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Closing: Forever More

  • Fleisher Art Memorial 719 Catharine Street Philadelphia, PA, 19147 United States (map)
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Please join us for a special closing reception of Kristen Neville Taylor’s FOREVER MORE, featured in Wind Challenge 3. Siobhan Carroll will read from her work Crusades Against Frost: Frankenstein, Polar Ice, and Climate Change in 1818 followed by a musical performance by Jamey Robinson. This event is presented as part of the public programs that surround each Wind Challenge exhibition. The Wind Challenge Exhibitions Series is generously supported by the Wind Foundation and Fleisher members. 

Published 200 years ago, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein still haunts the cultural imagination. Written at the dawn of the machine age, the novel is acknowledged in the public consciousness as a cautionary tale of the perils of technology against nature. Throughout the story Victor Frankenstein seeks solace from his troubles in the landscape. FOREVER MORE explores the assumption that nature is permanent as once characterized by Shelley and other romantic poets. An installation of glass objects and images, the exhibition embodies the current environmental condition while unraveling the myth of nature as a fixed and reliable source of healing.

Siobhan Carroll is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Delaware, where she studies the relationship between the history of exploration and SF. A writer as well as a critic of speculative fiction, she contributes genre-blurring stories to magazines like Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Lightspeed. Her non-fiction book, An Empire of Air and Water: Uncolonizable Space in the British Imagination, was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2015. This proto-history of science fiction examines the impact of inventions like the air balloon on writers like Mary Shelley, and argues that the Romantic period anticipated many of our concerns regarding technological change, climate change, and globalization.

Jamey Robinson is a Philadelphia musician and composer. He has recorded and toured the world with groups Man Man and Need New Body. In 2007, he was awarded a Pew Fellowship for a body of work titled Buffalo Stance, which are vignettes about dreams he has had or the elusive revelations that occur right before sleep. Robinson studied at the Berklee College of Music and the California Institute of the Arts.

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