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October 26, 2004–January 2, 2005 at the Getty Center


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The Making of Manifest Destiny
Artist Alexis Rockman speaks about his latest work in conjunction with the exhibition Past Presence. Compelled by advances in genetic engineering and the biotech industry, Rockman is best known for paintings that address the precarious relationship between humans and the natural world. His new mural Manifest Destiny (2003–2004) depicts the Brooklyn waterfront 3,000 years in the future, after global climate change has raised the sea level by 82 feet. The artist collaborated with NASA scientists, archaeologists, ecologists, and architects to develop this ominous image of a future populated by plants and animals that thrive in human-disrupted environments.

Thursday, November 18, 4:00–6:00 p.m.

Detail: Manifest Destiny / Rockman