Eye on Water
February 1–July 3, 2005
Organized in conjunction with the series of programs developed at Mount Holyoke College around the theme “Water Matters,” this exhibition focuses on water as a subject for artists. Selections from the museum’s collection range from Ansel Adams’ magnificent photographs of waterfalls in American national parks to Vija Celmins’ stunning etching Drypoint—Ocean Surface.
Berenice Abbott is best known for her documentary photographs of New York City, but she was also engaged with scientific interpretation. The Science Pictures: Water Pattern, which will be on view, reflects her appreciation for the capacity of rigorously conceived images to convey information in an aesthetically engaging way.
Ocean Surface, Drypoint
Drypoint on Arches Satine paper, 1983
Purchase in honor of Professor Jean C. Harris, former director
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, MA