Turn the tide Art exhibition


Presented by Highfield Hall & Gardens and the Marine Biological Laboratory Falmouth Forum

Exhibition Dates:
July 14 – October 31, 2021

Highfield Hall & Gardens
56 Highfield Drive | Falmouth, MA

Tuesday – Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM
Saturday – Sunday, 10 AM – 2 PM

$10/Adult | $8/Senior Members, Military, & Children Free

Click here for more information on this exhibit.

The Marine Biological Laboratory and Highfield Hall & Gardens are pleased to bring artist Courtney Mattison to Falmouth for a unique summer 2021 exhibition.

Turn the Tide explores the delicate beauty of coral reefs through Courtney Mattison’s intricately detailed and large-scaled ceramic works that draw on her background in marine conservation, biology and policy. Her glazed stoneware and porcelain wall reliefs and sculptural objects translate concepts from climate science into aesthetically compelling forms, bringing the exuberance and fragility of coral reefs above the surface and into view.

Turn the Tide includes a site-sensitive adaptation of Mattison’s 2019 work, Malum Geminos, which explores the dual threats of climate change and ocean acidification that are causing coral reefs to sicken, bleach and erode into the sea. The artist adapted pieces from this wall relief for installation in the Beebe Gallery alongside selections from her Fossil Fuels and Hope Spots series. In addition to highlighting the human-caused threats facing coral reefs, Turn the Tide celebrates the beauty of these unique marine ecosystems and aims to inspire hope and action.

About the Artist
Courtney Mattison has been commissioned to create work for permanent collections including those of the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta and Lindblad Expeditions’ National Geographic Endurance ship. Her work has been exhibited at prominent venues including the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, The American Museum of Ceramic Art, the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

This exhibition was made possible through the generous support of the Brabson Library and Educational Foundation, the Martha’s Vineyard Bank Charitable Foundation, and the Woods Hole Foundation.

The University of Chicago, Marine Biological Laboratory, 1 July 2021. More information.

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