Hosted by Rockaway Waterfront Alliance
A pioneer of environmental art, Denes emerged as a leading conceptual artist of the 1960’s and 1970’s and became known for her distinctive, large-scale, site-specific work covering sociopolitical and ecological concerns.
Wheatfield – A Confrontation (1982) is one of Denes’ most recognized works. Over a four month period in 1982, she planted and harvested a field of golden wheat on two acres of landfill by the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. Denes also plants forests in Europe and Australia and her work is motivated not only by ecological concerns, but the welfare of humanity.
An artists’s artist and a visionary, Denes was recently featured in the book Eco-Amazons: 20 Women Who Are Transforming the World. Works by Agnes Denes are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and many other major institutions worldwide. She is one of the featured artists in MoMA PS1’s EXPO 1: New York exhibition which opens on May 12, 2013. EXPO 1: New York explores ecological challenges in the context of the economic and sociopolitical instability of the early 21st century.
In light of the devastation caused by Storm Sandy, Agnes Denes will present her work to the Rockaway community and invite discussion about future projects. This event is free and open to the public.