(STILLWATER, Oklahoma, Sept. 2, 2020) — The Oklahoma State University Museum of Art presents The State We’re In Water: Constructing a Sense of Place in the Hydrosphere, running through May 29, 2021. This exhibition is an interdisciplinary art experience delving into the humanities’ relationship with water and how its impact is felt regionally and globally. The OSU Museum of Art partnered with socially engaged and national artistic team Marguerite Perret, Robin Lasser and Bruce Scherting for the exhibition rooted in scientific arts-based research.
Led by Perret, The State We’re In Water is designed to activate the visitor’s sense of place and social involvement. This exhibition also presents art as a powerful learning platform for science. Through sensory-rich video, sculptured forms and visually complex constructions, the exhibition explores wastewater recycling, watershed habitats and the imprint of water movement on land. Symptomatic of global issues, the local situations presented engage the audience in immersive experiences.
“This exhibition obviously revolves around the theme of water. But the way that the artists have displayed the different connections that water flows through is very dynamic,” said Christina Elliott, the museum’s associate curator of education. “They are not only asking us how we develop a relationship with water on an individual level, but they are also asking us to think about water and environmental resources on a local level, state level, national level and even on a global level. No matter where you are or how you interact with environmental conservation, you will find an aspect of this show that is highly relevant to your life.”
The museum’s team of educators worked closely with the artists to create many virtual opportunities to experience the exhibition and dive deeper into the meaning of water by participating in programs such as Voices from the Hydrosphere, a lecture series, and Second Saturday Pick-Up Bags, art activities for families to do at home.
On Sept. 24, Voices from the Hydrosphere kicks off with attorney and Spears School of Business professor Jason Aamodt speaking on water law and sovereign rights. As a lawyer, he represents Indian tribes and individuals on a wide range of issues ranging from environmental contamination and natural resource protection to land, financial trust and accounting matters. Aamodt also teaches environmental law, natural resources law, water law, international environmental law, and corporate and sustainable responsibility. Register online at museum.okstate.edu.
This project was made possible through partnerships. Notably, The State We’re In Water is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and the OSU Museum of Art Advocates. The National Endowment for the Arts also granted funding to the OSU museum through the CARES Act, supporting the expansion of programming for The State We’re in Water.