by Wisconsin Sea Grant

In the movie, “The Graduate,” Dustin Hoffman’s character, Ben, has just graduated from college in the 1960s. He receives advice from an elder that a viable career future would be, in one word: plastics. This helpful suggestion rings hollowly in Ben’s ears.

However, many must have followed the advice. We have fabricated so much from this useful material  that it is causing environmental problems now, especially in the water.

To raise awareness about the complex cultural and material nexus that is “plastic,” Wisconsin Sea Grant has collaborated with the Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which is presenting, “Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials.”

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