Confrontation presented the solo and collaborative work of Lauren Strohacker, a Phoenix-based artist whose work examines the ever-growing conflict between humans and animals as our manufactured environments–physical, political and economical–expand into natural habitats. Working with Lauren, we integrated aspects from three of her recent projects in an immersive environment with video and installation. NO(w)HERE is an ephemeral site-specific public work designed to incite awareness about the Mexican wolf; Animal Land is a visual metaphor for wildlife in the Anthropocene era; and Un-Fragmenting: Reuniting Culture and Ecology in the Borderlands is an interdisciplinary intervention that transforms the US – Mexico border wall from barrier to backdrop with images from the Northern Jaguar Reserve.
In 2017 the Museum of the Southwest presented four different artists whose photographs, sculptures and multimedia installations bring together art and science in the American Southwest. This series has examined the role that artists have in engaging with different scientific disciplines and presenting information in new and dynamic ways to the public. Although they are now two distinct fields, for centuries science and art were closely intertwined. Contemporary artists are starting to once again bridge the divide and unite the two fields. This exhibition was the third of four parts of the 2017 Contemporary Artist Series: Science in the Southwest.