Opening Reception for *This Is Not A Drill* Exhibition

an orange tinted image of people standing on a rock formation overlooking a city. The words: *This Is Not A Drill* are printed on top of the image
*This Is Not A Drill* Exhibition on Technology, Equity, and the Climate Emergency

OPENING RECEPTION: September 28, 2022, 5-7pm ET
EXHIBITION DATES: September 28, 2022 - December 4, 2022
LOCATION: Bobst Library, New York University, 70 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012

The opening reception for the *This Is Not A Drill* exhibition will celebrate the artworks of the nine inaugural *This Is Not A Drill* Fellows whose work focuses at the intersection of technology, equity, and the climate emergency.

About the Exhibition

At the dawn of the new 20s, we are seeing a major shift in public perception around issues of equity and the climate emergency, paired with the reckoning that traditional ways of approaching these kinds of issues have led to failure. There is vast potential to shape not just policy interventions, but to help birth new and more equitable ways of knowing what the issues are, where they come from, and how they can be addressed. Artistic imagination and creative ways of learning and knowing are crucial for avoiding the binary traps of techno-optimism or -skepticism which so often lead to paralysis. This is the focus of *This Is Not A Drill*.

The exhibition is part of the *This Is Not A Drill* program at New York University, which is directed by Mona Sloane. As a project of the Future Imagination Fund at the Tisch School of the Arts, it fosters creative and critical thinking around the intractable social problems that are entangled with the rise of technology and the climate emergency.

*This Is Not A Drill* will be on view in the Mamdouha Bobst Gallery from September 28 - December 4, during Bobst Library's hours of operation.

Opening Reception

The opening reception will feature brief remarks after which the artists will present their works. Refreshments will be served.

The reception is open to the public. Registration and proof of full COVID vaccination status are required to gain entry to the event. Masks must be worn unless food or drink are being consumed.



This exhibition is presented in partnership with NYU Office of Sustainability, NYU Libraries, NYU Climate Change Seed Grant, 370 Jay Project, NYU Reads. The *This Is Not A Drill* program is a project of the Future Imagination Fund at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts.