Curator Amy Lipton (New York, NY) is co-director of ecoartspace, a bi-coastal non-profit that creates opportunities for addressing environmental issues through the arts since 1999. Amy’s 5×5 project is entitled BiodiverCITY.
Amy’s curatorial focus and area of investigation is contemporary art and its relationship to the natural world, often working with artists who collaborate and participate as team members with scientists, botanists, engineers and architects to come up with creative and artistic solutions to environmental challenges. For 5×5, I have chosen five artists whose works address biodiversity both in scientific and cultural terms; their common goal is to connect people and communities aesthetically by bringing attention to the sometimes hidden relationships between city dwellers, urban nature, human and non human life forms. They intend for their projects to inspire, inform and raise awareness about diverse issues related to the natural environment in Washington D.C.
Artists in BiodiverCITY:
Amy Lipton is the east coast curator and co-director of ecoartspace, a bi-coastal non-profit organization that creates opportunities for addressing environmental issues through the arts since 1999. She has curated numerous exhibitions for museums, galleries, sculpture parks and environmental centers, written for books and publications, organizes and participates on panel discussions, and lectures frequently on art and the environment. She was co-curator of Ecovention at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, Ohio (2002) and co-published the accompanying 160-page exhibition catalogue. In 2004 she was Guest Curator at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY of Imaging the River, an exhibition contrasting historical and contemporary artists views of the Hudson River. Recent exhibitions include E.P.A, Environmental Performance Actions at Exit Art in New York City (2008), Down to Earth at the Schuylkill Environmental Center in Philadelphia, PA (2009) and Beyond the Horizon at Deutsche Bank 60 Wall Gallery in NYC (2011). Lipton owned and directed Amy Lipton Gallery in New York City from1986 -1996. She was Curator of Exhibitions at Abington Art Center and Sculpture Park in Philadelphia from 2004-2007 and Director of The Fields Sculpture Park at Omi International Arts Center in Ghent, NY from 2007- 2009.