Call for Papers: The Meteorological Impulse in Art…

Deadline: August 30th**

CFP: The Meteorological Impulse in Art: Modernity, Postmodernity, and the Atmospheric Turn

Chairs: John A. Tyson and Ellen Tani

Call for Papers for Session at College Art Association (CAA) 105th Annual Conference (New York, NY, February 15–18, 2017)

Deadline for abstracts: August 30, 2016

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Session Abstract

Meteorology, the science of atmospheric conditions and phenomena—especially related to weather—emerged as an area of study in the seventeenth century. Weather reports have regularly appeared in newspapers since the late 1800s. With the rise of the ecology movement in the 1960s, weather’s intersections with other systems became an ever more urgent issue; calls to recognize our embeddedness in the atmosphere came soon after space travel enabled its first images to circulate. This panel will analyze artistic corollaries to meteorology, a field with a history deeply intertwined with modernity’s.

Weather is metaphorically rich. In many romance languages the word refers to time and climate conditions. From trade winds and Schumpeter’s Gale, to political storms and racial climates, meteorological invocations occur in conjunction with systematic shifts in economics and politics. Artists have depicted weather for numerous reasons: Frederic Church imagined patriotic cloud formations in Our Banner in the Sky (1861); Gustave Caillebotte’s paintings reflected society’s fascination with meteorology. From the 60s onward, artists transitioned from representing weather to drawing on its processes. Works with a meteorological impulse, such as Carolee Schneemann’s Viet Flakes (1965) or Robert Barry’s gas releases (1969), radically acknowledged flux and subverted the certainty of vision. New understandings of environments, works with a “systems esthetic” (Jack Burnham), or “dematerialized” art (Lucy Lippard) emerge when considered in light of an atmospheric turn. We welcome papers that plot art’s meteorological impulses, expand notions of art as atmosphere, or examine the role of weather in art from c.1850 until today.

Please send 250-word abstract and other items detailed below to Ellen Tani (Bowdoin College Museum of Art, and John A. Tyson (National Gallery of Art,  Continue reading

Friday 3/25: SPWS in Map as Metaphor Panel

Please join us this Friday 3/25 for a panel discussion in the Center for Book Arts History of Art Series: Map as Metaphor.

Panel 2 – The Eco-Techno Map: Data and Online Initiatives
Friday, March 25, 6:30pm
Center for Book Arts, 28 W. 27th St, NYC

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Moderator: Heidi Neilson, artist and co-founder of SP Weather Station


Liz Barry, urban designer, Co-Founder & Co-Director of TreeKIT, and Co-Founder and Director of Community Development at Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science

Ingrid Burrington, artist-in-residence at Data & Society Research Institute and a fellow at Autodesk/Pier 9’s Experimental Research Lab

Natalie Campbell, independent curator and co-founder of SP Weather Station

Eric W. Sanderson, director of the Mannahatta Project, author, and Senior Conservation Ecologist, Wildlife Conservation Society

Reservations recommended:

Email or call 212-481-0295
Suggested donation: $10 / $5 members.


This is the second panel in a three-part series investigating how the map can be understood as a metaphor, both as material artifact and cultural object as well as an artistic tool. Our second panel focuses on professionals and technologists working with maps, responding to the inclusion, omission, or loss of information, and projecting past data into new presentations.

The series is organized by the Center for Book Arts and made possible through a grant by the New York Chapter of the American Printing History Association.

Lecture – The Artist as Weatherman: Hans Haacke’s Critical Meteorology

The Artist as Weatherman: Hans Haacke’s Critical Meteorology

John A. Tyson, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow, National Gallery of Art. Hans Haacke (b. 1936, Cologne) is one of the leading figures of conceptual art and one of the most important political artists working today. In 2013, the Collectors Committee of the National Gallery of Art made possible the acquisition of Haacke’s Condensation Wall (1963–1966/2013), a breakthrough kinetic work from the artist’s early career. Reflecting Haacke’s involvement with the West German-based group Zero, Condensation Wall is part of a set of sculptures, includingCondensation Cube and Condensation Floor, that combine geometric shapes and organic materials to reveal physico-dynamical processes. Contemporaneous with minimal sculpture, Haacke’s work transforms the industrially fabricated containers of artists like Donald Judd and Larry Bell into barometers: depending on the conditions of the environment, the water inside condenses and evaporates into fog or “rain.” The transparent boxes frame this natural process, the gallery that displays them, and the surrounding artworks. In this lecture, delivered on December 14, 2015 as part of the Works in Progress series, John Tyson considers how Haacke has employed weather for both aesthetic and political ends, exploring the way meteorological projects, such as Condensation Wall, can heighten viewers’ awareness of the normally invisible systems at work in art institutions.

