New Georges to Present the 2017 Works on Water Inaugural Triennial in New York

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New Georges to Present the 2017 Works on Water Inaugural Triennial in New York

26 Days of art and theater from June 5, 2017 to June 30, 2017

First large-scale, recurring arts festival dedicated to art made on, in and with the water

The theatrical debut of (Not) Water, a large-scale, immersive theater piece
exploring the impact of climate change

New York, N.Y., May 9 2017 – New Georges today announced the 2017 Works on Water Inaugural Triennial, an exhibition that presents diverse artistic expressions of water in the urban environment in concert with theater, art expeditions, special events and multi-disciplinary conversations.

The Works on Water inaugural triennial exhibition will feature works by Torkwase Dyson, Dylan Gauthier with Mare Liberum, Marie Lorenz, Mary Mattingly, Paloma McGregor, Eve Mosher, Nancy Nowacek, Katie Pearl, Sarah Cameron Sunde, TRYST (Clarinda Mac Low with Carolyn Hall and Paul Benney) and The Floating Studio for Dark Ecologies (Marina Zurkow, Nicholas Hubbard, and Rebecca Lieberman).

Works on Water will also serve as the venue for the theatrical debut of (NOT) WATER, a large-scale, immersive theater piece exploring the impact of climate change written by Sheila Callaghan and directed by Daniella Topol.

The bodies of water in and around New York City present both opportunity and challenge in light of climate change, increasing urban density and growing public awareness of ecological concerns. The exhibition, featuring the work of artists living and working in the city, examines the interaction between water and art and the individuals and communities that make up the city.

Works on Water is an all-too-rare opportunity for art, theater, dialog and problem-solving to intersect in a shared, flexible space,” said Susan Bernfield, founder and producing artistic director of New Georges.

For 26 days in June the public is invited to take part in a wide variety of performances and experiences, from multi-disciplinary conversations and workshops, to live performances and curated, interactive walking tours taking place in all five boroughs of New York City. Visit for detailed descriptions, dates, times and tickets and/or reservations.

Exhibition: The exhibition is a rare opportunity to see works by well-known artists who are doing important time-based and site-specific work out in the world translated into a gallery setting. Open every day from June 5 to June 30 at the 3LD Art & Technology Center at 80 Greenwich Street in the financial district.

Expeditions: Curated walking tours, discussions, and site-specific performances at locations across New York City. Some expeditions require advanced reservations as capacity is limited. Select performances will also be taking place as part of the lunchtime Arts Brookfield Series at Zuccotti Park. Participating artists include Lise Brenner, Audrey Gámez, Helen Georgas, Sto Len, Rachel Parish, Nicki Pombier, Rachel Stevens, Celine Song and Mariel Villeré.

Conversations: Curated by Katie Pearl and Guerilla Science, a series of ten public conversations among an interdisciplinary group of artists, scientists, urban planners, academics, and other water-related professionals will be throughout the exhibition at the 3LD Art & Technology Center.

Theater: New Georges with 3LD Art & Technology Center in collaboration with Guerilla Science presents a world premiere immersive theatrical experience (NOT) WATER. Written by Sheila Callaghan directed by Daniella Topol, with associate playwright Liza Birkenmeier, general collaborator Susan Bernfield and science dramaturgy by Guerilla Science. Design by Deb O, Ari Fulton, Barbara Samuels, Broken Chord Collective and Cory Einbinder and featuring Rebecca Hart, Carmen M. Herlihy, Ethan Hova, Polly Lee, April Matthis and Mike Shapiro.

Short works-in-progress under development by the 2016-2017 artists-in-residence at New Georges — including playwrights Helen Banners, Sarah Einspanier, Emerie Snyder and Lisa Szolovits — will be presented on June 12 and June 19 in a workshop setting.

The artist-driven curatorial team behind Works on Water includes Emily Blumenfeld, Clarinda Mac Low, Eve Mosher, Nancy Nowacek, Katie Pearl, and Sarah Cameron Sunde.

“The artists featured in Works on Water are responding to the urgency of a changing climate, increasing urban density and a burgeoning public awareness of ecological concerns,” said participating artist and curator Sarah Cameron Sunde. “We feel it is important to show and discuss their works — made in, on or in direct response to the water – because they connect to current economic, political and social issues.”

For more information and a complete schedule of events please visit


Works on Water Media contact
David Lowey
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New Georges
New Georges, founded in 1992, is a strategically small theater company with a national reputation as a hub and a launchpad for the most adventurous theater artists (who are women) working today. Through productions of boundary-pushing new plays, several varieties of play development programs, and a dedicated development workspace, The Room, New Georges supports the largest ongoing working community of women theater artists in New York City and has helped launch the careers of an unprecedented generation of women playwrights and directors.
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Media contact: Emily Owens PR, emily [at], 917.408.3677

3LD Art & Technology Center
3-Legged Dog and its home, 3LD Art & Technology Center at 80 Greenwich Street, exist to produce original works in theater, dance, media and hybrid forms and to explore the narrative possibilities created by digital technology. Drama Desk-nominated 3-Legged Dog is a community-oriented and artist-run production development studio for emerging and established artists and organizations that create large-scale experimental artworks of all kinds.
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Guerilla Science
Guerilla Science connects people with science by creating live experiences in unexpected places that spark curiosity and inspire wonder. Based in London and New York, Guerilla Science mixes art, science, design, and play to translate cutting-edge scientific research into unique high-end experiences. Guerilla Science’s work is supported by Science Sandbox, a Simons Foundation initiative dedicated to engaging everyone with the process of science.
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Arts Brookfield
Arts Brookfield presents exciting, world-class cultural experiences to hundreds of thousands of people for free each year in both indoor and outdoor public spaces at Brookfield’s premier properties in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, Washington, D.C., Toronto, London, Perth and Sydney. From concerts, theater and dance to film screenings and art exhibitions, Arts Brookfield brings public spaces to life through art.
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