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Thinking like a River: Art, Advocacy, and the Legacy of David Brower

Nov. 19, 2012 – Feb. 14, 2013

In the 1950s, when America was in the thick of the development age, environmental activist David Brower (Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, Earth Island Institute) brought conservation to the forefront through powerful photography exhibits and the creation of a new genre: exhibit-format nature books. David Brower’s revolutionary approach of using photography for conservation advocacy continues today. Thinking like a River features the work of two contemporary artists mentored by Brower: Bill Curtsinger and Joseph Holmes—carrying on in his tradition of melding word and image in service of a cause.

See a small selection of stunning nature photography from Bill Curtsinger, best known for capturing deep-sea life, and works from Joseph Holmes, celebrated landscape photographer. Like David Brower, Holmes and Curtsinger are dedicated environmentalists who believe in the enduring power of art as a tool for advocacy.

Please note: The Burke Room is a multi-purpose room and not always open for public viewing. Visitors are encouraged to call in advance to check the room schedule: 206-616-3962.

This traveling exhibition has been produced by the Brower Centennial Committee as part of a year-long series of programs and events celebrating the centennial of David Brower’s birth. For more information about the Centennial, to inquire about renting the exhibition, or to make a donation to support the program, please visit www.browercentennial.org.

Location: UW campus on the corner of 17th AVE NE & NE 45th ST
Hours: 10 am – 5 pm daily, 10 am – 8 pm on the first Thursday of the month
Admission:  $10 general, $8 senior, $7.50 students (w/ID), and youth (5 & up). FREE to Burke members, children 4 and under, and UW staff/faculty/students 

Colorado River
Joseph Holmes,1981
Helmet Jellyfish, Antarctica
Bill Curtsinger, 1984