What happens when you throw a plastic bag away? It takes several life-times to degrade! Featuring beautifully hand-crafted bags and unique art installations, In the Bag tells a story about the power of individuals to make changes in their communities and improve the health of our planet by reducing our dependence on plastic bags.
"BCM's ongoing "green" educational programs, policies, practices, and LEED Gold renovated building all demonstrate a commitment to sustainable practices and to communicate the importance of environmental stewardship to a new generation. In the Bag not only shares BCM's green goals but allows us to grow a generation of artists and art appreciators that know art can be more dynamic and thought provoking than a traditional painting on a wall," said Jennifer Jensen, Boston Children's Museum Collections Manager.
Most of the bags are made by women around the world that started fair trade businesses. The exhibit highlights fashion designers using similar techniques to create extraordinary high fashion bags. Designers include Anya Hindmarch, Nahui Ollin, and GG2G. The exhibit also highlights the work of contemporary artists employing reusable processes and exploring the iconic and physical characteristics of plastic as a medium.
- Miggs Burroughs
- Julian Gilbert
- Dan Price Virginia Fitzgerald
- Karen Guancione
- Dan Steinhilber Virginia Fleck
- Sarah Hollis Perry
- Tyler Velten
"In the Bag documents the global environmental problems caused by plastic bags while presenting attractive re-usable alternatives from around the world. This colorful and compelling exhibit also illustrates the power of an individual to make change and a community to make a difference," said Liz Milwe & Peter Wormser, In the Bag Exhibit Curators.
The modern global community is buzzing about environmental issues and the search for "greener" lifestyles. Thirty-three countries around the world, as well as a handful of United States cities, have already banned plastic bags due to the associated concerns of the affect of litter and the hazard to our wildlife and waters. The movement to ban plastic bags is a story of the power of the individuals to make change in their communities and work towards a sustainable future.
In the Bag is the fourth annual eco-inspired exhibition in the Gallery following the extremely successful Dirty Dozen, I See Trees and Heavy Metal exhibits.
In the Bag exhibit pieces will be for sale in Boston Children's Museum Shop for the entire run September 15 – November 27, 2011 with a portion of the proceeds benefiting fair trade women coops around the world.