Surface Tension: Displacement, Archaeology, and Artistry of Urban Water

Jan. 21 – Apr. 9, 2023

In the Spotlight, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

This rotation of the Loeb’s In the Spotlight will feature a small selection of prints, drawings, paintings, and photographs depicting water in New York State, ranging from Sanford Robinson Gifford’s sketchbook (1847), to Charles Sheeler’s painting on glass Steel, Croton (1953), to William Castellana’s contemporary photograph Girl and Fire Hydrant (2014). In conjunction with MODfest and the Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement, and Education, this focused exhibition will delve into the archaeology of these waterways, and stories of displacement that have resulted from the creation of the Hudson Valley reservoirs that support New York City’s water supply. Organized by the Loeb and April Beisaw, Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology.

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Abstract painting in blue, white and grey from a point of view from a bridge looking up at the sky
Charles Sheeler, American, 1883-1965
Steel, Croton, 1953
Tempera on glass
Purchase, gift of Edna Bryner, class of 1907, by exchange