Works on Water: 26 Days of Art + Theatre


Works on Water: 26 Days of Art + Theater

Project: Exhibition Curation and Production
Client: New Georges
Location: New York, NY

Curatorial Team Members: Emily Blumenfeld, Clarinda Mac Low, Eve Mosher, Nancy Nowacek, Katie Pearl and Sarah Cameron Sunde


Works on Water is the first triennial dedicated to art made on, in and with the water. The inaugural triennial took place from June 5 to 30, 2017 at 3LD Art & Technology Center in New York City, and featured artworks, theatrical performances, conversations and off-site expeditions that explored diverse artistic investigation of water in the urban environment.


Works on Water was anchored by artists who work with water as site or material, many of whom are defining the field through longtime commitments to New York City waterways and urban ecology. Ten works that typically take place outdoors were translated into a 4500-square foot gallery space. The artist were Torkwase Dyson, Marie Lorenz, Mary Mattingly, Paloma McGregor, Eve Mosher, Nancy Nowacek, Sarah Cameron Sunde and collectives Mare Liberum, TRYST (Clarinda Mac Low, Carolyn Hall, Paul Benney), and Floating Studios for Dark Ecologies (Marina Zurkow, with Nicholas Hubbard and Rebecca Lieberman). Additional curated “expeditions” by exhibition artists and other colleagues, including Mary Miss, Rachel Stevens, and Underwater New York, took place throughout New York City, from Coney Island Creek to the former Freshkills landfill on Staten Island to the Hudson River. These time-based works provided opportunities for a diverse audience to get outdoors and explore New York City with the artists who are inspired by our waterways.


Via worked as a member of the curatorial team to produce each of the ten installations in the exhibition, contracted with the artists, marketed the exhibition and wrote label text. During the course of the Exhibition we were served as curator on-site to talk with visitors and facilitated a Conversation on the titled Place Making, Place Taking and Place Keeping with Olivia George from City as Living Laboratory and Damien Griffin from the Bronx River Alliance. We also produced the twelve Expeditions – selecting many of the artists, scheduling, and staffing the events. Via is continuing to work with the curatorial team to produce a catalogue to document the exhibition and events.