Way Of Life




“Facing Fire: Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New West” opens at UC Riverside’s California Museum of Photography.
“Facing Fire: Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New West” opens at UC Riverside’s California Museum of Photography.
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They say art imitates life and the new art exhibition, “Facing Fire: Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New West” aims to reflect life in California as wildfires become a more frequent and intense reality for the state.

The exhibit, hosted by UC Riverside’s California Museum of Photography, explores the environmental, societal, and emotional impact wildfires have had on California’s landscape and residents. Through the work of photographers and artists, the art pieces featured represent a new life in California that has had to adapt to the increasing intensity of wildlifes and global warming. The exhibit gives a greater examination on the power nature has over our lives. As global warming intensifies and natural disasters like wildfires become more common occurrences, “Facing Fire” hopes people will take a step back and think about the greater picture of how our environment is changing.

Today on AirTalk, we chat with the exhbit’s senior curator, Douglas McCulloh, and featured artist Anna Mayer on how the exhibition reflects California life against the ever-present threat of wildfires. 

EVENT:

Facing Fire: Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New West
California Museum of Photography
February 22 - August 9, 2020

With guest host Steven Cuevas

Guests:

Douglas McCulloh, senior curator of exhibitions at the UCR California Museum of Photography; his latest exhibition is “Facing Fire: Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New West

Anna Mayer, artist specializing in ceramics; her project “Fireful of Fear” is featured in the exhibit “Facing Fire: Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New West”; she is currently an assistant professor of sculpture at the University of Houston