The Worth of Water October 18 – December 7, 2019 Reception: Friday, October 25| 5-7 pm The Davis Gallery at Houghton House “When the Well’s dry, we know the Worth of Water.” –Ben Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1746 Water is one of life’s essential components, critical for the survival and well-being of plants and animals alike. It is also the focus of much human activity, ranging from the work of sustenance and the growth of civilizations to poetic expressions and fights for power. But what is the worth of water? How do we understand the value of this unchanged chemical substance so basic to our ever-changing cultures? This exhibition brings together the work of artists who are concerned with and about water. These artists consider the role of water in the forming of societies, as a symbol of idealized beauty, as an entity worthy of protection rather than commodification, and as a byproduct of climate change through the melting of glaciers. This exhibition is organized by Nicholas Ruth, Professor of Art. Participating artists are Todd Anderson, Nicole Antebi, Susanna Crum, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Nicole Pietrantoni, Marco Sánchez with Delilah Anaya, and Susan Weisend. Also featuring works from the art collection at HWS, this exhibition will be designed and installed by students in the Studio Art Senior Seminar and Art History Internship classes. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, and Saturday 1:30-4:30 pm, while school is in session. Closed November 23-30 for Thanksgiving recess.