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Know Your Water(shed) exhibition and artist talk by Ronnie Farley

Saturday July 20 6 – 7 PM

To inspire conversations towards a more visceral approach to water and recognize the communities responsible for the care and delivery of New York City’s water supply, photographer Ronnie Farley collected water from the Schoharie Reservoir this past Spring and documented her 150-mile trek, walking it down to the city following the Catskill and Croton Aqueduct routes.

Farley is the author of five books; Women of the Native Struggle: Portraits and Testimony of Native American Women, Cowgirls: Contemporary Portraits of the American West, Diary of a Pedestrian: A New York Memoir, Water Towers, and Ghost Plane. Over the past decade, Farley has devoted her work to water as the number one global issue.

Farley will present a slide show and share stories from the walk that will include the history and infrastructure of New York City’s water system, the diverse properties of water—both scientific and metaphysical, and her experiences with the Native American communities that have helped shape her world-view about water.

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The Institute for Clew Studies


July 20

July 20 - August 4,

The office of the Institute for Clew Studies will be open at the Prattsville Art Center every day from July 20 - August 6 from 11am-4pm with the exception of Mondays (July 22 and July 29).

The ratio of those lives that are extensively documented to those lives that are lost to time is unfathomable. Societal status, random chance, era lived, or proximity to archival impulses are all factors involved in determining the stability of any sort of cohesive or conclusive legacy. A truly complete record of any one person’s existence is impossible to comprehend, let alone achieve. At the Institute for Clew Studies we acknowledge the absurdity of resisting the inevitable obscurity that awaits all but a very select few of us. Yet, isn’t the very act of living itself an effort at resisting obscurity?

What traces of your life will be left for future generations to interpret?

The Clew Registry is an opportunity to contribute to your own narrative by recording some aspect of yourself that would not otherwise be documented or remembered. What will the future never know about you, what detail/fact/characteristic/event/ habit/story will be lost to time, if you do not submit it to the Clew Registry?