ATHENS, GA.- The Georgia Museum of Art
at the University of Georgia will present the focused exhibition Water Music in its Alonzo and Vallye Dudley Gallery, dedicated to time-based media, from Feb. 2 to March 10, 2013. Drawing from private collections and from the permanent collection of the Georgia Museum of Art, Water Music will bring together diverse visual perspectives on the theme of water and the idea of water music.
A group of conceptual art objects makes up the core of the exhibitionmost of them playing on the title of George Frideric Handels famous collection of orchestral movements, including works by Christian Marclay and Yoko Onojuxtaposed with more traditional seascape paintings and prints, ranging from 19th-century American Luminist A.T. Bricher to the postWorld War II photorealist Richard Estes. The exhibition will also feature a listening station with Handels Water Music (1717) and more recent musical responses, such as John Cages Water Music (1952) and Ned Sublette and Lawrence Weiners Remixed Water (2005).
Handel composed the suites at the request of King George I of England, and they were performed from a barge on the River Thames. Marclays Bottled Water makes use of magnetic tape from his installation Tape Fall (1989), composed from the sounds of dripping water. Onos Were All Water consists of scores in Japanese and English with lyrics that read, in part, Were all water from different rivers,/Thats why its so easy to meet./Were all water in this vast, vast ocean,/ Some day well evaporate together.
Lynn Boland, GMOAs Pierre Daura Curator of European Art, said, This is a pet-project Ive wanted to realize for some time and the English Concerts upcoming performance of Handels Water Music at UGAs Performing Arts Center gave me the perfect opportunity.