"Fragile Earth: The Naturalist Impulse in Contemporary Art"

June 1 - September 8

The Florence Griswold Museum has commissioned four leading contemporary artists to create new work that incorporates and responds to the natural world. The exhibition builds on the success of the museum’s 2017 exhibition, Flora/Fauna: The Naturalist Impulse in American Art, which surveyed the history of American artist-naturalists from the 19th to mid-20th centuries.

Artists Jennifer Angus, Mark Dion, Courtney Mattison, and James Prosek will create striking installations that reflect the vulnerability of the environment. “These artists were selected for the profound message their works convey about environmental conservation,” says exhibition curator, Jennifer Stettler Parsons, Ph.D.  “They transform natural and non-traditional materials, like insects and found debris, into art in order to make visible the human role in global climate change, and to reveal how our daily choices may endanger our planet’s future.” Parsons curated both Flora/Fauna and Fragile Earth.


Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme St.
Old Lyme, CT 06371
United States




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