Artist Robert Perkins to discuss transcendence

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BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) presents a talk by artist Robert Perkins, whose installation "Every Day" is on view in the museum's South Gallery. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will take place Thursday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m. at the museum.

"Every Day" consists of prints, photographs, stories, poems, and other objects created by Perkins that invite viewers to explore the human desire for transcendence. "Transcendence offers deep intimacy as well as a taste of the eternal," said Perkins.

According to BMAC Chief Curator Mara Williams, Perkins adheres to the notion that the edges of what constitutes art, or an art form, are fluid and must embrace and engage the viewer. As such, "Every Day" features participatory elements and provides a space for contemplation.

Born in Boston and classically educated at Milton Academy and Harvard University, Perkins received an MFA from Bennington College in 2004. He regards his true education as having begun at the age of 19, when he spent time in Bowditch Hall, the men's locked ward at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass. The trauma of this experience has informed his work to the present day.

The museum's galleries and gift shop are open every day except Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for students. Members and children 18 and under are admitted free of charge. Located in historic Union Station in downtown Brattleboro, at the intersection of Main Street and routes 119 and 142, the museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit brattleboromuseum.org.




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