Based in New York, Mary Mattingly studies public-public partnerships for water infrastructure, commons management, mobile architecture, and has built floating eco habitats. In 2016, she launched a floating food forest on a barge called “Swale”, a social sculpture where people are invited to pick food from an edible landscape in order to circumvent public land laws in New York City that disallow public foraging. Mattingly recently transplanted a group of edible palm trees from agricultural zone 10 to zone 5 in upstate New York; the introduced flora accounts for predictions in climatological shifts and how that may affect agricultural zones. Mattingly’s artwork has been featured in The New York Times, Le Monde, New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and on CBS, BBC, NBC, and PBS’s Art21.
The College of DuPage Visiting Artist Series provides opportunities for the community to interact with leaders in the field of contemporary art, design and culture. Through lectures, conversations and workshops, a diverse range of art professionals provide students with new perspectives on contemporary artistic practices. This year’s series highlights artists who are committed to engaging with materiality through diverse mediums and practices.
The series is a collaboration between the Fine Arts and Architecture programs and the Cleve Carney Museum of Art. All lectures are free and open to the public. Times and Locations are subject to change.