Shows & Exhibitions
See a New Exhibition Entirely Dedicated to Water
The beauty and fragility of our most important resource captured in photos.
“Water: Our Thirsty World,” a new art exhibition at the Aquarium of the Pacific in drought-stricken Long Beach, California, looks to explore the importance of water and its growing scarcity through photographs taken around the world.
Perhaps our most important natural resource, water plays a crucial role in all of life. The exhibition, featuring images from the pages of National Geographic magazine, examines the effects the lack of water can have on endangered species, agriculture, and people, tapping into water’s spiritual importance.
“At the Aquarium, we want to familiarize our visitors with global environmental issues and inspire them to think about their own reliance on natural resources like freshwater,” said Aquarium president and CEO Dr. Jerry Schubel in a statement. “The remarkable photographs in this exhibition give visitors a new entry point into the issue of water scarcity and may cause them to think differently about our relationship with nature.”
The pictures are divided into themed sections, tackling different areas of the globe such as Tibet, which is lacking in freshwater; the Jordan River, with its rapidly dropping water levels; Africa, where women and children are often responsible for providing water their communities; and California, whose massive agriculture industry is threatened by ongoing drought.
The photography show is organized by Los Angeles’s Annenberg Foundation, and previously appeared in 2010 at the Annenberg Space for Photography, also in LA. The exhibition is the follow up to the Annenberg’s “Sink or Swim: Designing for a Sea Change,” about rising sea levels, which closed at the Aquarium earlier this month.
“Water demonstrates the power of photography to educate and inspire people to preserve the world around us, and we’re pleased to share it with the Aquarium’s visitors,” noted Patricia Lanza, director of talent and content for the Annenberg Space for Photography.
“Water: Our Thirsty World” will be on view at the Aquarium of the Pacific, October 7, 2015–February 15, 2016.
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