Helen Mayer Harrison & Newton Harrison
Sierra Nevada: An Adaptation

In Sierra Nevada: An Adaptation, internationally-renowned environmental artists Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison propose a series of long-term ecological responses to recorded temperature increases in the Sierra Nevada, in collaboration with the Museum's Center for Art + Environment.

Their proposals are in response to potential changes that threaten the elimination of beneficial plant species and the invasion of harmful ones. The Harrison’s ideas are presented conceptually in a 30-foot-long map of the mountain range, topographical sketches of its seventeen principal watersheds, and aerial photographs of sites in the Truckee and Yuba watersheds. Additionally, digital animations predict two various global warming scenarios revealing what will happen if nothing is done or if modest interventions are made, and conversely if landscapes are generated to serve cultural and natural needs.

This exhibition represents early iterations of what will eventually be a fifty-year project.

Major sponsorship by the Wilhelm Hoppe Family Trust and the Elke Hoppe Youth Advancement Trust. Additional support provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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  • Map Collage

    Sunday September 25, 2011 / 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Create your own collage map using colorful and recycled paper after viewing the map art in Sierra Nevada: An Adaptation. Admission to hands/ON! is free and is sponsored by the Mathewson CLAT #4, Sato Foundation, Terry Lee Wells Foundation, City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission, and Dermody Properties Foundation. One-hour sessions beginning at noon, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. Bring the entire family for this free, fun program featuring hands-on art projects and gallery activities for all ages. Space is limited to the first 60 participants for each hour of the program.

Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison, Truckee-Yuba Rivers Divide. © 2010 Jeff Erickson. Collection of Nevada Museum of Art, Center for Art + Environment. Gift of Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison.

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