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California: The Art of Water

Monday, July 25, 2016 - 11:00am to Monday, November 28, 2016 - 5:00pm
Cantor Arts Center
Stanford University
328 Lomita Drive

Open Wed-Mon 11am - 5pm, Thursdays until 8pm; admission is free. CLOSED TUESDAY

California: The Art of Water examines the way artists and photographers have portrayed one of California's most precious resources over the last two centuries. The exhibition features over 50 works of water subjects by eminent artists, including Ansel Adams, Albert Bierstadt, David Hockney, Richard Misrach, Carleton Watkins, and others.

The exhibition links visions of natural beauty and progress with depictions of places where patterns of water use destroyed thriving environments. Many 19th-century artists created images that portray California as a place of pristine lakes and rivers, while later painters and photographers captured the immense and growing system of waterworks--titanic dams, pipelines, and aqueducts---that moved water for hundreds of miles across the state. The visitor to California: The Art of Water will encounter works of art that raise urgent questions about the human relationship with water in the state.

For more information, visit the Cantor Arts Center website.