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Tending a Difficult Hope: Leah Gauthier

Tending a Difficult Hope

Title: Tending a Difficult Hope

Artist: Leah Gauthier

Tending a Difficult Hope:
Tending a Difficult Hope:

Reception: Tending a Difficult Hope: A Relational work by Leah Gauthier
October 22, 2010 (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Location: SoFA Gallery

Gallery Talk: Tending a Difficult Hope: A Relational work by Leah Gauthier
October 29, 2010 (12:00 PM - 12:00 AM)
Location: SoFA Gallery

Taking cues from Wendell Berry, Bill McKibben and Cormac McCarthy, Tending a Difficult Hope is Artist Leah Gauthier’s journey towards self-sufficiency. Throughout the duration of this work she will be learning self-sustaining food skills and teaching them to others. Outdoors on the IU campus near the Bryan House, she’s growing heirloom vegetables in a generative sculptural installation on view this fall. The gallery installation will consist of live herb plants, canned fruits and vegetables, dried spices and teas, and herbal oils and vinegars she’s prepared over the summer from local or home grown foods. There will also be gathering area (long communal tables and make-shift kitchen) where she will cook and hold workshops to teach others food skills.

Leah Gauthier writes
“The time to act is NOW. I mean RIGHT NOW. This earth we live on has changed beyond manageable repair, and there is not another moment to spare to prepare us for the uncertainties that lie ahead. We the people have become a nation largely dependent on industry to care for our needs. Most of us no longer have the know-how nor the skills to grow our own food, sew our own clothes or build our own houses. We cannot afford to wait for governments to come to terms, nor for some scientific or technological silver bullet to save us from future effects of climate change. It is already here.”

Leah Gauthier was born in Chicago and currently lives and works in Bloomington, IN. She received an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tuft University, and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in museums, galleries and alternative spaces. Leah is an Assistant Professor of Art at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. For more information about the artist please visit her website []( "Leah Gauthier's website")

A complete list events and workshops is available at on the schedule page. To RSVP for an event call 855-8490 or contact [][email] and indicate which workshop you would like to attend.

This program is supported by the College of Arts and Sciences Fall 2010 Themester: sustain•ability: Thriving on a Small Planet. For information on the Themester please visit []( "Temester website") Special thanks go to Laurie Burns McRobbie, Campus Division and the University Architects Office.