Detail of Haacke’s Condensation Wall (1963-1966/2013)


2013 Reports Portfolio – Center for Book Arts – January 2015

The SP Weather Station 2013 portfolio has been selected for the exhibition, “Redux: Selected Featured Artist Projects Renewed” at the Center for Book Arts!

The Center for Book Arts: January 23, 2015 – April 3, 2015
Opening reception: Friday, January 23rd at 6pm

Organized by Maddy Rosenberg, Independent Curator and Founder of CENTRAL BOOKING.

As part of the Center’s 40th Anniversary season, this exhibition will highlight selected artists who have had a Featured Artist Project exhibition or installation showcasing a cohesive or recent body of work. For this exhibition, the curator has selected a work from each artist that continues the dialogue of their past presentation. Artists include Lynne Avadenka, Tomie Arai, Julie Chen, Steven Daiber, Johanna Drucker, Timothy C. Ely, Anne Gilman, Kumi Korf, Karen Kunc, Hedi Kyle, Jacqueline Rush Lee, Nora Ligorano & Marshall Reese, Richard Minsky, Leah Oates, Tom Phillips, Benjamin D. Rinehart, Susan Rotolo, Diane Samuels, Rocco Scary, Mare Adamitz Scrupe, Susan Joy Share, SP Weather Station, Barbara Tetenbaum, Cynthia Thompson, Harvey Tulcensky, and Claire van Vliet, among others.


SP Weather Station is happy to participate in the exhibition:


A Performance – Installation – Researchproject in public space of New York, Istanbul and Tel Aviv

Featuring SP Weather Station New York: a project by Heidi Neilson and Natalie Campbell (reports: Douglas Paulson, Roni Gross, Ellie Irons and Dan Phiffer)

Opening reception: Thursday, November 27, 2014, 7pm.

Welcome and introduction: Jana Borkamp, Borough Council for Culture and Education, Dr. Birgit Möckel, Art historian and Curator

Sat, January 17, 2015, 4 pm: walkthrough with Jenny Brockmann
Thu, January 22, 2015, 7 pm: ‘Perimetrical Expeditions and Urban Landscapes’ – Kristina Kramer in conversation with Ece Pazarbası, music: Jeff Özdemir & Friends

Exhibition from November 28, 2014 till January 23, 2015 (December 23, 2014 – January 1, 2015 closed)

Opening hours: Tue – Thu 1 – 7 pm, Fri – Sat 2 – 8 pm, admission is free

The exhibition will be complemented with a series of workshops in collaboration with the ‘Fichtelgebirge Elementary School’ and the ‘Youth Club Feuerwache’

Support for the exhibition is generously provided by Berlin Senate Cultural Affairs Department, Berlin


Happy 20th, Flux Factory!

HOMECOMING at Flux Factory–celebration of Flux’s 20th anniversary. Homecoming Exhibition Dates: August 1 – 17, 2014 (yes! SP Weather Station is participating) Opening night: August 1, 6-9pm
Banquet: August 2, 7pm  Tickets Available Here

SPWS Event at the Center for Book Arts, This Friday

Artist Talk & Panel Discussion

SP Weather Station with Rena Leinberger,
Mark Nystrom, and Chad Stayrook

Moderated by Don Russell

In conjunction with the exhibition:
Featured Artist Project: SP Weather Reports (2008-2013)

Friday, February 21st, 6:30pm
Suggested donation: $10/ $5 members. Reception to follow.

The Center for Book Arts
28 W. 27th Street, 3rd Floor (Between 6th Avenue & Broadway)

Join us for presentations and discussion featuring three artists who have contributed to SP Weather Reports, moderated by Don Russell, Executive Director of Provisions Learning Project. Following brief presentations by each artist, the group will discuss aspects of the project, including the act of reporting, their relationship with data and the ‘curatorial assignment,’ the edition format, and more. More information on SP Weather Reports is online here.

Moderator Donald Russell has been a leader in the integration of contemporary arts and society since 1976. His work focuses on nurturing and amplifying artists who expand both the contents and contexts for art. He currently serves on the research faculty of George Mason University’s School of Art where he directs a research center enriching the school’s curriculum, teaching and developing international public art projects. He has extensive experience managing and directing contemporary nonprofit arts, philanthropic and publishing ventures, with special expertise at the intersection of arts and social change. He has organized over one hundred exhibitions as well as public art commissions, residencies, conferences and educational field projects with students. His work spans all contemporary art media with particular emphasis on photography, artists’ publications, public art and new media. He is interested in investigating the transformative potential of art in community development and democratic discourse in a today’s global environment. He is President of Art Resources International and Executive Director of Provisions Learning Project. He previously served as Executive Director of Washington Project for the Arts and coordinated the gallery, traveling exhibitions and artists’ bookstore at Visual Studies Workshop.



