Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste,, Städelschule, 1998
B.F.A. School of Art, The Cooper Union, 2000
M.F.A. School of the Arts, Columbia University, 2009
David Brooks is an interdisciplinary artist whose work considers the relationship between the individual and the built and natural environment. His work investigates how cultural concerns cannot be divorced from the natural world, while also questioning the terms under which nature is perceived and utilized. Brooks has exhibited at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum; MoMA/PS1; The Sculpture Center; the Dallas Contemporary; Tang Museum; Nouveau Musée National de Monaco; The Visual Arts Center; Galerie für Landschaftskunst; Nevada Museum of Art; and the Colby Museum of Art, among others. Major commissions include Storm King Art Center; Trust for Governors Island; deCordova Museum, and Cass Sculpture Foundation in the UK as well as Desert Rooftops, a 5,000-square foot urban earthwork commissioned by the Art Production Fund in Times Square. Brooks’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania; Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum in Michigan; Zabludowicz Collection, Cass Sculpture Foundation, and the Saatchi Gallery in the UK; as well as the Rubell Museum, Margulies Collection, and Miami-Dade Art In Public Places among others. Brooks is the recipient of several awards, including the Rome Prize, a research grant to the Ecuadorian Amazon from the Coypu Foundation, a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. He is on the advisory board of Pioneer Works, and is a clinical assistant professor on the faculty at Gallatin. Brooks has taught both graduates and undergraduates at the Rhode Island School of Design, Haverford College, The New School, Columbia University and was on the faculty of the Maryland Institute College of Art before coming to Gallatin. He lives and works between New York City and New Orleans.
contemporary art practices; the culture of nature; art and activism; art in the public realm; conservation biology; the archive; infrastructure; architecture; earthworks; art and ethics; ecosystem studies; resource extraction; land use; landscape design; scientific fieldwork; Neotropical biogeography; deep time; history and theory of the avant-garde; alternative educational practices; material processes and craftsmanship; experimental film; inclusion, diversity, equity, access and agency in the arts