A sweeping, lush sculpture made of moss, orchids, and plastic, stands at the Keller Center at the Harris School of Public Policy in Chicago. Monument, created by Regan Rosburg, is meant to symbolize regeneration and beauty.

It’s one of several works in the Human/Nature exhibition that captures the urgency needed to act on climate change and imagines a dystopian world where no action has been taken. 

Human/Nature originally opened in Jan. 2022 as a three-month exhibition at Weinberg/Newton Gallery representing a unique partnership between the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and the Gallery. Human/Nature is guest curated by Cyndi Conn, a member of the Bulletin’s Governing Board.

“In works that are as beautiful as they are commanding, this show addresses issues of drought, pollution, natural disasters, environmental racism, and extinctions happening across the globe,” Conn said. “Beyond simply emphasizing the urgency of his moment, however, this show offers hope, outlines tangible solutions, and encourages audiences to understand that by acting now we can create a sustainable and resilient future. It is not too late.”

Human/Nature includes paintings, textiles, and AI-generated videos from international artists including Matthew Ritchie, Laura Ball, Stas Bartnikas, Donovan Quintero, Obvious, and Karen Reimer. The exhibition also includes video interviews from climate scientists and experts who offer actionable ideas on how to contribute to a sustainable future. 

“By working together with leading contemporary artists, designers, and creative communicators, the Bulletin seeks to broaden the conversation, generating innovative ways of framing crucial issues around peace and security,” says Rachel Bronson, the Bulletin’s president and CEO. “In recognition of the 75th anniversary of the Doomsday Clock and our commitment to engaging the public around the urgency of climate change, the Bulletin is delighted to partner with Weinberg/Newton Gallery for Human/Nature.” 

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Moving forward together: Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe speaks at the Human/Nature exhibit at Weinberg/Newton Gallery in Chicago, IL.

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