Works on Water

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Works on Water

Client: Works on Water and New Georges Theater
Location: New York, NY
2017 Triennial Artists: 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)

Pictured Above: The Color of Crude by Torkwase Dyson, 2017.

A Decade Platform by Mare Liberum, 2017 (foreground) and 36.5/a durational performance with the sea by Sarah Cameron Sunde, 2017 (background).

Works on Water: 26 Days of Art + Theater, Exhibition at 3LD Art and Technology Center, 2017.

Photos courtesy of EPW Studio.


Via works in an on-going capacity as member of the curatorial team for Works on Water, a New York City-based organization that is building a community of artists whose work relates to water in response to the changing climate, increasing urban density, and growing public awareness of ecological concerns.


With fellow curators Clarinda Mac Low, Eve Mosher, Nancy Nowacek, Katie Pearl and Sarah Cameron Sunde, Via produced and managed the inaugural triennial in 2017, including commissioning 10 temporary public art installations at 3LD Art & Technology Center in Lower Manhattan and 10 “field works” throughout New York City. These field works included artist-led tours, expeditions, interactive walks and performances, as well as panel discussions and other events led by exhibition artists and others, including Mary Miss, Rachel Stevens, and Underwater New York. Field works took place across New York City, from Coney Island Creek to the former Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island to the Hudson River, and provided opportunities for a diverse audience to get outdoors and explore New York City with the artists who are inspired by our waterways.


Currently, Via is helping to facilitate artist selection for a series of  Works on Water artist residencies on Governors Island. These short-term studio residencies will host up to 50 artists exploring issues related to water and New York City.