Harrison (Complexity) Studios

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The Harrison Studio Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison

Abbreviated Curriculum Vita

The Harrisons have been collaborating as artists since the early seventies. Since the mid-eighties they have done a large part of their work in Europe and have recently completed a book on the future of the European landscape, commissioned by the Schweisfurth Foundation of Munich and Hannover 2000, entitled Grüne Landschaften, Vision: Die Welt als Garten, published by Campus Verlag, Frankfurt. They have been associated with Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York City since 1974, with single exhibitions in 1974, ‘75, ‘78, ‘80 (uptown as well as downtown), ‘82, ‘85, ‘91 ’93 and 2003.

Samples of Exhibitions

Santa Fe Museum of Art, Opening Lecture: Santa Fe Watershed: Lessons from the Genius of Place

The Seventh Lagoon

Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison United States "Peninsula Europe: The Rising of Waters” Audio and Map, 2 parts -- 8 x 8 feet each, hang in the corner fold of the wall This piece, both visual and audio, addresses the Peninsula of Europe if the melting of our glacial ice caps raise our waters 5 meters and 15 meters. The Harrisons often pose the question, "the waters will rise gracefully, can we withdraw with equal grace? " In essence, can we adapt or change our behaviors and habits to effectively make a difference.
Peninsular Europe. Norway Exhibit.

links to about a half dozen of the main sites on Helen and Newton's work

Single exhibitions include

Greenhouse Britain, forthcoming, London City Hall, May 2008

  • Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM, 2005
  • BUGA Munich Garden Exhibition, Munich, Germany, 2005
  • De Verbeelding, Zeewolde, The Netherlands, 2004
  • Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, NYC, 2003
SELECTED JOINT EXHIBITIONS http://www.feldmangallery.com/pages/artistsrffa/arthar01.html
Publications: http://www.feldmangallery.com/pages/pubs02.html#Anchor_hnh
Biography: http://www.feldmangallery.com/media/pdfs/harrisons_bio.pdf
  • Kasteel Groeneveld, Baarn, Holland, 2003
  • Les Abattoir, the Regional Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art, Toulouse, France, 2002
  • The Ludwig Forum for International Art, Aachen, Germany, 2002
  • Der Alte Rathaus, Potsdam, Germany, 2001
  • Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, 2000
  • The Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, England, 1998
  • The Kunst-und Ausstellungshalle BRD, Bonn, Germany 1996
  • the Kunstmuseum, Bonn, Germany, 1996
  • The Jeruzalemkapel, Gouda, Holland, 1995
  • the Bauhaus Dessau, Germany 1994
  • Douglas F. Cooley Gallery, Reed College, Portland, OR, 1993
  • Gallery of Art, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1992
  • The Museum of the Revolution, Zagreb, Croatia, 1990
  • The Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 1990
  • The Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, 1989
  • The Laguna Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, CA, 1989
  • Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, NY, 1987
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1987
  • Baxter Gallery, Cal Tech, Pasadena, CA, 1985
  • The Johnson Museum at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1985
  • The San Jose Museum of Modern Art, 1983
  • The Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, 1981
  • The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, 1980
  • Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI, 1979
  • Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA, 1979
  • The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1977
  • The San Francisco Art Institute, 1977
  • The Detroit Institute of the Arts, 1976
  • Cal State Fullerton, 1973
  • La Jolla Museum of Art, 1971.

Group exhibitions include

Taipei Artists Village, Taipei, Taiwan, 2007

  • The Carter Collection Revisited, Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA, 2007
  • Weather Reports: Art and Climate Change, Boulder Museum of Modern Art, Boulder, Co, 2007
  • Environmental Restoration Projects by Artists, artsites, Riverhead, NY, 2007
  • Groundworks: Environmental Collaboration in Contemporary Art, Purnell Center for the Arts, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg, PA, 2005
  • Landscape: Theme and Variation, Schneider Museum, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR, 2005
  • Imaging the River: Historical Views and Contemporary Visions, The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY, 2004
  • Multiformity: Multiples from the MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 2002
  • Ecovention, The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio 2002, Made in California, The Los Angeles Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California, 2001
  • The San Diego Museum of Art, 2001
  • L’Ouvre Collective, Les Abattoirs, the Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art, Toulouse, France, 2000
  • Natural Reality, the Ludwig Forum fûr International Kunst, Aachen, 1999
  • Maßstabssprung, Leaps of Scale, the Deutsches Architekten Museum, Frankfurt, Germany, 1998
  • Art Transpennine, The Henry Moore Foundation and the Liverpool Tate, 1998
  • Aufriss, The Grasse Museum, Leipzig, 1997
  • Villette-Amazone at La Villette, Paris, France, 1996
  • Encounter with Creation, the Kunsthallen, Brandts Klaedefabrik, Arthus, Denmark, 1996
  • Kunst, Kultur, Okologie, Galerie Edition, Munich, Germany, 1993
  • Differentes Natures, La Defense, Paris, France, 1993, Artec ‘91, the Second International Bienale in Nagoya, Japan, 1991
  • Gedenken und Denkmal, Martin Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany, 1988
  • Documenta 8, Kassel, Germany, 1987
  • The Sao Paulo Bienale, 1985
  • Collaboration in the 20th Century, The Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C., 1983
  • Common Ground, the Ringling Museum, Sarasota, FL, 1982
  • The Venice Bienale, 1976 and 1980
  • Social Works, LAICA, Los Angeles, CA, 1979
  • Contemporary Art in Southern California, The High Museum, Atlanta, GA, 1979
  • Couples, PS1, New York, NY, 1977
  • Projekt ‘74, Koln, Germany, 1974
  • Vesuvio, Henry Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA and Galeria Il Centro, Naples, Italy, 1972-1973
  • Art and Technology, the L.A. County Museum of Art, 1971
  • Eleven Los Angeles Artists, Hayward Gallery, London, 1971
  • Expo ‘70, Osaka, Japan, 1970.

