Listening To Water
(Hero Image: Blake Lavia, The Eyes of Water, watercolor, 2023)
The Richard F. Brush Art Gallery will present the exhibition, Listening to Water from Monday, October 16 to Saturday, December 9, 2023.
The exhibition explores the roles, rights, and responsibilities of the various communities that make up these Northeastern watersheds. From the Freshwater Mussels that clean the currents, the American Eel that weaves together streams and oceans, the Trees that shape the weather, and the Butterflies that travel from Flower to Flower, these “guardians” do their part to keep the watershed flourishing. To tell the guardians’ stories, the exhibition also features collaborations among scientists and artists, including environmental biologist Dr. Curt Stager (USA), painter David Kanietakeron Fadden (Akwesasne), and ecologist and mixed-media artist Dr. Michale Glennon (USA).
Curated by the environmental storytellers and activists Blake Lavia and Tzintzun Aguilar-Izzo of Talking Wings, the exhibition is part of the Listening to Water symposium presented in the late fall of 2023 involving both Indigenous and settler participants. Three in-person gallery discussions bring together artists who share how human interpreters can leave space for water and their guardians to speak.