Cornell University

Grounded: Life is Soil, Soil is Life

Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 12:00pm to 5:00pm

More dates through October 31, 2022

Mann Library, Lobby and Top Shelf Gallery
Cornell University Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Beneath our feet is one of Earth's most important resources. Crops grow in it, an astonishing diversity of life can be found in it, the health of our planet depends on it. A new exhibit in Mann Library’s lobby and Top Shelf Gallery explores the beauty and life-sustaining qualities of soil.

Planned in collaboration with the Cornell Soil Health Lab, “Grounded” examines some of the different values that humans derive from soil—agricultural, environmental, aesthetic—both historically and in the cutting-edge science being developed at Cornell University. The installation includes a selection of richly hued and textured soil paintings created by Kirsten Kurtz both in her studio and in community celebrations held in and around the Ithaca area. As the science and the art on display in this exhibit show, in appreciating the vibrancy of life found in healthy soil, we begin to better understand its importance to our future.

In conjunction with this exhibit, Mud Painting, a bioart installation by Jenifer Wightman is also viewable at Mann Library as part of the Cornell Council for the Arts Biennial 2022. Both exhibits will be on display through October 2022.

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