Hew Locke | Spirit in the Land | Nasher Museum of Art

Hales is excited to announce the participation of Hew Locke in Spirit in the Land at The Nasher Museum of Art, through 9 July 2023. 
Spirit in the Land examines today's urgent ecological concerns from a cultural perspective, demonstrating how intricately our identities and natural environments are intertwined. Through their artwork, thirty artists show us how rooted in the earth our most cherished cultural traditions are, how our relationship to land and water shapes us as individuals and communities. The works reflect the restorative potential of our connection to nature and exemplify how essential both biodiversity and cultural diversity are to our survival.
These artists explore the ways in which our inner spaces mirror our outer ones in works that both celebrate the profound beauty of our world and mourn its loss, and with it, vanishing histories of people and place.
As the battles against climate change are often most critical for marginalized communities- environmental justice is social and racial justice-the exhibition and catalogue center the voices of artists who approach ecological awareness through a close attention to the communities most negatively affected. Acting as environmental stewards, the artists reclaim and revitalize our understanding of nature as a repository of cultural memory, a place of sanctuary, a site of resistance, and a source of spiritual nourishment and healing. As land and water provide a sense of belonging and community, the exhibition illustrates our interdependence with all life on Earth.

Hew Locke
Spirit in the Land
The Nasher Museum of Art
Duke University
2001 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705
16 February - 9 July 2023
February 16, 2023