Rena Leinberger works primarily in sculpture, installation, public projects and photography. The projects utilize building materials as object, image and artifice, navigating our surroundings as simultaneously constructed and imaged space. These duplicative and reciprocal relationships produce an inquiry into progress, material failure, and the collapse of ideologies that accompany our architectures. Her solo exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Gallery 400 at University of Illinois of Chicago, Zg Gallery, Chicago; the Evanston Art Center, Evanston IL; 1R Gallery, Chicago; and a commissioned public project by the NYC DOT’s Urban Art Program, Queens, NYC. Her work has been included in group shows internationally in Germany, Great Britain, Argentina and the United Arab Emirates, as well as at the Queens Museum of Art, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Smack Mellon, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, CUE Art Foundation, MASS MoCA, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, and the City of San Antonio International Center, among others.  Awards and residencies include Joan Mitchell Foundation grants, an International Studio and Curatorial Program residency, several SUNY Research and Creative Project Grants, residencies at threewalls and Catwalk, and a fellowship in the Bronx Museum’s AIM program. She was recently a participant in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space residency program on Governors Island, New York, and an artist-in-residence at Dickinson College.


Mark Nystrom is an artist and designer whose work explores visualizations of complex information and includes drawings, installations, projections and screen-based projects. He has actively exhibited in cities across the U.S. including Boston, Cincinnati, New York, and Philadelphia. His live wind drawings—generated with wind data collected at an exhibition site—have been shown in Brooklyn, New York; Asheville, Cary, and Greensboro in North Carolina; and Salisbury, Maryland. A solo exhibition of his work was recently held at the Cary Arts Center. In 2012, during the Democratic National Convention, “The Political Reporter”—a new media project that randomly generates statements using words found in online news stories—was part of an exhibition of works projected onto a twelve-story building near the convention site. Nystrom received a B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Tech and an M.F.A. in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design where he won two awards for outstanding work by a graduate student. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Art at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.


Chad Stayrook is a living and breathing artist based out of Brooklyn, NY. Stayrook holds a M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute and B.F.A. from Ohio University. He is represented by Romer Young Gallery in San Francisco, CA. Notable US-based exhibitions include a yearlong art expedition centered around a canoe trip up the Hudson River for Peekskill Project V at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, a multimedia participatory installation at Conflux Festival 2010 in NYC, solo exhibitions at Romer Young Gallery, San Francisco, and Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, and group exhibitions at the International Print Center New York, N.A.D.A. Miami, Contemporary Art Center, Las Vegas, Flux Factory, Queens NY, and Corcoran Gallery of Arts, Washington DC. Stayrook’s work has been featured in the Van Abbemuseum of Contemporary Art in Eindhoven Netherlands and the Incheon Artists Biennial in South Korea. Awards and residencies include the Van Lier Fellowship Award, Vox Populi Artist Fellowship, LMCC’s Swing Space Program, Harold Arts, Chesterhill OH, The Arctic Circle Program, Svalbard Norway, and the Tin Shop Studio, Breckenridge CO. Alongside his art practice, Chad works as an independent curator and is co-founder and co-director of Present Company Gallery, Brooklyn.

The exhibition SP Weather Reports (2008-2013) and related programming at the Center for Book Arts is made possible, in part, by The New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Above images:
Rena Leinberger, Stepping Into the Same Weather More Than Once (2013); Mark Nystrom, Winds (2009); Chad Stayrook, Gambling With the Weather: Roulette (2012).

Center for Book Arts Featured Artist Project: SP Weather Reports (2008-2013)

Here’s a peek at the installation, which is on view until March 29, 2014. The show is organized by year. Years 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010 are left-to-right on the bindery-workshop side of the center:


And years 2008 and 2009 are left-to-right in the printshop-workshop side of the center:cba_spws_printshop

Here is a map of the exhibition as a PDF, identifying the pieces.

New Book + Opening Reminder

In conjunction with the exhibition Featured Artist Project: SP Weather Reports (2008-2013) on view from January 17–March 29, we are pleased to announce the publication of Six Years of Weather, which compiles tables of all weather data recorded at the SPWS station base in Long Island City since the project began. 

See you at the Center for Book Arts!
Opening January 17th 6-8 pm.
28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor