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The Chrysler Museum of Art presents a two-day symposium examining topics illuminated in FloodZone: Photographs by Anastasia Samoylova and Waters Rising: A View from our Backyard. Together, the exhibitions offer searching analyses of two regions situated on the frontlines of climate change: Hampton Roads, Virginia and Miami, Florida.
The first day of the symposium will feature three panels: Science & Solutions, Artistic Interpretation, and Flooding Resilience & Social Equity. On the second day, artist Anastasia Samoylova will discuss her photographic process, and exhibition curators will be available in the galleries to engage with participants. The symposium will end with a screening of the short documentary Tidewater.
Free. Registration is required.
Prior to theater entry, please present proof of vaccination or results of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event. Digital copies are acceptable.
Saturday, April 9
Science & Solutions
Learn about the science behind rising sea levels and possible solutions for the Hampton Roads Area. Panelists from Old Dominion University include Tom Allen, professor of political science & geography; Tal Ezer and Margaret Mulholland, both professors of ocean & earth sciences; and Mujde Erten-Unal, associate professor of civil & environmental engineering. Old Dominion University engineering technology associate professor Carol Considine from the Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flooding Resiliency, Institute for Coastal Adaptation and Resilience will moderate the talk.
Artistic Interpretation Panel
Find out how artists are reacting in creative ways to the issue of rising tides during a talk featuring Corey Piper, Chrysler Museum’s Brock curator of American art; Anastasia Samoylova, the artist with featured works in FloodZone; Greta Pratt, an artist and art professor at Old Dominion University; and Matt Eich, artist and photographer.
Flooding Resilience & Social Equity Panel
Discuss how Hampton Roads might move forward with coastal resilience projects in a way that helps all members of the community with James Redick, director of emergency preparedness and response for the City of Norfolk; Gina Harris, Portsmouth resilience officer; and Ron Carlee, assistant professor and public service at Old Dominion University. Jessica Whitehead, Joan P. Brock endowed executive director of the Institute for Coastal Adaptation and Resilience at Old Dominion University, will moderate the talk.
Sunday, April 10
Artist Talk with Anastasia Samoylova
Samoylova will discuss her exhibition FloodZone and talk about capturing a coastal community whose ambitious urban development is constantly overshadowed by encroaching waters.
Screening of Tidewater
Tidewater explores the challenge of sea-level rise in the Tidewater region of Virginia and North Carolina, encompassing Hampton Roads, arguably the region whose vulnerability most affects our overall national security.