MOVE ME: A Public Art Project
Roberta Paul and Beth Kantrowitz/bkprojects
Exhibition: April 2-June 15, 2012
Artist Reception: Friday, April 27, 2012 at 6:00pm-8:00pm
CAC Gallery at the Cambridge Arts Council
City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Cambridge, MA
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MOVE ME is a "pop up" art project that travels through the streets of Cambridge for several weeks starting with MBTA trolleys on April 9, 2012 in conjunction with an exhibition in the CAC Gallery (344 Broadway, 2nd Fl., Cambridge) from April 2 through June 15, 2012. The artist reception will be on Friday, April 27 from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the Cambridge Arts Council. Music will be provided by the local, improvisation drumming duo, Funk n' Junk, known for their innovative use of hardware store materials as instruments. Admission is free and open to the public.
Artist Roberta Paul and curator, Beth Kantrowitz's MOVE ME features a "performance" of wrapped vehicles with images of migrating animals from Paul's work, moving through the streets and "dividing lines" of the city of Cambridge. Inspired by artist Roberta Paul's travels to the Serengeti in Tanzania, Africa, MOVE ME investigates themes of immigration, national identity, and life transitions through the metaphor of animal migration. The wrapped vehicles weaving through Cambridge neighborhoods are intended to surprise viewers and stimulate a community dialogue about borders and barriers.
MOVE ME is a "vehicle" for capturing and telling the stories of Cambridge residents as they travel through and around the borders of a very small and concentrated space. Cambridge is home to a large diversity of people and cultures. Only 6.3 square miles in area, its 100,000 residents come from all over the world and speak a myriad of languages beyond English, including, but not limited to, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Russian, Korean, Swahili, and Hindi. While the boundaries of Cambridge seem fluid, for those who live in or visit the city, they are real; neighborhoods can be sharply defined. The project highlights the compassion and dignity beyond the boundaries of neighborhoods by combining visual art, oral history, and public engagement.
The Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge Community Center, and StoryStream Cambridge have partnered on this project to facilitate connections within the community and the gathering of personal stories of immigration, migration, and boundaries. Trained volunteers interviewed residents, and their stories have been transcribed into audio and visual materials that will be integrated into the CAC Gallery exhibition. Panels and discussions on these topics will take place to encourage further public engagement with the project. An art book documenting the project will be available for purchase during the exhibition.
Across the Bridge: Performance & Discussion
Tuesday, May 22 at 7:00pm
CAC Gallery, 344 Broadway, 2nd Floor
Nigerian-American writer Obehi Janice presents a new monologue created specifically for MOVE ME. Using comedy, storytelling, song, movement, and media, Janice's monologue addresses the Massachusetts Avenue divide, the bridge that connects it, and the people that cross it or remain on either side. A discussion regarding the project will follow the performance, featuring representatives from Harvard, MIT, and Lesley University.
MOVE ME is collaboration between The Cambridge Arts Council, The Cambridge Public Libraries and bkprojects.