The Value of Water

by gannonned

Recently, while in New York, a colleague of mine and I wandered into St. John the Divine. I have a fourteen year relationship with the cathedral, and my colleague is taken with the space. However, we got more than we bargained for. As we moved through the quieting space, we discovered works by Bill Viola, William Kentridge, and Jenny Holzer just to name a few. The Value of Water consitutes the largest art exhibit the cathedral has mounted to date. Here is a glimpse of the  art in the exhibit, though the site doesn’t do the work justice. The Bill Viola video was absolutely breath-taking, and I had to watch it twice. One of the largest cathedrals in the world, St. John’s has always been a source of inspiration. I can only hope that the cathedral continues to mount exhibitions of this magnitude. There is something to be said for viewing art apart from the sterility of museum and gallery and in a space intended for contemplation as a change of pace.