by Allison Meier
June 21, 2017

The Inaugural Triennial on New York’s Waterways Drops Anchor

Works on Water, a new triennial on New York’s waterways, hosts an exhibition on local artist engagement with the city’s tides and currents.

Walt Whitman famously celebrated New York as a “city of hurried and sparkling waters! city of spires and masts! City nested in bays! my city!.” Over a century since the poet’s death, New Yorkers tend to look inland. Sure, many residents still rely on ferry service for their commutes, but most of us rarely interact with the rivers and harbor. Yet there is active engagement by some artists, whether boat-building, intrepid voyages on the often polluted currents, or quixotic attempts to build a bridge from Brooklyn to Governors Island. READ MORE…


by Nicole Miller
July 14, 2017


Works on Water

In June, while art dealers and collectors flocked to the fairs in Basel and Venice—where you could nab one of Damien Hirst’s massive, bronze shipwreck fabrications for a cool five million dollars—a different sort of exhibition launched in downtown Manhattan. Works on Water is the inaugural triennial devoted to works made on, in, or with water. Unlike Hirst’s Treasures, which raids maritime mythology for luxury goods, Works on Water is rooted in the social practices of artists responding to changing urban ecologies. Presented by the theater company New Georges, with 3LD Art & Technology Center and Urban Water Artists, in collaboration with Guerilla Science, the month-long event brings together visual and performing art with environmental and social science. Through its gallery programming and off-site expeditions, curators make the case for an emerging genre that is interdisciplinary, collaborative, and community-based—a counterpoint to the global commodity-fetish. READ MORE…

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