Traveling exhibitions include

Envisioning Change: Melting Ice - A Hot Topic, traveled and initiated by The Natural World Museum and The Nobel Peace Centre, 2007-2008

  • The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama, organized and travelled by the Committee of 100 for Tibet and The Dalai Lama Foundation, 2006-2008
  • Creative Solutions to Ecological Issues, initiated at the Dallas Museum of Natural History 1994
  • Generation of Mentors, initiated by the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., 1994
  • Differentes Natures, Paris, France, 1993
  • Fragile Ecologies, initiated by the Queens Museum and traveled by the Smithsonian Institute, 1992
  • and the single artist exhibition, The Book of the Seven Lagoons, traveled by the American Association of Art Museums in 1987-1989.

Projects completed or designed include

  • a meadow reclamation completed at Art Park, New York, 1977-1978
  • the conceptual design for Baltimore Promenade in Baltimore, which is mainly built, 1981
  • the conceptual design for the reclamation of Devil’s Gate Debris Basin in Pasadena, 1987, which is still in process
  • a conceptual design for the master plan for the San Diego Landfill (with Martinez, Cutri and McArdle) in 1992
  • the design for A Wetland Walk for Boulder Creek (proposing an ecological walk at the site of the tertiary treatment plant for the sewage outfall in Boulder, CO). Public-art projects such as California Wash: A Memorial for the Disappearing Coastal Landscape at Pico-Seagate in Santa Monica (1988-1996) and Disappearing Path in Newport, CA in the early 90's have been completed. Invited proposals include the reclamation of a 50-square kilometer strip mine in Bitterfeld, Germany with the Bauhaus at Dessau with a separate proposal for the Muldeaue
  • a reclamation plan for Tagebau Witznitz at Borna, Germany and A Brown Coal Park for Südraum Leipzig with the Kulturstiftung des Freistaats Sachsen and Siemens AG
  • A Forest Promenade for Cergy-Pontoise at the request of the Minister of Culture for the ring cities of Paris, France
  • Dreaming the Yarkon Alive Again in Israel at the request of the Tel Aviv Foundation and the City Planner of Tel Aviv
  • the designs for A Serpentine-Lattice for the Pacific Northwest Temperate Coastal Rain Forest of North American by Reed College and A Grand Park and Meander Walk for UCSD (1984-1987) at the University of California, San Diego. Recent projects include The Endangered Meadows of Europe for the roof of the Kunst-und Ausstellungshalle in Bonn, Germany, 1996-1998 - now transformed into meadows for the Rheinaue parks in Bonn, and another meadow situated in a new cultural landscape was designed for an Artpark in Austria. The Green Heart of Holland for the Cultural Council of South Holland is being enacted in part, and parts of Casting a Green Net: Can It Be We Are Seeing a Dragon? for Art Transpennine, a collaborative effort with the Liverpool Tate and the Henry Moore Foundation in England are being discussed. A preliminary version of a work for the Garonne River in France has already been exhibited and a small building at Les Abattiors has been dedicated to the ongoing project for the next several years. Peninsula Europe: the High Ground (2000-ongoing) is a 3000-sq.-ft., multimedia exhibition installation funded by the European Union, the Deutsche Bundes Umwelt Stiftung, the Schweisfurth Stiftung of Munich and various cultural institutions and museums. Catalogs exist in English, German, French and Dutch. See www.peninsula-europe.net. The Santa Fe Drain Basin: Lessons from the Genius of Place, Santa Fe Art Institute, Catalog, 2004-05, eight considerations on the earths and the waters of the Santa Fe Drain Basin.

Collections include

the Powers Collection in Australia

  • The National Museum of Modern Art, The Pompidou Center in Paris
  • Les Abattiors, Le Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Toulouse, France
  • The La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art
  • The Brooklyn Museum of Art
  • The Museums of Modern Art in New York and Chicago
  • The Tel Aviv Museum in Israel
  • Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York
  • Metromedia
  • The Chase Manhattan Bank
  • The First National Bank of Chicago
  • ARCO, Inc., Dallas
  • The Art Gallery of Washington University in St. Louis
  • the Chicago Office of the American Medical Association
  • The Albertina Museum in Vienna, Austria
  • San Jose Museum of Art
  • Georgia Museum of Art
  • as well as various private collections.


Involvement with Global Warming

A brief history of the Harrison Studio involvement.

  1. . San Diego is the Center of the World, New Wilderness magazine 1974. Cover image, New Work, Powers Collection, Australia.
  2. . 6 1/2 foot by 11 foot world map drawn if all the ice were melted, with text. Lagoon Cycle 1978 collection, Centre Pompidou.
  3. . Greenhouse Bonn, Kunst und Austellingshalle, Bundesrepublik Deutschland 1995.
  4. . The Mountain in the Greenhouse, disk and catalogue, Peninsula Europe 2001.
  5. . Greenhouse Britain: Losing Land, Gaining Wisdom, DEFRA grant funded, UK, exhibitions pending 2005-ongoing. Opening London City Hall, 2008.
  6. . Peninsula Europe, the Rising of Waters the Warming of Lands, 2007 in Envisioning Change at The Natural World Museum, The Nobel Peace Centre, Oslo, Norway.

Wikipedia links

Wikipedia:The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama

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