2018 Skyspace Lecture: “Jim Turrell, Me, and the Aerial View”

Turrell and Burko about to look for craters in Arizona; 1970s.

YOU ARE INVITED! Please join us to hear Diane Burko speak at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, February 6 at 20 E. Mermaid Lane. Our annual mid-winter lecture is titled “Jim Turrell, Me and the Aerial View.” The event is free but donations will be gratefully accepted at the door. Invite a friend!

Diane Burko's book cover
The cover of Diane Burko’s book about her work.
Click the image to visit the book’s website.

In the 1970s, renowned Philadelphia environmental artist Diane Burko flew around Arizona with James Turrell as he was scouting land for his monumental Rodin Crater installation. The aerial views inspired Burko’s own work which has concentrated on seeing, painting and photographing the earth’s changing climate from above.

Burko collaborates with scientists, using their data and bearing witness by traveling to the world’s largest ice fields in Greenland, Antarctica, Patagonia and Alaska as well as exploring melting glaciers in New Zealand’s southern alps. Many of her canvases are aerial views, a perspective she first discovered flying with Skyspace creator James Turrell.

Burko’s depictions of glaciers and other land masses form the core of her work, which has been exhibited in over 100 painting and photography shows throughout the country. Most recently she was studying underwater reefs in Hawaii when she experienced the false nuclear missile warning! Through slides of her adventures and her paintings, she will talk about her work, her passion for art and for the environment. She will also sell and sign copies of her recent book, Glacial Shifts, Changing Perspectives — Bearing Witness to Climate Change.

You don’t need to register in advance to attend. Donations will be gladly accepted at the door to help maintain the Skyspace.


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