Andrea Carlson / Famished for Blondes, 2011 / oil, acrylic, colored pencil and graphite on paper

Law Warschaw Gallery is proud to partner with the Mississippi Open School for Kinship and Social Exchange and guest curator Tia-Simone Gardner to present this important and timely exhibition that challenges our perceptions of human-environmental relationships and brings together the work of 26 artists, collaborative projects, and initiatives by practitioners who live and work throughout the vast Mississippi River watershed.

Exhibitions are often presented as singular presentations of a curatorial vision, or as traveling iterations of a singular project. Insurgent Ecologies: Hotter than July, attempts to include our collective struggles to make knowledge public, and our struggles with change that are otherwise made invisible behind institutional walls. What you see here is the result of relationships between the artists and curators who have theorized, built, and shown work together for the last five years. A shared desire to draw others into deeper understanding of human-ecological entanglement led to the co-production of the Mississippi Open School for Kinship and Social Exchange. The first iteration of Insurgent Ecologies—an immersive exhibition curated by Imani Jacqueline Brown and Shana M. griffin—was organized by Antenna and the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University, with support from PUNCTUATE, Tulane’s Newcomb Art Department, and the Gulf South Open School.

Insurgent Ecologies: Hotter than July holds together the intentions of these previous projects, while also making new invitations to Minnesota-based artists, designers, and researchers. This exhibition invites audiences to consider the political, ecological, social, and historical connections between the Upper Midwest region and the gulf South along the Mississippi River. How can our work as art and culture producers challenge and disrupt systems rooted in racial enslavement, colonial conquest, displacement, maritime and potamic capitalism? How have these systems ruptured a range of our kinship networks—Black, Indigenous, human, non-human? This rupture is more than a single event, it is a radically inventive process of exploitation that requires radically inventive activist imaginations.


Jeremy Bolen, Andrea Carlson, Jennifer Colten, Vicente Diaz, AnnieLaurie Erickson, Tia-Simone Gardner, Beate Geisler, Shana M. griffin, Ryan Griffis, Ana Hernandez, Brian Holmes, Sarah Kanouse, Daniel Keefe, Jon Kim, Stephanie Lindquist, Jon Lund, Heather Parrish, Matt Rappaport, Renee Royale, Oliver San, Witt Siasoco, Dameun Strange, Corinne Teed, Diver Van Avery, Monique Verdin

September 18 – December 10, 2023
Free and open to the public. All are welcome.