Friday, May 30, 2014

Water, Water Everywhere: Paean to a Vanishing Resource

The El Paso Museum of Art announcesWater, Water Everywhere: Paean to a Vanishing Resource

June 1 – August 24, 2014
Peter and Margaret de Wetter Gallery

Water, Water Everywhere: Paean to a Vanishing Resource will open to the public Sunday, June 1, 2014 in the Peter and Margaret de Wetter Gallery at the El Paso Museum of Art.  Entrance to the Museum and this exhibition are free to the public. MAP

Water is the world’s most crucial commodity and basis for all life on earth; its preservation and protection thus present one of our greatest environmental challenges. Continuing the long and noble tradition of art as cultural and political critique, Water Water Everywhere: Paean to a Vanishing Resource is an exhibition of video work examining water issues, the films being looped together and projected in the EPMA’s Peter and Margaret de Wetter Gallery. Intended to complement the larger Summer exhibition Vanishing Ice, this show features works that range in duration from less than a minute to half an hour. The films move in approach from artistic to documentary, and the international array of artists represented explore water from personal, social, and political perspectives. The works are experimental, educational, humorous, solemn, animated, or acted. Water Water Everywhere was curated by Jennifer Heath and organized by Baksun Arts & Books in Boulder, Colorado.

The EPMA’s major Summer ticketed exhibition is Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art, 1775–2012, curated by Barbara Matilsky of the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, Washington, where the exhibition premiered. Following its presentation in El Paso, Vanishing Ice will tour internationally to appear at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario. The Whatcom also created a website for the exhibition:

Combining international work in a variety of media by historical artists such as Ansel Adams, Thomas Hart Benton, Albert Bierstadt, and Gustave Doré and contemporary creators such as Olaf Otto Becker, Jean de Pomereu, Alexis Rockman, and Spencer Tunick, Vanishing Ice considers this diverse and stunning landscape imagery within the context of global warming. The exhibition traces the emerging popularity of alpine and polar landscapes in the eighteenth century, and their evolving meanings through time—for instance, as records of previously uncharted realms and geologic history or as exceptional expressions of the Romantic sublime or the cosmic and spiritual in nature. We also learn notable parallels between the original artist-naturalist-explorers who traveled to icy regions in association with government- or business-sponsored research or commercial voyages, and many contemporary artists who collaborate closely with scientists and writers to investigate and call attention to the fragility and fate of these areas under climate change.

In addition to presenting great art and enriching our knowledge of climate history and issues, Vanishing Ice offers local audiences exposure to unfamiliar topography very different from the Chihuahuan Desert—as well as the chance to beat the heat this Summer in El Paso! And finally, the Nepalese-born American artist Jyoti Duwadi will create a large ice installation outside the museum for the opening reception; Duwadi’s melting work references the beauty, grandeur, and fragility of ice in this contemporary age of unprecedented global warming.

Visiting the El Paso Museum of Art During Home Games and Other Southwest University Park Events

The El Paso Museum of Art is located near Southwest University Park. 
Please anticipate heavy traffic for home games and other stadium events.
Options for paid parking include the Mills Plaza, Convention Center, and Camino Real parking lots which are all located within one block of the Museum.
Limited metered parking is available on Main Street. 
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