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Moving the Waters: Croton Fugues

February 8, 2017 - May 3, 2017

| Free

Moving the Water: Croton Fugues is the third in a series of projects created by Margaret Cogswell that focus on New York City’s water supply system and pays homage to the Centennial Anniversary of NYC’s aqueduct system that was completed in 1917. It is also inspired by the location of the Mid-Manhattan library along Fifth Avenue and East 40th Street across the street from New York City’s main public library (the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building) that was built in 1911 on the site of the former Croton Distribution Reservoir.
Focusing on the Croton Reservoir, photographs, video stills and archival images from the NYPL digital files are layered to form large panels and suspended in the windows creating a 3-D collage in space. Inspired by paintings of India’s Deccan Court in the 16 and 17th century, these panels break down images into sections of narratives, abstractions, and repetitive patterns on papers of varying sizes, opacity and translucency. Installed in the street level windows of the Mid-Manhattan library along Fifth Avenue and East 40th Street, this project seeks to entice the viewer into exploring an imagined history of NYC’s water supply system. Additional window texts refer viewers to web links for videos, further layering their experience. https://vimeo.com/198511711
Croton Fugues is a part of a larger ongoing series of RIVER FUGUES projects exploring the vital and increasingly politicized role of water in our world today. RIVER FUGUES is a series of individually unique site-specific installations which utilize the musical structure of a fugue to weave together sculpture, video, sound and drawing components into site-specific installations which explore the interdependency of people, industry and rivers in post-industrial cities. (see website: www.margaretcogswell.net)


Arezoo Moseni, Curator & Senior Art Librarian, The Art Collection, Mid-Manhattan Library


Contact Name (First and Last)
Margaret Cogswell
Contact Email


Mid-Manhattan Library
455 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY 10016 United States
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