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New Exhibition Takes On Importance of Water

Another segment from the exhibition Around the Table is coming to the DeSaisset Museum at Santa Clara University this Friday.

This segment (or rather newest exhibition) is titled Sip. Do Not Gulp. This is an examination of the interconnectedness of food and water throughout the history of the Santa Clara Valley. Created by Bay Area artist Michele Gnieu, it is a site-specific installation that calls for the attention to the area’s patterns and practices of it’s water usage, and also going inside the stress of fresh water availability, caused by agricultural development, population increase, and urban sprawl.

Sip. Do Not Gulp comprises of a painted mural, a documentary video, and a symbolic acorn “rug”, all highlighting something that is not only essential for the Santa Clara and Bay Area, but also everywhere else in the world; the importance and preciousness of water as a local resource, as well as its connections to food production. The painted mural extends across three walls, looking into four distinct periods in its local history, including the inhibition of the Ohlone people, and the Mission and Rancho periods. The center of the room lies a rug, that is formed of locally hand-picked acorns , an essential food source of the Ohlone, complete with a small table set with a pitcher of water, reminding of it’s importance for everything from farming to cooking.

Sip. Do Not Gulp is on view until March 16th.