Exhibition Details

Location: Steele Gallery
Dates: July 1, 2016
to September 18, 2016
WATER features Canadian artist Edward Burtynsky’s exploration of humanity’s increasingly stressed relationship with the world’s most vital natural resource. Between 2007 and 2012, Burtynsky travelled the globe, from the Gulf of Mexico to the shores of the Ganges, crafting an ambitious representation of water’s increasingly fragmented lifecycle. In enormous, color prints Burtynsky’s aerial images trace the various roles that water plays in modern life—as a source of healthy ecosystems and energy, as a key element in cultural and religious rituals, and as a rapidly depleting resource. Sometimes elegant, sometimes haunting, the abstract pictures hover between the worlds of painting and photography, forming a compelling global portrait of water that functions as an open-ended question about humanity’s past, present, and future relationship with the natural world.

On view July 1 through September 18. 

Click here for more information on film screenings for WATERMARK, the documentary film that accompanies the exhibition. Created by award winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier in collaboration with Burtynsky, the film brings together diverse stories from twenty countries across the globe, bearing witness to the many ways humans interact with, use, and control our most valuable resource.


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Wednesdays from 3 to 9 p.m. and First Fridays from 6 to 10 p.m. general admission for this special exhibition is reduced to $5 for adults, $3 for youth ages 6-17.

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Image Credits

LeftEdward Burtynsky, VeronaWalk, Naples, Florida, USA, 2012. Digital chromogenic print. Photo © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Metivier Gallery, Toronto / Von Lintel Gallery, Los Angeles.

RightEdward Burtynsky, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Reservation / Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, 2011. Digital chromogenic print. Photo © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Metivier Gallery, Toronto / Von Lintel Gallery, Los Angeles.

Exhibition Sponsors

The exhibition is organized by the New Orleans Museum of Art and is supported by Contemporary Forum and InFocus.

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