Curator Pennie Taylor and artist David Buckley Borden received a Community Curator grant for a Somerville Museum exhibition that explored the urban ecology of Somerville. This community art exhibition ran from October 11th through December 9th, 2018.
Triple Decker Ecology exhibition featured selected objects from the Somerville Museum collection, and new works that considered site-specific environmental issues, created by artist David Buckley Borden and collaborators. Project research used the museum's historic collection and knowledge from community stakeholders on topics including brownfields, urban watersheds, highway air quality issues, and invasive species such as the Emerald Ash Borer. Borden created sixteen "proposals" based on the Museum’s collection of historic photographs to communicate environmental issues found throughout Somerville. Additional work, including art installations highlighted local ecological history, current challenges, and potential futures. The artworks aimed to build awareness and spur direct action through programming with scientists, communicators, and community groups.
Project Collaborators: David Buckley Borden, Jackie Barry, Jack K. Byers, Mike Demaggio, Alyson Fletcher, CC McGregor, Kate Sokol, Pennie Taylor, and Weather is Happening.