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The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art [ZMA] serves as a vital academic resource and cultural focus for the university and members of the community. The ZMA displays significant works from the University’s permanent art collection and regularly exhibits contemporary works of various media by local and internationally-recognized artists. As an academic and artistic arena, the Zuckerman Museum of Art is pleased to partner with the KSU Division of Global Affairs during EQUINOX to facilitate engaging lectures and exhibitions as presented through the lens of artistic practice and visual culture.


2021 | 4th Annual EQUINOX_Exhibit:
Zuckerman Museum of Art Program
Date: Tuesday, March 16th, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM 


  • Cynthia Nourse Thompson
    Director of Curatorial Affairs, ZMA & Associate Professor of Art

  • Elizabeth Thomas
    Education & Outreach Coordinator, ZMA
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Virtual Lecture Presenters:
Bearing Witness with Diane Burko and JD Talasek

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JD Talasek
 is the director of Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences (2101 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington DC), a program that is focused on the exploration of intersections between science, medicine, technology, and visual culture. He was the creator and organizer of the international on-line symposium on Visual Culture and Bioscience and co-editor of the published transcripts (distributed by D.A.P., March 2009). Talasek has curated several exhibitions at the National Academy of Sciences including Imagining Deep Time (2014), Visionary Anatomies(toured through the Smithsonian Institution, 2004 - 2006), Absorption + Transmission: work by Mike and Doug Starn, The Tao of Physics: Photographs by Arthur Tress, Cycloids: Paintings by Michael Schultheis. At the University of Delaware, he organized and curated Observations in an Occupied Wilderness: Photographs by Terry Falke and LightBox: the Visual AIDS Archive Project. Additionally, Talasek serves on the Contemporary Art and Science Committee (CASC) at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. 

Talasek is the art advisor for Issues in Science and Technology Magazinepublished by the University of Texas at Dallas, Arizona State University and The National Academies. He is chair-elect for Leonardo’s Art Education and Forum; and a member of: the College Art Association; Society of Photographic Educators; the Society for Literature, Science and Art; and the American Association of Museums. 

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Diane Burko
 is a research-based artist whose practice is grounded in the intersecting arenas of art, science, the environment, and climate action. She collaborates with scientists, using their data, visiting their labs and bearing witness. She has investigated the ice fields of Greenland, Iceland, Svalbard and Alaska as well as Antarctica, Argentina’s Patagonia, and the melting glaciers in New Zealand’s southern alps. Making expeditions to Hawaii and American Samoa, she has also addressed the ocean’s coral reef eco-systems. She most recently spent a month exploring Chile’s Rapa Nui and Atacama Desert - yet another area of the world threatened by climate change. Such experiences augment her ongoing study of the natural world and inspire her studio practice resulting in over 100 exhibitions throughout the country. Her work is found in such institutions as The Art Institute of Chicago, Denver Art Museum, Delaware Art Museum, Hood Museum, Michener Art Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Tang Museum, the Tucson Museum of Art and the Zimmerli Museum.

Endangered: From Glaciers to Reefs is a superb example of Diane Burko's attempt to align her art with the public engagement. This exhibition catalog is an informative publication which served to complement Burko's visual artwork on display at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC in 2019. This is an edition that stands alone, like Burko's 2017 publication of Glacial Shifts, Changing Perspectives, Bearing Witness to Climate Change, published to accompany her exhibition at the Walton Arts Center.