Installation view, Nectar: War upon the Bees at Pratt Manhattan Gallery (photo by Jason Mandella Photography)

Bees may not be in quite as dire straits as many of us thought they were last year, but they still represent a vital part of our ecosystem, and a threatened one. On view at Pratt Manhattan Gallery through February 11, Nectar: War Upon the Bees is “a visual essay on the mortality of pollinators as a consequence of the faster-bigger-cheaper approach to food production that is steadily draining our planet’s resources, and that could ultimately provoke the collapse of our civilization,” writes curator Berta Sichel in the catalogue. The group exhibition features a synthetic honeycomb structure by Luis Fernando Ramirez Celis, scent-infused sculptures by Kelly Heaton, a seed library by Ellie Irons and Anne Percoco, and more sustainable art. To close out the show this week, the gallery will host a Thursday night lecture by Dr. Rachael Winfree, who researches the ecology of pollinators, followed by an “eco-political cabaret” by performance group the Buzz that will include “spoken word, song, ritual and satire.”

When: Thursday, February 9, 6pm lecture, 7:30pm cabaret
Where: Pratt Manhattan Gallery (144 W 14th Street, 2nd Floor, Chelsea, Manhattan)

More info here.

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