Calendar of Rain

What can an artist do with rain? Stacy Levy gives readers a sneak peek into the Museum at CHF’s upcoming exhibition, Sensing Change.

By Jennifer Dionisio | April 27, 2013

“I think that the way things work is really cool and fascinating, and the more transparent, the better,” Stacy Levy says. “Maybe that’s why I use so much glass.”

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Calendar of Rain

“Calendar of Rain,“ by Stacy Levy, 1993. Glass, rain, hardware.

Larry Becker Contemporary Art/Joe Painter

Case in point: the artist’s installation piece “Calendar of Rain,“ which will be on display in the upcoming exhibit Sensing Change at the Museum at CHF. The piece, created anew for the installation, is a literal calendar of glass jars containing the rainfall amount of each day of the month, lined up on shelves. It’s a thoughtful, delicate visualization of precipitation levels outside of typical lists and charts. Levy derides what her art-school experience encouraged—the creation of “smoke and mirrors”—instead choosing to make her work represent factual data in visceral ways.

Levy created “Calendar of Rain” to provide an evolving look at what has traditionally been a dull topic: the weather. CHF staff will be collecting each day’s precipitation outside the museum while the prior months’ are on display in the exhibit. “What I really like is to make something that changes for people who are passing by all the time,” Levy says. “You see ‘Calendar of Rain’ slowly fill up.”

But apart from simply marking the passage of time or displaying a region’s precipitation, Levy looks at the piece as having a bigger purpose. “Especially now that so much of the country is in drought, we see how this thing that comes out of the sky is critical,” she says. “I’m always into creating ways to celebrate rainfall, and this is one of them.”

“Calendar of Rain” will be on display as part of the new exhibit Sensing Change, which opens in July 2013 at the Museum at CHF.