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WATERLINES

December 15, 2022 – March 22, 2023

Somerville Museum

Ann Hirsch + Jeremy Angier

Caitlin & Misha

Faith Johnson

Georgie Friedman

Heather Kapplow


Public Opening Reception*

Thursday, December 15 | 6-8 PM



This exhibit presents newly rendered works by five noted local artists that invite us to consider the ecological, spiritual, and social dimensions of water and ask us to reawaken our personal connection with it.


* CURATORS, PRESS, & ART PROFESSIONALS - Private Preview Party | Saturday, December 3rd, 6-8 PM. For an invitation, please email info(at)georgiefriedman.com


Museum Admission - $5  


HOURS

  1. Thursdays 2–7 pm

  2. Fridays 2–5 pm (First Fridays of each month are free)

  3. Saturdays 12–5 pm


Plan your visit: https://www.somervillemuseum.org/admission


Somerville Museum | 1 Westwood Rd | Somerville, MA 02143

 

For this exhibit - Georgie Friedman has created:


Confluere

Three-channel, site-specific, video installation on existing architecture

Approx. 10 ft x 42 ft x 4 ft

Continuous loop (silent)

2022

Confluere (installation view), Somerville Museum


Confluere • Latin: To flow together

con- ("with; together") + fluō ("flow")


Confluere is a three-channel, site-specific, video installation inspired by, and designed, for the two-hundred-thirty year old Bulfinch “flying double staircase” and the lands previously inhabited by the Pawtucket Tribe. 1  This installation aims to create a visual environment in which global tidal waters / the past and the present / and the distant and the local / flow together and apart / divided and rejoined / by the architectural form. 




Image from:

https://www.thesomervilletimes.com/archives/105465



1 Charles Bulfinch (born 1763, Massachusetts Bay Colony), who is regarded by many as the first American-born [of European-descent], professional architect, designed the “flying double staircase” (1792) as part of his commission for the new Charlestown house for shipping merchant, Joseph Barrell. It was relocated to the Somerville Museum for historic preservation.


The Pawtucket Tribe resided in the lands between the Charles and Merrimack Rivers and north to Gloucester. 

 

Upcoming exhibit programing

Check the exhibit page for more events and updates.


Artist Talks (virtual)

Dates TBA


Curator Tour

Saturday, February 18, 5–6pm 


Dinosaur Annex Assembly (Performance)

Saturday, March 18, 6–7pm 


Water Meditations, with Artist Faith Johnson

Dates TBA


Water Walking Tour

Sunday, March 19, 1–2:30pm


World Water Day and Closing Celebration Event

Wednesday, March 22, 6pm 




WATERLINES:

Stories of Urban Ebb and Flow

Curated by Community Curator, Arlinda Shtuni

As human beings, we are powerfully drawn to water. Every important passage of our lives is touched by water. However, as urban dwellers, we often have an abstract connection to it, as invisible infrastructures and complex systems of water lines bring it to us. How has our need for water shaped the city over time? And as our cities densify and water cycles change, how can we envision the future? How will we navigate droughts and floods, learn to adapt to our changing environment, and move in new ways?


The exhibit also showcases, Dialogues with Water, is a site-specific installation of soundscapes and sound acousmatic works by a group of Northeastern University music students guided by Pr. Hubert Ho. From inviting us to follow the journey of underground water rise to the surface, to letting us meditate near calm waters, and thrusting us into a storm, these aesthetically eclectic pieces respond to the exhibit in myriad ways. At times, the sonic landscapes meld naturally with artworks; at others, the sounds work in counterpoint with them, prompting full immersion and deep reflection on our complicated relationship with water.


What is your relationship with water?

Fill out the water questionnaire.


Artist Websites

Ann + J Art + Design

Caitlin & Misha

Faith Johnson

Georgie Friedman

Heather Kapplow