A new exhibit at Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Center for Visual Art examines the loaded issue of water and promotes stewardship, advocacy and activism through the work of contemporary artists.
“Water Line: A Creative Exchange” features 19 artists working in photography, mixed-media installation, video, ceramic and sculpture.
The exhibit, on view from August 4 through October 21, will feature artists’ critical response to institutional and individual actions that contribute to the water crisis, as well as imaginative solutions, practical and not, for addressing the issue. The challenge presented to artists is to engage audiences in multi-channel dialogue about water, with the intent of making visitors think differently about solutions to the problem.
Images: Natascha Seideneck, Uncanny Territory, 2017; Cannupa Hanska Luger, We Have Agency VII, 2016; Anna McKee, WAIS Reliquary: 68,000 Years (detail), 2016, image by Joe Rudko.
The artists are responding to news and reports that not only global communities are facing, but also thinking about those closer to Colorado and surrounding areas. Shrinking glaciers in Rocky Mountain National Park that source the major rivers in Colorado affect us directly, while protestors battle with oil companies for the right to protect rivers in North Dakota and students in Michigan and Oregon have been consuming contaminated water from drinking fountains at their schools.
Each of the artists, collectives, musicians and content contributors has been selected for their individual voice and expression addressing water struggles in compelling, provocative and poetic measure. Each contributor examines our relationship with water and reflects upon society’s role in protecting the environmental legacy for future generations.
Beginning August 4, exhibit hours will be from 11 am to 6 pm on Tuesday through Friday and Saturday from 12pm to 5 pm. The gallery is located at 965 Santa Fe Drive.