Please join Childs Gallery and the Center for Health and the Global Environment for an Earth Day Reception and Panel Discussion on Climate Change and Art.
Panelists include Dr. Aaron Bernstein, Karen Lee Sobol, Jesse Epstein, and Resa Blatman.
AARON BERNSTEIN is the Associate Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment and is a pediatric hospitalist at Boston Children’s Hospital. In his work at the Center, Dr. Bernstein examines the human health effects of global environmental changes, such as climate change and the loss of biodiversity, with the aim of promoting a deeper understanding of these subjects among students, educators, policy makers, and the public.
KAREN LEE SOBOL is an artist, author, architect, and advocate. In many media, her art celebrates our emotions and environments, and the play between them. She has exhibited at Radcliffe College and Harvard University, in Cracow, Poland, and at other venues. Karen Lee serves on the advisory board of the Center for Health and the Global Environment and is on the executive committee of Save Venice/Boston Chapter. She is also a goodwill ambassador for the Bing Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. A champion of the role of integrative therapies in the lives of cancer patients, she was the 2016 keynote speaker at Dana-Farber’s Lenny Zakim Lecture. Her memoir—Twelve Weeks: An Artist’s Story of Cancer, Healing, and Hope—is illustrated with her art.
JESSE EPSTEIN is a Sundance Award-Winning documentary filmmaker. She received a Masters Degree in Documentary Film from NYU, and was named one of “25 filmmakers to watch” by Filmmaker Magazine. Her films have screened in over 40 film festivals worldwide, at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Mass MoCA, The Peabody Museum, and Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam. Jesse's film 34x25x36 received a national PBS Broadcast on POV. In addition, she published the video Op-Doc in the New York Times “Sex, Lies and Photoshop”. Jesse is also the Z-Tech Video Coordinator at Zumix -- where she teaches and mentors youth in East Boston. She is currently directing MOSQUITO: The survival of what fits - a documentary on climate change and public health.
RESA BLATMAN is a painter and installation artist. Various depictions of nature are an ongoing focus in her work. Her current paintings and installations speak to a warming planet, invasive plant and animal species, plastics, and environmental transformations and their effect on our landscape and natural resources. As we become even more aware of the precarious nature of our habitat, this work speaks to the vulnerability of the earth that we so easily take for granted.