Earth Works: Mapping the Anthropocene

September 5, 2017 - January 14, 2018

An exhibition premiering at the Norton Museum of Art on September 5, 2017

During the past two years, the multi-disciplinary artist and photographer Justin Brice Guariglia has been embedded in missions undertaken by NASA scientists flying airborne surveys over Greenland. His images from these experiences, paired with the creative and ground-breaking manner in which he presents them, serve to map with visual evidence, and through metaphor, the complexity of human impact on the planet. Earth Works will focus on Guariglia’s exploration of deteriorating glacial ice sheets and sea ice around Greenland, and the topographical impacts of agriculture and mining on the surface of our planet across the continent of Asia.

Earth Works will feature more than 30 of the artist’s photographs that are as valuable as science as they are as creative acts. The works range in scale from 30 x 40 inches to 16 x 12 feet created using unique acrylic printing processes Guariglia is pioneering. These exciting processes walk the line between photography and painting. The exhibition, accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog, already has a commitment from the Fisher Museum at the University of Southern California as an additional venue with other venues to be announced.

Guariglia holds the distinction of being the first artist embedded in a NASA science mission. He will be on additional flights with NASA’s Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) mission through 2020.


The Anthropocene defines Earth's most recent geologic time period as being human-influenced, or anthropogenic, based on overwhelming global evidence that atmospheric, geologic, hydrologic, biospheric and other earth system processes are now altered by humans.



Watch the announcement live from Lincoln Center
Justin Guariglia on stage with NASA's Deputy Administrator Dava Newman, and NASA's Chief of Earth Sciences and Astronaut Piers Sellers discussing his work and collaboration with NASA as an artist in relation to climate change.