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Open House: Unpolished Echoes
October 10 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
EXPLORE THE PAST AND PRESENT OF MASHAPAUG PARK IN UNPOLISHED ECHOES
Meet the Curators: October 10, 2021, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, last admission at 2:30pm
Cost: Free admission
Beginning October 10, Unpolished Echoes, a new collaboration between artist curators Holly Ewald and Becci Davis will connect visitors of the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium with the sights and sounds of nearby Mashapaug Park.
As one of Providence’s newest parks, Mashapaug Park is an archive of stories. Located on the remediated site of the Gorham Manufacturing Company, it holds connections to Indigenous communities, tales of resilient plant life, the environmental abuse of industry, the cacophony of celebrations, and the comfort of redemptive solitude. As one educator, Brendan Haggerty stated, “Mashapaug Pond contains all the lessons we need to teach.”
Unpolished Echoes is an exhibition that centers the natural world and its survival. This collection of artworks, artifacts, documents, images, and stories is the latest in a series of related projects. Ewald and Davis’ first collaboration, Unpolished Legacies, was a series of interventions responding to Gorham Silver, Designing Brilliance 1850-1970, an 2019 exhibition at the RISD Museum.
Three sculptural thresholds created by Ewald represent the water, woodland, and grassland habitats of Mashapaug Park. Each structure was created using mostly natural materials and traces of human presence collected from the site. The video and audio work created by Davis documents the seasonal change in all three habitats. Many stories weave their way through this installation, appearing as imagery, sounds, and artifacts peeking through the layers of physical material and media.
Becci Davis, Holly Ewald, Brenda Hill, Leah Hopkins, Julia Marden, Brittney Peauwe Wunnepog Walley, Jonathan Perry, Lucine Reinbold, Kiki Sciullo, Daniel Shears, Robin Spears Jr., Tina Tryforos
Made possible with support from the Curators’ partners and collaborators:
ARC, Catherine Coggins, ioLabs, Hope Leeson, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Laura Maxwell, Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, Rhode Island Historical Society, Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, Steven Lubar, Tomaquag Museum, Thompson Webb