February 23, 2020 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Artist Talk with Hope Ginsburg
This presentation, organized by the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum (USF CAM) in association with their exhibition Sponge Exchange (January 13 – March 7), showcases artist and educator Hope Ginsburg and her focus on the sponge culture of Tarpon Springs, also known as “The Sponge Capital of the World.” Ginsburg’s work explores the local sponge industry, raises understanding about the health of marine life and its ties to the environment and the economy, and serves as a catalyst for future solutions. The presentation will be followed by Land Dive Team: Tarpon Springs, a related public performance event at the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks at 6pm.
Presented in partnership with the University of South Florida’s Contemporary Art Museum (USF CAM).
Sponge Exchange expands artist Hope Ginsburg’s work with ecology and knowledge transfer in two new collaboratively-produced video and sculpture installations. Historic sponge diving and contemporary coral restoration inspire these explorations of climate crisis impact on coastal ecosystems. This exhibition is curated by Sarah Howard, and organized by USF Contemporary Art Museum. Sponge Exchange is supported by a National Endowment for the Arts Art Works grant and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Hope Ginsburg, Matt Flowers, Joshua Quarles, Video still from Swirling, 2019. Courtesy of the artist.