Water & Power
curated by Noah Davis



Water & Power is the fourth exhibition curated by The UM’s founder, Noah Davis, featuring works by artists Olafur Eliasson, Hans Haacke, and James Turrell from the permanent collection of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), along with Light and Space movement pioneer, Fred Eversley, and Los Angeles’ Poet Laureate, Robin Coste-Lewis.

The show is both historical and global in its scope. It includes some of the earliest works by Eliasson, Haacke, and Turrell, when they were just beginning their explorations of natural phenomena as sculptural material. Elusive rainbows, ceaseless condensation and minimalist architecture are rendered from light, liquid, and atmosphere. A parabolic lens by Eversley demonstrates how energy guides form, and Coste-Lewis’ poem maps geographies of people through her project on the indigenous circumpolar diaspora, Arctic colonialism/exploration, and Matthew Henson.

Noah left us with 18 exhibition titles and corresponding checklists, but no explanation for his shows. And while we wish daily that he was with us to share his ideas, serendipitously, his absence means that all viewers are left to individually decide what each exhibition is about. Through this process, Noah has made us better observers, better listeners, and better thinkers. Right now, we are meditating on...

Water.
Woman.
Moon  
Flow.
Aqueducts.
Flint. Capetown. Compton.
Objectless.
Otherness.
Empathy.
Cosmos.
Space.
Phenomenology.
Molecules.
Light.
The unseen.
Perseverance.
Independence.
Los Angeles.
Sun.
Climate.
Energy.
Exploration.
Conception.
Power.

On view May 2018 through Sept 2018.


Installation views of Water & Power courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photos by Brian Forrest.