Connecting the Drops: The Power of Water
July 21 - October 29, 2022
Science & History Talk at the Zuccaire Gallery featuring the Ashley Schiff Preserve
Monday, September 26, 4-5pm
Reception and Performance by artist Jaanika Peerna
Thursday, September 29, 5-7pm
Saturday, October 1, 12-4pm
Thursday, October 6, 1-3:30pm (begins at Wang Center)
Art Walk to the Ashley Schiff Preserve
Monday, October 24, 4-5pm
Panel Discussion: Indigenous Art and Issues
with artists Erin Genia and Courtney M. Leonard
Thursday, October 27, 4pm, Staller Recital Hall
Followed by a reception
Weekly Ice Melts
Wednesdays in September, Thursdays in October
CONNECTING THE DROPS: THE POWER OF WATER is a group exhibition focused on environmental justice and the vital importance of water. The exhibition presents seven women artists whose work addresses topics such as the Shinnecocks' historical ties to water and oyster farming, community access to clean water, carbon absorption by the oceans, glacial melting, and the social impact of climate change.
The exhibition features a sculptural work with live plants, a room-sized interactive video game, drawings created with water soluble pigment pencil and melting ice, beadwork based in indigenous practice, and videos of water stories, among other work. All seven artists are internationally recognized artists who are committed to making a positive impact on the environment and their communities.
The exhibition includes an illustrated brochure with an introductory essay by Erica Cirino, a Long Island-based science writer, artist and activist, as well as a conversation with the seven artists about their work and collaborations.
Summer Reception : Saturday, July 30, 6-8pm
Top: Alicia Grullón, 7 Stories About Water (video still), multichannel video installation
Above right: Erin Genia, Earthling (detail)
Above left: Courtney M. Leonard, Breach (detail), ceramic, oyster shells, pallets, wood, paint. Photo by Maxine Hicks.
Above right: Jaanika Peerna, Ice Memory (artist inserting ice into melting chamber), water soluble pigment pencil
Right: Mary Mattingly, Public Water (detail), steel structure, plants, watering system
Bottom right: Lillian Ball, GO H.O.M.E., interactive video game installation. Photo by Maxine Hicks.
Bottom center: Betsy Damon, The Primary Motion of Water is the Vortex, ink drawing
Connecting the Drops: The Power of Water is curated by Karen Levitov, Director and Curator, Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery. Programs are supported by Drs. Barry and Bobbi Coller, a Stony Brook University Mini-Grant for Departmental Diversity Initiatives, and the Humanities Institute of Stony Brook. The 2021-2022 exhibition season is supported by a generous grant from the Paul W. Zuccaire Foundation, with additional support from the Friends of Staller Center. The 2022-2023 Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery schedule is made possible by a generous grant from the Paul W. Zuccaire Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the Friends of Staller Center.
Stony Brook University campuses occupy the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary lands of the aboriginal territory of the Setalcott and Shinnecock peoples.
We acknowledge federal and state recognized tribes who live here now and those who were forcibly removed from their homelands. In offering this land acknowledgement, we affirm indigenous sovereignty, history, and experience.
For further information, please call the Zuccaire Gallery at (631) 632-7240 or email ZuccaireGallery@stonybrook.edu. The Gallery website is: http://ZuccaireGallery.stonybrook.edu. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ZuccaireGallery.