Ilana Halperin: Minerals of New York, The Hunterian

13 July 2019 – 13 October 2019

This Exhibition at The Hunterian combines geology, biography and New York City,

Admission free

Ilana Halperin is an artist who lives and works between Glasgow and the Isle of Bute. Her practice often explores the relationship between geology and everyday life. For example, Halperin shares her birthday with the Eldfell volcano in Iceland, and she returns once a decade to spend time with the volcano on significant occasions.

Her latest project takes her back to New York, her childhood home, through a ‘mineral biography of the city’ which takes shape across a range of media, including drawings, photographs, objects, and a 35mm slide show.

Ilana Halperin's Subway Garnet. Courtesy the artist.
At the project’s heart is a piece of garnetiferous gneiss, excavated from beneath the street which Halperin grew up on – a point of connection between her biography, that of the modern city, and the deep geological time that shaped it. This work was produced for a recent solo exhibition at Leeds Arts University, and will be seen for the first time in Scotland when it opens at The Hunterian.

‌Alongside her new project Minerals of New York, The Hunterian will exhibit a number of Halperin’s works from its own collection which relate to her ongoing interest in the Eldfell volcano.

‌Minerals of New York is at the Hunterian Art Gallery from 13 July – 13 October 2019. Open Tuesday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm and Sunday 11.00am – 4.00pm. Admission is free.

1. Pick & Hammer Club at marble outcrop on 207th Street off Broadway, 1942.
2. Ilana Halperin, The Subway Garnet, Graphite on Fabriano Paper, 2012.
All images courtesy of the artist and Patricia Fleming, Glasgow.

The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, off University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ

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