Guest curator Lara Pan’s exhibition, “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” on view through June 15 at Jamestown Arts Center, is a thought-provoking multi-media exploration of the inevitability of mass extinctions. Here, artworks from 11 artists with backgrounds in mathematics, science, architecture, film and artificial intelligence delve into realities of terminus for global species.
I met curator Pan for a walk-through of this exhibition to see the artworks installed and to discuss her concept. Ours turned into an interesting conversation that touched on legacy, integrity, trust, humanity, extinction, mutation and AI.
She fluidly added mention of the professional backgrounds and affiliations of the artists and the continents where they are currently working into the dialogue.
She had worked with some of the artists before on other curatorial projects that she’s developed in the past eight years. Pan operates at the forefront of multi- media, a field that has gained nuance and technical sophistication coinciding with the building-up of STEAM R&D in university departments and the investment in equipment and faculty, advancing art inclusion as a means of stimulating new ideas.
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