Participatory exhibit explores American identity | New


A special exhibit, “American Flags,” which opens this weekend at Cape Ann Museum Green, explores the mosaic of identities that make up the United States.

“In a country where political discourse is increasingly polarized, this project encourages discussion about awareness and empathy for the many different people who make up our great nation,” the museum says in its exhibit statement. . “The artwork celebrates these differences and what they bring to America through a series of American flags constructed from marks left behind by these different people. These flags are meant to encourage those who see them to stop and to reflect on how our actions influence each other and to feel patriotic to the complex nation we are all building together.

“American Flags” is an exhibition of works by Tim Ferguson Sauder, artist, designer, and professor of design practice at Olin College of Engineering.

For this exhibit, Sauder worked with the CAM Teen Council to create indoor and outdoor installations and participatory art projects that foster conversation around American identity. These installations will begin on the opening day of the exhibition on Saturday, August 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“The museum is delighted to once again feature the work of Tim Sauder,” said Oliver Barker, director of the Cape Ann Museum. “We exhibited her work at the White-Ellery House in 2016, and when we saw how closely the participatory and community foundations of ‘American Flags’ align with the Cape Ann Museum’s commitment to bringing our community together around art and ideas, we were delighted to welcome him back.

Sauder also has extensive experience producing graphic design work for corporate clients, advising on visual communications with non-profit organizations, creating public art, and exploring how visual design affects views on sustainability. He is the founder of asmallpercent, a design studio, through which he has worked for a number of major clients including Google, Saucony and Intel.

As co-designer of the AccessibleIcon project, Sauder’s work is part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, both in New York.

Programs related to this exhibition include:

“CAMTalks: Americans Flags” with Tim Sauder on Saturday, August 27 at 1 p.m. at Cape Ann Museum Green, 13 Poplar St., Gloucester

Brazil Independence Day Celebration on Sunday August 28 from 1-4pm at the Cape Ann Museum in the city centre, 27 Pleasant St., Gloucester

Aboriginal Heritage Day on Saturday, September 24 from noon to 4 p.m. at Cape Ann Museum Green, 13 Poplar St., Gloucester

The exhibition is open, free of charge, to the public at Cape Ann Museum Green. Hours of operation are Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please note that parking at CAM Green is limited.


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