Sarah Anne Johnson Lecture
January 31st, 2014

Nevins Theater
This event is free and open to the public.

Canadian artist Sarah Anne Johnson uses photography, sculpture, installation and performance to explore complicated personal histories, environmental realities and an unsustainable idealism. Ranging from the intimate to the overwhelming, Johnson constructs worlds haunted by memory and fringed with optimism. In her series ‘Arctic Wonderland’, Johnson creates a world of science fiction, envisioning a dystopian future by painting, digitally manipulating and embossing photographs. Large, geometric structures loom on the horizon, atmospheric bubbles enclose cities, and the sun is obscured as the apocalypse draws near. Johnson reflects on the sublime through a shuddering view of the future.

Sarah Anne Johnson has exhibited extensively, both nationally and internationally, including the Guggenheim in New York, the AGO in Toronto and Mass MoCA in North Adams. Her work has been published and reviewed in the New York Times, Art Forum, New York Magazine and the Village Voice. Johnson’s work is held in the collections of the Guggenheim and the Yale University Art Gallery and she is represented by the Julie Saul Gallery in NYC and the Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto. Johnson received her MFA from Yale University in 2004.