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The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene

​​​​​​​​​​​March 19 – August 16, 2020

The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene awakens us to the physical and social effects of the Anthropocene, a much-debated term used to define a new geological epoch shaped by human activity. Structured around ecological issues, the exhibition presents photography, video, and sculpture that address subjects and themes related to raw materials, disasters, consumption, loss, and justice. Forty international contemporary artists respond to dire global and local circumstances with resistance, imagination, and curiosity about the world to come.​

Artists include Sammy Baloji, Huma Bhabha, Liu Bolin, Edward Burtynsky, Sandra Cinto, Elena Damiani, Dornith Doherty, Mishka Henner, Laurie Hogin, Felipe Jácome, Chris Jordan, William Kentridge, Wifredo Lam, Maroesjka Lavigne, Eva Leitolf, Dana Levy, Yao Lu, Pedro Neves Marques, Noelle Mason, Mary Mattingly, Gideon Mendel, Ana Mendieta, Kimiyo Mishima, Richard Misrach, Beth Moon, Richard Mosse, Jackie Nickerson, Gabriel Orozco, Trevor Paglen, Nicole Six & Paul Petritsch, Abel Rodríguez, Allan Sekula, Taryn Simon, Laurencia Strauss, Thomas Struth, Bethany Taylor, Frank Thiel, Sergio Vega, and Andrew S. Yang.

Click here for a research guide​​ for this exhibition compiled by DePaul University Librarians Alexis Burson and Chris Parker. The guide serves as a starting point for conducting research on the exhibition's environmental themes and includes related databases, suggested reading and viewing, research tools, and more.​


The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene is organized by the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida and curated by Kerry Oliver-Smith, Retired Harn Museum of Art Curator of Contemporary Art. Support for this exhibition is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, UF Office of the Provost, National Endowment for the Arts, C. Frederick and Aase B. Thompson Foundation, Ken and Laura Berns, Daniel and Kathleen Hayman, Ken and Linda McGurn, Susan Milbrath, an anonymous foundation, UF Center for Humanities and the Public Sphere, UF Office of Research and Robert and Carolyn Thoburn, with additional support from a group of environmentally-minded supporters, the Robert C. and Nancy Magoon Contemporary Exhibition and Publication Endowment, Harn Program Endowment, and the Harn Annual Fund.

Support for the Chicago presentation of this exhibition is provided by the David C. & Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation.