500 miles of art: Marie Lorenz travels the Erie Canal
Posted on: 2016-07-13 10:23:06
This article originally appeared on Syracuse.com on July 12, 2016 at 4:00 PM.
Marie Lorenz, "Erie Canal Project," 2011
For over a decade, artist Marie Lorenz has been exploring and documenting the waterways of New York City in boats she designs and builds herself as part of her ongoing project Tide and Current Taxi. On July 2, Lorenz began a 500 mile extension of her project in Upstate and Central New York, traveling from Buffalo to Albany along the historic Erie Canal and into Manhattan via the Hudson River. Although Lorenz has pursued similar expeditions as far away as Rome, Italy, this will be her longest trip to date - over 500 miles.
Lorenz arrived in Syracuse Tuesday morning, and will be holding a talk at the Erie Canal Museum on Wednesday, July 13, from 5 to 7 p.m.. In this informal conversation, Lorenz will recount her journey thus far and discuss plans for the rest of her expedition. The event is free; refreshments will be available.
The Erie Canal is a well-known fixture of New York, an important part of the state's history that continues to have a vibrant presence in the towns and cities along the Canal today. Lorenz hopes to make such familiar sights strange by offering a new perspective as she paddles down the waterway. The project is commissioned by the Everson Museum of Art, and will culminate with amultimedia exhibition at the Everson this fall, featuring art and objects that were inspired by and document the voyage.
Lorenz will stop at numerous locations along the Erie Canal corridor, including several historic sites and museums. Passengers are encouraged to accompany Lorenz for small portions of the journey and provide their own perspectives on the Canal, or paddlers with their own watercraft can join alongside her for sections of the trek. Interested participants can contact for details. For updates and video streams, you can also visit the Wampler Gallery of the Everson Museum, or follow Tide and Current Taxi on Facebook.