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Breath(e): Toward Climate and Social Justice

Part of Getty’s region-wide initiative PST ART: Art and Science Collide, the Hammer presents Breath(e): Toward Climate and Social Justice, organized by guest co-curators Glenn Kaino and Mika Yoshitake. The exhibition considers environmental art practices that address the climate crisis and anthropogenic disasters and their inescapable intersection with issues of equity and social justice. Breath(e) features works by more than 20 artists, including works by Mel Chin, Ron Finley, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Garnett Puett, and Lan Tuazon, commissioned specially for this exhibition.

Breath(e) was conceived during the height of the global COVID-19 pandemic and America’s racial reckoning in 2020, and as such explores pressing issues related to the ethics of climate justice, while proposing pragmatic and philosophical approaches to spur discussion and resolution. The exhibition strives to challenge and deconstruct polarized political attitudes surrounding climate justice in America and offers new perspectives around land and indigenous rights of nature.


Brandon Ballengée
Mel Chin
Tiffany Chung
Ron Finley
LaToya Ruby Frazier
Cannupa Hanska Luger
Ryoji Ikeda
Michael Joo
Danil Krivoruchko
Xin Liu
Yoshitomo Nara
Otobong Nkanga

Roxy Paine
Garnett Puett
Rob Reynolds
Sandy Rodriguez
Sarah Rosalena
Bently Spang
Mika Tajima
Clarissa Tossin
Lan Tuazon
Jin-me Yoon
Zheng Mahler

Breath(e): Toward Climate and Social Justice is organized by the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and guest curated by Glenn Kaino and Mika Yoshitake with Jennifer Buonocore-Nedrelow, PST Fellow.

Breath(e): Toward Climate and Social Justice is made possible through lead grants from Getty as part of their PST Art: Art & Science Collide initiative.
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The exhibition is presented in partnership with Conservation International.
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Major support is provided by Alice and Nahum Lainer, Eugenio Lopez Alonso, and the Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg Fund. Generous support is provided by VIA Art Fund, The Offield Family Foundation, the Fran & Ray Stark Foundation, and The Rhonda S. Zinner Foundation and Jonathan Segal. Additional support is provided by Michael Silver and Amara and Alexander Hastings.
This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts

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Breath(e): Toward Climate and Social Justice is among more than 60 exhibitions and programs presented as part of PST ART. Returning in September 2024 with its latest edition, PST ART: Art & Science Collide, this landmark regional event explores the intersections of art and science, both past and present. PST ART is presented by Getty. For more information about PST ART: Art & Science Collide, please visit pst.art
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