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Oscar Tuazon: Water School

Jan. 26 – Aug. 25, 2019

Lead Exhibition

Oscar Tuazon, <i>Zome Alloy</i>, 2016. Courtesy Galerie Eva Presenhuber Zurich/New York. © Oscar Tuazon. Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zurich

Oscar Tuazon, Zome Alloy, 2016. Courtesy Galerie Eva Presenhuber Zurich/New York. © Oscar Tuazon. Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zurich

Oscar Tuazon, <i>Zome Alloy</i>, 2016. Courtesy Galerie Eva Presenhuber Zurich/New York. © Oscar Tuazon. Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zurich

Oscar Tuazon, Zome Alloy, 2016. Courtesy Galerie Eva Presenhuber Zurich/New York. © Oscar Tuazon. Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zurich

Oscar Tuazon, <i>Zome Alloy</i>, 2016. Courtesy Galerie Eva Presenhuber Zurich/New York. © Oscar Tuazon. Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zurich

Oscar Tuazon, Los Angeles River Map (LAWS), 2018. Courtesy the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, and Eva Presenhuber, Zürich, New York. © Oscar Tuazon

Oscar Tuazon, <i>Zome Alloy</i>, 2016. Courtesy Galerie Eva Presenhuber Zurich/New York. © Oscar Tuazon. Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zurich

Oscar Tuazon, Los Angeles Water School (LAWS), 2018. Courtesy the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, and Eva Presenhuber, Zürich, New York. © Oscar Tuazon

Oscar Tuazon, <i>Zome Alloy</i>, 2016. Courtesy Galerie Eva Presenhuber Zurich/New York. © Oscar Tuazon. Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zurich

Oscar Tuazon, Water Map (Flint, South), 2018. Courtesy the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York; Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris; and Eva Presenhuber, Zürich, New York. © Oscar Tuazon

Oscar Tuazon, <i>Zome Alloy</i>, 2016. Courtesy Galerie Eva Presenhuber Zurich/New York. © Oscar Tuazon. Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zurich

Oscar Tuazon, installation view at Luhring Augustine, New York, April 28–June 16, 2018. Courtesy the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, and Eva Presenhuber, Zürich, New York. © Oscar Tuazon

Oscar Tuazon, <i>Zome Alloy</i>, 2016. Courtesy Galerie Eva Presenhuber Zurich/New York. © Oscar Tuazon. Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zurich

Oscar Tuazon, Curtain Wall, 2013. Courtesy Galerie Eva Presenhuber Zurich/New York. © Oscar Tuazon. Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zurich

Oscar Tuazon, <i>Zome Alloy</i>, 2016. Courtesy Galerie Eva Presenhuber Zurich/New York. © Oscar Tuazon. Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zurich

Oscar Tuazon, Winona LaDuke (Honor the Earth), 2018. Courtesy the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, and Eva Presenhuber, Zürich, New York. © Oscar Tuazon

“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

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, 12–7pm

Water School: Make-in

Wednesday, Apr. 3, 12–2pm

Water School: Watch-in

Wednesday, Apr. 17, 4–6pm

Water School: Make-in

Wednesday, May 1, 12–2pm

Water School: Speak-in

Wednesday, May 15, 4–6pm