Triple Decker Ecology
Curator Pennie Taylor and artist David Buckley Borden received a Community Curator grant for a Somerville Museum exhibition that explores the urban ecology of Somerville, scheduled to open on October 11th, 2018.
Triple Decker Ecology exhibition will feature selected objects from the Somerville Museum collection, and new works that consider site-specific environmental issues, created by artist David Buckley
Borden and collaborators. Project research uses 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 will create a dozen "proposals" that communicate environmental issues found throughout Somerville. Additional work, including art installation highlight local ecological history, challenges, and solutions. The artworks aim to build awareness and spur direct action through programming with scientists, communicators, and community groups.
Project Collaborators: David Buckley Borden, Jack K. Byers, Mike Demaggio, Alyson Fletcher, Kate Sokol, and Pennie Taylor.
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