In 2019, as a part of the Sites and Stories Explored Through Scholarship, Art and Community Engagement project, the Providence Preservation Society (PPS) will unveil five original artistic works that explore hidden and layered narratives of several endangered historic sites in Providence. Five artists and artist teams were selected to create new works related to four sites that are featured on PPS’ 2018 Most Endangered Properties list. The works are intended to provoke conversations about the meaning of place, what happens when a site tells more than one story, and what kind of reparative work can ensue when a site erases some of its narratives in favor of others.
The following artists will present their final work on Thursday, April 25 at the Knight Memorial Library in Providence.
Artists: Megan and Murray McMillan
Project scholar: Xander Morro
Endangered site: Earnscliffe Woolen Mill / Paragon Worsted Co.
Artist: David Wells
Project scholar: Richardson Ogidan
Endangered site: Broad Street Synagogue
Artist: Walker Mettling
Project scholar: Channavy Chhay
Endangered site: Knight Memorial Library
This event will begin at 5 pm at the Broad Street Synagogue (688 Broad Street). Attendees will then proceed to the nearby Knight Memorial Library (275 Elmwood Avenue) for the debut of three original works of art.
For more information on this event and dates for the remaining artist presentations and performances, please visit https://ppsri.org/programs-events/education/sites-and-stories/.
Free and open to the public. Advance registration required.