David Brooks' '09 Solo Exhibition at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

BY Kristina Tate, June 2, 2016

Columbia alumnus David Brooks 09’s solo exhibition,Continuous Service Altered Daily, is now on view at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Connecticut until February 2017.

Brooks is a Brooklyn-based artist. He attended the Städelschule, Staatliche Hochschulefür Bildende Künste in Frankfurt am Main, Germany; he earned his BFA from The Cooper Union in 2000 and his MFA from Columbia University. His work explores culture’s relationship to the natural world through material.

The exhibition, Continuous Service Altered Daily, is a sculptural array of dismembered parts of a 1976 John Deere 3300 series combine harvester which Brooks has arranged in an ambling procession that moves through the entire gallery. Through his presentation, Brooks creates a connection between the fundamental use of the combine harvester -- to reap crops like grain and corn -- and our complicated ecosystem, demonstrating how a set of organisms and their environment function together. You can read more about Brooks’ exhibltion here.

On June 4th, 2016, the renowned philosopher Timothy Morton (below), will deliver an exhibition-specific lecture on Continuous Service Altered Daily.

Timothy MortonMorton is a Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at Rice University. He gave the Wellek Lectures in Theory in 2014 and has collaborated with artists Björk, Haim Steinbach, and Olafur Eliasson. He is the author of Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence (Columbia, 2016), Nothing: Three Inquiries in Buddhism (Chicago, 2015), Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World (Minnesota, 2013), Realist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality (Open Humanities, 2013), The Ecological Thought (Harvard, 2010), Ecology without Nature (Harvard, 2007), and eight other books and 150 essays on philosophy, ecology, literature, music, art, architecture, design and food. Morton blogs regularly at www.ecologywithoutnature.blogspot.com.

The lecture is free and open to the public, and will take place at 3PM at the Ridgefield Library, with a reception to follow at The Aldrich Museum. Admission is free, but registration is required at aldrich.org. No preregistration is required to view the exhibit, which will remain on view through February 5, 2017.