Upcoming Exhibits & Events - Details

Tao of Water
when: Jan 27 2009 - Apr 18 2009  
Where: The Yager Museum of Art and Culture - Oneonta, NY

This exhibition is a visual reflection on various ways of seeing water. It is an attempt to go beyond appearances to capture the direct experience of water in its myriad manifestations.
Photographed over a period of two years among the rivers and streams of Raquette Lake in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, The Tao of Water explores the spirit and multi-faceted nature of water.

[Siddartha] looked lovingly into the flowing water, into the transparent green, into the crystal lines of its wonderful design. He saw bright pearls rise from the depths, bubbles swimming on mirror, sky blue reflected in them. The river looked at him with a thousand eyes, green, white, crystal, sky blue. How he loved this river!... It seemed to him that whomever understood this river and its secrets, would understand much more, many secrets, old secrets. —Siddartha, Herman Hesse

Master Dogen said: Water is neither strong nor weak, neither wet nor dry, neither moving nor still, neither cold nor hot, neither being nor nonbeing, neither delusion nor enlightenment.

Physically, water is made up of two odorless and tasteless gases that, when brought together, form H2O. But water is not oxygen, and it is not hydrogen. It is what D.H. Lawrence called “the third thing.” The third thing is not strong or weak, wet or dry, moving or still, cold or hot, being or nonbeing, delusion or enlightenment. Then what is the hidden universe of water? What is the Way—the Tao—of water? What is its reality?
Venue The Yager Museum of Art and Culture
Street: 1 Hartwick Drive
ZIP: 13820
City Oneonta, NY
Location description:

The Yager Museum of Art & Culture offers a wide variety of multi-disciplinary exhibits that meet the needs of a liberal arts college, local schools, and the community. Five changing galleries address current issues, art, history, and culture. A permanent gallery features the Upper Susquehanna archaeology collection of Willard Yager. The mostly North and South American Indian collections are often on view or available for study. A contemporary art gallery features three changing exhibits per year.



From I-88 West use exit 15 and turn right at the end of the ramp.  If you are on I-88 East use exit 15 and turn left at the end of the ramp and continue through the first traffic light which crosses Main Street.  At the next traffic light, turn left onto Center Street.  At the end of Center Street yield right onto West Street and then make a left onto the first street, Clinton, follow this until you come to the first driveway on your right, follow this up and around and you will find the museum on the first floor of Yager Hall on the left.