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Oscar Tuazon: Water School

Jan. 26 – Aug. 18, 2019

Lead Exhibition

<i>Oscar Tuazon: Water School</i>, installation view at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, 2019. Photo: Eat Pomegranate Photography

Oscar Tuazon: Water School, installation view at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, 2019. Photo: Eat Pomegranate Photography

<i>Oscar Tuazon: Water School</i>, installation view at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, 2019. Photo: Eat Pomegranate Photography

Oscar Tuazon: Water School, installation view at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, 2019. Photo: Eat Pomegranate Photography

<i>Oscar Tuazon: Water School</i>, installation view at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, 2019. Photo: Eat Pomegranate Photography

Oscar Tuazon: Water School, installation view at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, 2019. Photo: Eat Pomegranate Photography

<i>Oscar Tuazon: Water School</i>, installation view at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, 2019. Photo: Eat Pomegranate Photography

Oscar Tuazon: Water School, installation view at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, 2019. Photo: Eat Pomegranate Photography

<i>Oscar Tuazon: Water School</i>, installation view at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, 2019. Photo: Eat Pomegranate Photography

Oscar Tuazon: Water School, installation view at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, 2019. Photo: Eat Pomegranate Photography

<i>Oscar Tuazon: Water School</i>, installation view at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, 2019. Photo: Eat Pomegranate Photography

Oscar Tuazon: Water School, installation view at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, 2019. Photo: Eat Pomegranate Photography

“The Water School has grown out of thinking about what role art making can play in building community and culture.”

—Oscar Tuazon

In 1968, engineer and inventor Steve Baer self-published the Dome Cookbook, a treatise on mathematics, do-it-yourself architecture, and off-the-grid living. Three years later he created his Zome Home in the foothills overlooking Albuquerque. The house remains one of the earliest modern examples of passive solar architecture; the sun’s energy is collected during the day and stored in drums of water installed in large, bay windows, which then provide heat during the night.

This unique structural system, and the larger countercultural DIY building and environmental movements of the 1960s and 1970s, form the basis for Oscar Tuazon’s latest conceptual and material research. For his exhibition at the MSU Broad, Tuazon continues his investigations of the relationship between art, architecture, and environmental sustainability, with specific consideration of the exhibition’s immediate context: Michigan and the Great Lakes region.

As the title suggests, Tuazon will initiate the latest version of his Water School, while also bridging the conversation in Michigan with the artist’s schools in California and Minnesota. These schools are spaces for formal and informal learning, opportunities to specifically address water, land rights, and other socio-environmental issues, connecting local concerns with national and global conversations. A robust schedule of programs will unfold over the course of the exhibition, the Water School acting as a platform for a plurality of expressions concerning water politics today.

Oscar Tuazon: Water School is organized by the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University and curated by Steven L. Bridges, Associate Curator. Lead support for this exhibition is provided by Guardian Glass LLC and MSU Federal Credit Union. Additional support is provided by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and the Eli and Edythe Broad endowed exhibitions fund.

Guardian Glass MSU Federal Credit Union Graham Foundation

RELATED EVENTS

Oscar Tuazon: Water School Opening Reception

Friday, Jan. 25, 6–8pm

Water School: In Session

Saturday, Jan. 26, 12–7pm

Family Day: Imagine the Future

Saturday, Feb. 2, 11am–3pm

Educator Open House

Thursday, Feb. 7, 6–8pm

Water School: Read-in

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 12–2pm

Water School: Write-in

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 4–6pm

Water School: Speak-in

Wednesday, Mar. 6, 12–2pm

Water School: Act-in

Wednesday, Mar. 20, 11am–3pm

Water School: Make-in

Wednesday, Apr. 3, 12–2pm

Water School: Watch-in

Wednesday, Apr. 17, 4–7pm

Water School: Make-in

Wednesday, May 1, 12–2pm

Water School: Speak-in

Wednesday, May 15, 12–2pm

Family Day: Tools for Change

Saturday, Mar. 2, 11am–3pm

K–12 Educators’ Workshop: Engaging Youth in Social Justice Conversations Through Art and Literature

Saturday, March 9, 9am–12pm

Water School: Mindful Walk-in

Thursday, March 21, 12–2pm

Family Day: Water in our Community

Saturday, April 6, 11am–3pm

Night at the Museums

Tuesday, April 9, 5:30–8pm

Science Festival Tour Day: Water School

Saturday, April 13, 2pm

The Water School for Young Artists: Early Childhood Educators’ Workshop

Saturday, April 27, 9am–12:00pm

Take Your Child To Work Day

Thursday, April 25, 1:30–3:30pm

Family Day: Layers

Saturday, May 4, 11am–3pm