NEW BEDFORD — For its fourth yr, the Massachusetts Design Artwork and Know-how Institute Massachusetts Design Artwork and Know-how Institute (DATMA) will launch three new, free public artwork exhibitions plus quite a few packages and initiatives with companions in New Bedford this summer time.
This city-wide collaborative enterprise, referred to as “SHELTER 2022-23”, will look at the historical past, economic system, and tradition of the SouthCoast area which is rooted within the worth of ‘shelter’ and can cowl a variety of subjects together with right now’s housing disaster, the Underground Railroad that harbored African People from slavery, the 9,100-foot-long hurricane barrier that protects the harbor of the nation’s most profitable fishing port in the US, and extra.
Artists and designers invited by DATMA to current works of ‘shelter’ are Do Ho Suh from Seoul, South Korea; Rael San Fratello from Los Angeles, California; and Abeer Seikaly from Jordan.
DATMA may also current “Protected Station,” the story of New Bedford’s distinctive historical past in opposition to slavery by way of the lens of native artists together with Fitzcarmel LaMarre and Alison Wells.
As well as, uncommon historic images documenting the crucial New Bedford Hurricane Safety Barrier landmark sheltering town from pure disasters will likely be on present, plus over 10 extra associate packages and youth workshops regarding ‘shelter’ will likely be supplied.
Exhibition 1 – SHELTER: Versatile Fibers + Sustainable Options
This exhibition presents fashionable approaches to the idea of ‘shelter’ from Seoul, South Korea; Los Angeles, California; and Jordan. Every work explores the fabrication of dwellings by way of the making of and engagement with distinctive supplies which have resulted in placing architectural productions, community-based collaborations, and developments in new structural materials and spatial design.
The exhibition options Do Ho Suh’s ‘material structure’ sculpture exploring id, migration, and reminiscence; one of many largest bio-plastic 3D-printed buildings to this point from Rael San Fratello; and Abeer Seikaly’s images of her structural materials system impressed by conventional Bedouin textiles. These works, and the artistic processes behind them, display how new applied sciences weave distinctive supplies and improvements to advance the viewers imaginative and prescient of house whereas reacting to the housing disaster in a humanitarian method.
Featured artworks embody: Do Ho Suh, Hub-1, Entrance, 260-7, Sungbook-Dong, Sungboo-Ku, Abeer Seikaly, A sequence of photograph renderings from her construction design: Weaving a Residence 2020 Rael San Fratello, Star Lounge
Exhibition 2 – Protected Station: New Bedford’s Underground Railroad
Protected Station tells the story of New Bedford’s distinctive historical past in opposition to slavery by way of the lens of native artists. Highlighting key figures and areas central to town’s African American group, every artists’ work displays on the tales of self emancipated folks, the historical past of the Underground Railroad, and the New Bedford abolition motion.
Featured artists embody Alison Wells, Fitzcarmel LaMarre, and college students from Our Sisters’ Faculty. Native historical past and self-guided excursions will likely be offered in collaboration with the New Bedford Historic Society and the New Bedford Whaling Nationwide Historic Park. Guests can even entry interactive digital elements, VR excursions, and movies initially created for the New Bedford Historic Society and UMass Dartmouth’s exhibition, Black Areas Matter: Celebrating New Bedford’s Abolition Row.
“As a New Bedford resident and a girl of colour initially from Trinidad and Tobago, I’ve been notably intrigued and impressed by New Bedford’s important involvement within the Underground Railroad. My intention is to discover a up to date method to the
Underground Railroad theme to boost consciousness and encourage dialogue a few historical past that’s unknown to many however challenges and conjures up our group right now,” says New Bedford artist Alison Wells about her paintings in Protected Station.
Protected Station: New Bedford’s Underground Railroad will likely be proven free and open to the general public in downtown New Bedford outdoor on the YMCA inexperienced house on Union Road, between N. 2nd Road and N. Water Road from June 16 to September 12.
Exhibition 3 – Protected Harbor: Constructing the New Bedford Hurricane Safety Barrier
Accomplished in 1966, New Bedford’s Hurricane Safety Barrier started as a artistic resolution and an enormous monumental job to shelter and defend town and its harbor by the U.S. Military Corps of Engineers. Seen additionally from house, the construction was designed with and in opposition to the ‘drive of nature’ alongside the East Coast of New Bedford, the place the raging sea had routinely induced destruction and devastation to the profitable textile mills and fishing port. With the present challenge of local weather change, rising sea-levels, and fierce storms, DATMA will work in partnership with the U.S. Military Corps of Engineers to showcase uncommon historic images documenting this formidable, crucial, and profitable challenge whereas posing questions on tips on how to defend town from future climate-related occasions.
Protected Harbor: Constructing the New Bedford Hurricane Barrier will likely be proven free and open to the general public in downtown New Bedford outdoor alongside the harborfront walkways on Macarthur Boulevard from June 16 to September 12.
Full particulars and extra packages can be found on www.DATMA.org.