Visual Arts Program

Saturday, November 18, 2006 — Thursday, December 21, 2006

Co-sponsored/co-presented by:
National Endowment for the Arts and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts

Margaret Cogswell

Buffalo River Fugues

Presented at:

Margaret Cogswell - <em>Buffalo River Fugues</em>
Margaret Cogswell - <em>Buffalo River Fugues</em>

A Hallwalls Artist-in-Residence Project (HARP).

Margaret Cogswell’s Buffalo River Fugues will be the second in a series of RIVER FUGUES that began in 2003 by exploring the river and steel mills in Cleveland, Ohio while in residence at SPACES World Artists Program. Cuyahoga Fugues described the artist’s encounter with generations of stories reflecting the life and dreams embodied by the Cuyahoga and, upon completion, suggested an expanded body of work, exploring the lives of other regional rivers through video/film footage of the post-industrial landscape and sculptural components drawn from the histories of the relevant industries.

The River Fugues project emerges from Cogswell’s long-term investigations into the significance of water in our lives, but marks a shift from work exploring the individual’s longing for immortality to that of a society’s collective longing for a “better” life around rivers. The harnessing of a river’s power for development of industry and commerce uncomfortably links a dream of immortality found in the rarified waters of an idealized rural landscape with urban industry and technology. Buffalo River Fugues proposes to explore the poignant disillusionment defined by compromised river waters and waning dreams of prosperity.

Some publications related to this event:
November and December, 2006 - 2006