Water Line: A Creative Exchange
August 4 - October 21, 2017
CVA will serve as a hub for an artist-led response to the water crisis. Water Line: A Creative Exchange examines the loaded issue of water, and promotes stewardship, advocacy and activism through the work of contemporary artists, and in direct conversation with students, policy analysts and scientists.
The exhibition 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 will be to engage audiences in multi-channel dialogue about water, with the intent to make visitors think differently about solutions to this problem that affects everyone, and requires the efforts of all.
Water Line: A Creative Exchange is organized by Metropolitan State University of Denver Center for Visual Art. Collaborators include One World One Water Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship, and Denver Botanic Gardens.
Anna McKee, Aurora Robson, Cannupa Hanska Luger, The Infamous Flapjack Affair and National Park Experience, Isabelle Hayeur, Matt Jenkins and Lynna Kaucheck (Food & Water Watch), Natascha Seideneck, Vibha Galhotra, Winter Count Collective (Cannupa Hanska Luger, Merritt Johnson, Nicholas Galanin, Ginger Dunnill and Dylan McLaughlin), Tomiko Jones and Jonathan Marquis, Nicholas Galanin and Merritt Johnson
All CVA events free and open to the public. Partner events offer CVA Members a discount; see below for details.
Friday, Aug 4, 2017, 6-8pm
Opening reception during Art District on Santa Fe's First Friday and summer block party
Thursday, Sep 14, 2017, 6pm
Artist talk with Anna McKee & Jim White, CU Boulder professor of geological sciences and environmental studies
Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017, 6pm
Art, Democracy and Water, artist talk with Matt Jenkins and Lynna Kaucheck of Food & Water Watch
Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017, 6pm
Uncanny Territory, artist talk with Natascha Seideneck
Ebb & Flow: Water in the Semi-Arrid Desert
An events series through September
See list of events and register
**CVA Members receive Denver Botanic Gardens Member rate**
Select "Reciprocal Adult Member" at checkout
In this 2017 series, Denver Botanic Gardens explores the importance of watert through the lens of art, conservation, home owndership and gardening. The lecture series includes topics such as enhancing the abundance of water throughout the world, rock gardening and water quality of the Colorado River through underwater photography. A parallel series of initimate workshops, tours and trips further the exploration. Learn more about the series and register at Denver Botanic Gardens.
August 16, 2017
Cannupa Hanska Luger: We Have Agency
Artist Cannupa Hanska Luger was born in North Dakota on the Standing Rock Reservation and identifies as Manda, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakora, Austrian, and Norwegian. A large portion of Cannupa’s work is multi-disiplinary, however, We Have Agency is ceramic-centric.
August 16, 2017
Cannupa Hanska Luger discusses Winter Count
During a past exhibition at CVA, Cross Currents, Cannupa met Merritt Johnson and Nicholas Galanin who are artists also working to change perceptions of contemporary indigenous art.
August 16, 2017
Cannupa Hanska Luger shares the work of Nicholas Galanin and Merritt Johnson
Working together since 2014, Nicholas and Merritt have no conceptual or materialistic limitations to their collaborations and this is evident in the work exhibited in Water Line.
October 16, 2017
Interview with Stacy Chesney
Recently the Water Trailer parked in CVA’s lot to give art walk guests fresh, clean, cold drinking water from Denver Water. Guests learned about the source of Denver’s water in conjunction with Water Line: A Creative Exchange which examines the loaded issue of water, and promotes stewardship, advocacy and activism through the work of contemporary artists.
October 9, 2017
Interview with Tom Cech
One World One Water Center (OWOW) is a collaboration between MSU Denver and the Denver Botanic Gardens and strives to prepare an educated, empowered, solution-oriented Colorado citizenry to protect and preserve our precious water resources.