Diane Burko: Polar Perspectives
Artist Lecture: November 20, 2013, 6:30 p.m., DeMeester Recital Hall
"Diane's work connects us to the enormity of what is happening in the natural world and the amazing speed with which these changes are taking place. Even as Diane documents how things are changing, she also reminds us of the stunning beauty of nature — and, in turn, the urgency of doing everything in our power to protect it." – Eileen Claussen, President of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Since 2006, Burko has been developing Politics of Snow, a project investigating the historical comparisons of global climate change through images culled from glacial geological data recorded throughout the world. The intentions of her practice today are rooted in confronting issues of geological/chronological time — past, present and future. She continues to invent strategies to that end that remain rooted in the tradition of painting while simultaneously integrating 21st-century informational sources to address climate concerns.
Burko has had more than 30 solo exhibitions in galleries and museums across the U.S., including recent solo exhibits at the Tang Museum, Tufts University Art Gallery, James A. Michener Art Museum and at Princeton's Bernstein Gallery at the Woodrow Wilson School. Her works are in numerous private and public collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Delaware Art Museum, The James A. Michener Art Museum, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Woodmere Art Museum. Her artwork also appears on the Fairmount Park Art Association Public Art Tour in Philadelphia, PA. She has been represented by Locks Gallery since 1976. Her exhibition Glacial Perspectives will be on display at Rutgers University's Zimmerli Art Museum from September 4, 2013-July 31, 2014.