Staley Wise Gallery
September 17 – November 7, 2020
MEET THE ARTIST: September 17, 11am – 7pm (RSVP Required)
Those of you in New York, don’t miss Priscilla Rattazzi‘s exceptional Hoodooland exhibit, recently highlighted in Town & Country Magazine. In fact, make an effort to stop by on opening day to meet the artist, whose passion for protecting these lands has motivated her to beautifully document the majestic and barren landscapes of Lake Powell and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Priscilla will be greeting guests Thursday, September 17, from 11 am to 7 pm. RSVP required, as social distancing will be observed.
Below is a sneak peek of the exhibit, courtesy of Staley-Wise Gallery, New York.
(All reproduction of these images must include credit acknowledging the photographer, Priscilla Rattazzi and
“Courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery, New York.”)
In late 2017, the current administration ordered approximately 2,000,000 protected acres in Utah be made available for resource extraction. Nearly 1,000,000 acres would be removed from the Grand StaircaseEscalante National Monument alone. Together, this is the largest rollback of public lands protection in United States history. Outraged but motivated by this announcement, Rattazzi began to document this remarkable landscape in earnest.
“I flew back to Utah with a new camera, took very long and sometimes dangerous hikes, discovered more hoodoos, fell in love with them, and kept shooting. Then, I jokingly decided that many of these crazy rock formations looked like an army of mystical creatures and middle fingers sending a pointed message to Washington,” Rattazzi observed.
The Future of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Multiple conservation groups such as the National Resources Defense Council have filed federal suits to block the administration’s decision, but in February 2020 the Interior Department issued final plans to permit drilling, mining, and grazing in these now unprotected lands. While the fate of this land will likely be decided by the Supreme Court, Rattazzi’s photographs of these national monuments have renewed significance and urgency. (Those of you wishing to experience the monument with Yermo, Priscilla’s guide, you may email him at Yermo@seekingtreasureadventures.com )
‘Public lands are part of our fabric of connectedness in this country: through our common ownership and appreciation of them, we are vested in ne another, state to state, region to region, hunter to schoolteacher to tattoist to nation. They help unite us. God knows we need that right now.” David Quammen, The New York Times, 2016