If water could talk, would people listen? According to the WNED/WBFO documentary titled “If Our Water Could Talk,” the answer is yes. But it can take some time.
Frederick Law Olmsted came along at the right time, a time when U.S. cities were growing quickly, but with little thought to their design, especially for what is now familiar to a generation as “green space.”
The title still-frame from the documentary “Chautauqua: An American Narrative” shows people gathered along the Clark Brick Walk, on the edge of the Hall of Philosophy, in full-color summer — a sight familiar to Chautauquans and one that embodies the Institution’s history from the first Assembly.
The third annual Buffalo Day at Chautauqua will bring a number of events to the grounds today, culminating in a screening of the WNED documentary “The War of 1812” at 3:30 p.m. in the Hall of Christ. The screening is part of the Oliver Archives Heritage Lecture Series.
Sponsored by Chautauqua Institution, The Buffalo News, Visit Buffalo-Niagara and WNED, Buffalo Day activities are coordinated with the 10:45 a.m. lecture, a 12:10 p.m. “Chautauqua Field Session Presentation” by Bonnie Foit-Albert and a 12:50 p.m. discussion of the War of 1812 by representatives from the Niagara 1812 Legacy Council, Old Fort Erie and Visit Buffalo Niagara — all of which will happen in Smith Memorial Library.
In addition, Holly Hughes of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Don Kimes of the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution will lead a tour and discussion of the exhbition “Abstraction in America, Part II — 1960s and 1970s” at 2 p.m. at the Strohl Art Center.