Five Years Out: "Trouble the Water" Curator Talk and Reception

May 30, 2013
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Legion Arts at CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids

In conjunction with the fifth anniversary of Eastern Iowa's historic flooding, Legion Arts presents Trouble the Water, a groundbreaking exhibit in which a dozen contemporary artists explore issues related to water: droughts and floods, climate events and climate change, as well as the economics, distribution, uses, and scarcity of this incomparable commodity. 

Pictured: She's Coming on Strong, Nathalie Meibach.

The exhibit, Trouble the Water, will be featured from May 3 - June 16 at Legion ArtsTrouble the Water is curated by Diane Barber, Houston, Texas, and features artists from Argentina, Arizona, California, Japan, Massachusetts, Minnesota, the Netherlands, New York, Qatar, and the UK. 

Diane Barber, curator, will discuss the exhibit in greater detail during the curator talk on Thursday, May 30. Rachel Williams, Associate Professor, School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa and Mel Andringa, Producing Director, Legion Arts will respond to Diane Barber's comments. 

The event on Thursday, May 30 is free and open to the publicGet directions to Legion Arts here

A related symposium, Five Years Out: Ongoing Impacts and Challenges of the 2008 Floods, will be held on Friday, May 31 at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids. Click here to find out more details about the May 31 symposium. Register for the May 31 symposium here.

These events are part of the Living with Floods 2013 series of events being held statewide to commemorate the anniversary of recent flood events, celebrate progress made towards recovery, and raise awareness of flood mitigation strategies and the interconnectedness of our environment and watersheds. Click here to find out more details about the Living with Floods 2013 series.


The curator talk and reception is co-sponsored by the Forkenbrock Series on Public Policy and Housing & Land Use Policy Program at the Public Policy CenterIIHR - Hydroscience & Engineering and the Iowa Flood Center at the University of Iowa; and Legion Arts.

The Forkenbrock Series provides a forum for dialogue about policy areas from applied, academic, and interdisciplinary perspectives. The series was established in honor of David Forkenbrock, a nationally recognized transportation researcher. Dr. Forkenbrock established the Public Policy Center at the University of Iowa in 1987 and directed the Center until 2007. His vision was to enable public and private sector decision makers to work with faculty, staff, and student researchers to explore solutions to complex problems related to the public interest.
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