January 11, 2015
Omaha, Neb. – The WATER exhibition at KANEKO, presented by Valmont Industries, runs Feb. 5 through Apr. 23, 2016, and will explore water in a multitude of forms through the lenses of art and science.
Water is essential to life, at times calming, at other times powerful and difficult to control; seemingly abundant, but increasingly scarce. Exploring and understanding water in a multitude of forms – as an environmental resource and as one of nature’s most versatile tools – is the theme of this collaborative exhibition at KANEKO.
Throughout the KANEKO space, WATER will examine the creative solutions artists, scientists, and nonprofits develop to solve issues of water quality and quantity. Multiple themes will surface, including: how to achieve and maintain clean and abundant drinking water, how to maintain agricultural yields with limited water, and how to protect natural water environments. These concepts are highlighted through the combination of scientific data and fine art, while encouraging visitors to consider their own relationship with water – how water impacts our community, our health, and our perspectives.
A comprehensive list of the artists and organizations involved are listed below, along with the lectures and public programs associated with the WATER exhibition. The WATER Public Opening will be held Friday, Feb. 5 from 6 – 9 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Public gallery hours begin on Saturday, Feb. 6. Public gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 2 – 7 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission to KANEKO galleries is free and open to the public, with a $5 suggested donation.
WATER is made possible by generous support from our Presenting Sponsor, Valmont Industries. Additional support comes from the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute and the Nebraska Watershed Network at the University of Nebraska–Omaha.
WATER is made possible by generous support from our organizational partners: Aqua Africa, ARC Document Solutions, Conservation Fusion, Healthy Rivers Partnership, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Missouri River Relief, Nebraska Science Festival, Nebraska Watershed Network, Omaha Stormwater, Platte Basin Timelapse Project, Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute, Solea Water, University of Nebraska Omaha STEM, UNMC College of Public Health, Upstream Weeds, Valmont Industries, and Whispering Roots.
Visual artists contributing to WATER are Iggy Sumnik, Joel Sartore, Matthew Dehaemers, Pierre Carreau, Susan Knight, Suzan Shutan, Ran Hwang, and Ying Zhu.
WATER Schedule of Events:
WATER Members First Look – Thursday, Feb. 4, 6 – 9 p.m.
WATER Public Opening – Friday, Feb. 5, 6 – 9 p.m.
Great Minds Series with Dr. Tyrone Hayes – Thursday, Mar. 3, 7 – 9 p.m.
Transdisciplinary Conversations – Thursday, Mar. 10, 5 – 7 p.m.
NE Sci-Fest at KANEKO – Tuesday, Apr. 19, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Last day of WATER exhibition – Saturday, Apr. 23
WATER Public Opening
The WATER Public Opening will be held on Friday, Feb. 5 from 6 – 9 p.m. Admission to the WATER Public Opening is FREE. Please register at thekaneko.org/water.
GREAT MINDS SERIES featuring Dr. Tyrone Hayes
KANEKO will host the Great Minds Series with Dr. Tyrone Hayes on Mar. 3 from 7 – 9 p.m.
The Great Minds Series highlights innovators and thought leaders in fields relevant to KANEKO programs. Great Minds speakers have included multi-Grammy winner Rosanne Cash, New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof, scholar on the evolution of play Dr. Stuart Brown, and legendary automotive designer J Mays.
For the WATER season at KANEKO, National Geographic Society Explorer and Berkeley Professor Dr. Tyrone Hayes will be presenting his groundbreaking findings on water contaminants. Through years of extensive research, Hayes discovered profoundly adverse effects on the herbicide atrazine, widely used in agricultural production. Based on Hayes’ findings and expertise, he is considered one of the most prominent public proponents for critical review and regulation of pesticides, along with other chemicals that may cause adverse health effects.
Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for KANEKO Members. Tickets available at thekaneko.org/greatminds.
KANEKO and the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute will host Transdisciplinary Conversations on Thursday, March 10 from 5 – 7 p.m.
During the WATER exhibition season, KANEKO will host Daugherty Water for Food Institute’s ongoing series, Transdisciplinary Conversations. In an effort to discover innovation through conversation and exchange of ideas, the talks will unite community members, faculty and students to discuss water-related issues. The conversations nurture discussion between individuals with varying viewpoints, challenge existing systems, and make cross-disciplinary connections that advance ideas in the world of water sustainability.
This event is FREE and open to the public. Please register at thekaneko.org.
KANEKO is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to exploring and encouraging the creative process and how it impacts our lives. Established by internationally renowned sculptor Jun Kaneko and his wife, Ree, KANEKO was conceived of as “open space for your mind,” a place where thoughtful examination of others’ ideas through exhibitions and public programs leads us to new and exciting ideas of our own.