Jeff Alexander Speaks at Grand Rapids Art Museum

February 22, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Grand Rapids Art Museum, Cook Auditorium
101 Monroe Center St NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Jeff Alexander Speaks on “The Greatalexander-rockman-gram Lakes in the 21st Century: Unprecedented Change, Uncertain Future, in conjunction with the “Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle” painting exhibit.

Join the Grand Rapids Art Museum [GRAM] for a presentation by Jeff Alexander, an award-winning author and former environmental journalist who spent two decades covering Great Lakes issues. His 2009 book about invasive species, Pandora’s Locks: The Opening of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway, has been called the “definitive history of a Great Lakes tragedy.” Learn about the profound ecological changes that have unfolded in the lakes since 2000, including quagga mussels transforming lakes Michigan, Huron and Ontario; record-setting toxic algae blooms on Lake Erie; and rising water temperatures that have made Lake Superior one of the fastest warming lakes on the planet. While tragedy is certainly part of the Great Lakes story, Jeff will also reflect on recent changes – ecological, political and social – that portend a bright future for North America’s freshwater seas.

New York Times Review: “Alexis Rockman Portrays the Great Lakes in Glory and Decline“:
“…In Alexis Rockman’s large mural “Spheres of Influence,” it’s hard to turn away from the dead waterfowl floating belly up, its head hanging underwater near a depiction of type E botulism, which has poisoned thousands of water birds. The painting is one of five in his coming show, “Alexis Rockman: The GreatLakes Cycle” starting at the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Michigan from Jan. 27 to April 29 and then traveling to Chicago, Cleveland and Minneapolis.”