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Inspired by an earthquake, artist to discuss installation

Artist Steven Rose will give a free, online talk tonight at 7:30 through the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.

Rose, who divides his time between Newfane and New York City, will discuss his new installation "For/While (2020.01)," which is on view at the museum through Oct. 12.

Inspired by an experience in 2011 with a 5.8-magnitude earthquake, Rose created an immersive environment in the museum's East Gallery designed to reflect the beauty of syncopated movement. The installation represents the artist's interpretation of a phenomenon he witnessed on the day of the earthquake.

"I sat transfixed by the sight above me — a ceiling full of eight-foot fluorescent light fixtures all swaying in concert, end-to-end, in the most orderly manner," Rose has said. "This sublime folding of chaos into order by nature has had a lasting impact on me and is central to my ongoing installation series For/While."

The talk, to take place via Zoom, will be livestreamed on the museum's Facebook and YouTube pages.

Founded in 1972, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center presents rotating exhibits of contemporary art, complemented by lectures, artist talks, film screenings, and other public programs. Closed since March 15 because of COVID-19, the museum reopens on June 18. New open hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is "pay-as-you-wish." For more information or for more information on exhibits and upcoming events, call 802-257-0124 or visit brattleboromuseum.org.

Photojournalist to share stories on life, work

A National Geographic photojournalist will speak in a free, online talk through the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.

In "Grit and Grace: The Empowerment of Women at Work in Global Communities," set for 7:30 p.m. on June 25, Alison Wright will share the stories behind her photographs, speak about her experiences as a global photojournalist, and share elements of her own life story, which includes a two-decade friendship with the Dalai Lama and a near-death experience in Laos.

The talk, presented in connection with the exhibit "Alison Wright: Grit and Grace, Women at Work," on view at the museum through Oct. 12, will be livestreamed on the museum's Facebook and YouTube pages.

Wright is a documentary photographer, a National Geographic Traveler of the Year, a recipient of the Dorothea Lange Award in Documentary Photography and the author of multiple books, including "Face to Face: Portraits of the Human Spirit," "Human Tribe," "The Dalai Lama: A Simple Monk" and the memoir "Learning to Breathe: One Woman's Journey of Spirit and Survival."

Describing her "Grit & Grace" photographs, Wright has said, "These are more than images of women just toiling in the fields in rural areas. Many have joined co-ops, obtained microloans, and opened bank accounts in order to take control of their own money. In many of these war-torn countries, nearly every woman has suffered some unspeakable atrocity. By creating awareness of their plight, we can not only help empower these women but learn from their determination and strength."

Wright's exhibit and talk are supported in part by The Vermont Women's Fund.


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