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Water Ways

Tension and Flow

April 04, 2015, through August 23, 2015
Edward Burtynsky, Oil Spill #1

Edward Burtynsky, Oil Spill #1, Rem Forza, Gulf of Mexico, May 11, 2011, digital chromogenic color photograph. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Gift of Nancy and Thomas F. O’Neil III, Class of 1979; 2014.66.11. © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto / Howard Greenberg Gallery and Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York 

David Goldes, Water Balance

David Goldes, Water Balance, 1994, gelatin silver print. Gift of Nancy and Thomas F. O’Neil III, Class of 1979; 2014.66.16. © David Goldes, courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York 

Gideon Mendel, Suparat Taddee

Gideon Mendel, Suparat Taddee, Chumchon Ruamjai District, Bangkok, Thailand, November 2011, from the portfolio Drowning World, November 2011, giclee print on paper. Lent by Andrew E. Lewin, Class of 1981; EL.2013.48.6. © Gideon Mendel / Drowning World 

Peter Eve, River Wandjina

Peter Eve, River Wandjina, 2004, gelatin silver print. Gift of Will Owen and Harvey Wagner; 2011.43.77 © Peter Eve 

Water is essential to human life, shaping the geography of human settlement, modes of travel, and ease of trade. Too much water (flooding) or too little (drought) has wrought havoc in communities for millennia. This exhibition considers humans’ relationship to water, from the architecture of socialization pictured in Edward Burtynsky’s photograph of a stepwell in India to the dramatic effects of flooding shown in images of people in front of their homes from Gideon Mendel’s series Drowning World. From quiet still lifes (David Goldes) to panoramic landscapes (Ian Teh), these photographs showcase the beauty and power of this miraculous, yet quotidian, substance.
This exhibition was organized by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, and generously support by the Harrington Gallery Fund.
Curated by Amelia Kahl, Associate Curator of Academic Programming
Hood Museum