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Walking Central Square

a site/non-site installation by
Karen Davis and John Tagiuri

CAC Gallery exhibition, March 17 – April 22, 2005

Opening Reception: Monday, April 4, 2005, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Walking Central Square is a new exhibition at the Cambridge Arts Council's CAC Gallery. It features two artists who have spent many years in Cambridge and who are presenting work about Central Square.

Karen Davis is a photographer who has been photographing Central Square for decades. Her project has two components: black and white as well as color photographs in our gallery, and photographs installed in the windows of Central Square businesses showing what those particular sites looked like in the past. People visiting the gallery will be given a map indicating the businesses that are participating, including: Mary Chung’s Restaurant, Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge Savings Bank, Falafel Palace, Rodney’s Bookstore, Hair Collage, Picante Mexican Grill, Seven Stars, T-Mobile, and Wainwright Bank.

Karen has also made a DVD about her moving to Central Square in 1973, accompanied by her own narration and photographs. This DVD is being shown in the CAC Gallery.

John Tagiuri is an artist who grew up in Cambridge and has done public art for the Area IV Youth Center and elsewhere in the City and beyond, often addressing social and environmental issues. For the CAC Gallery he is presenting two photographic installations. One wall installation includes 31 samples of different foods the artist collected on a walk through Central Square along with color images of details from that walk. The second installation, ”If You Had An Extra 50 Dollars” grew out of interactions John had with people he interviewed on the street, asking them what they would do if given 50 dollars.