New Exhibit at Snug Harbor to Explore 'The Essential Nature of Water'

By Nicholas Rizzi on April 25, 2014 9:35am 

 Snug Harbor will host a new exhibit "Fluid — Essential for Life," which will feature sculptures, videos, paintings and interactive art projects exploring water.
Snug Harbor will host a new exhibit "Fluid — Essential for Life," which will feature sculptures, videos, paintings and interactive art projects exploring water.
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Snug Harbor Cultural Center

LIVINGSTON — A new exhibit at Snug Harbor inspired by the venue's maritime history focuses on work that explores one of the essential parts of life — water.

"Fluid — Essential for Life," which opens on May 3, will feature 36 artists who created works exploring water and its integral place in the world, according to museum officials.

"The artists' submissions dealt with subjects as diverse as climate change and other environmental issues, to the simple tactile pleasure of water, to water as the essential fluid needed to sustain life," Snug Harbor CEO Lynn Kelly said in a statement.

"We are especially excited that this exhibition will return interactive, outdoor art on our campus for all to enjoy."

In December, the museum — which in its former incarnation once served as a retirement home for sailors and sits across the street from the Arthur Kill — put out a call for artists to submit works based on the theme.

More than 500 pieces from around the world flooded in, eventually whittled down to 36 selections ranging from sculptures to videos and interactive art projects, the museum said.

Work from the exhibit will be installed inside of the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art as well as the campus' north lawn.

The exhibit will have a free opening ceremony from noon to 4:00 p.m. on May 3, and run until Dec. 15.

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