Natural and Cultural Histories of Northampton’s Meadows
The Great Meadow: Natural and Cultural Histories of Northampton’s Meadows
May 13, 2016 through June 5, 2016
Once the heart of agricultural settlement in Northampton, today the Meadows is a wild space of parties and encampments, a wasteland where the bomb squad detonates suspicious packages, a nature preserve where birds migrate and birdsong predominates, and a vast farmland where corn is cultivated as it has been for hundreds of years.
The Great Meadow: Natural and Cultural Histories of Northampton’s Meadows at Historic Northampton features the work of three local artists as they represent their unique artistic perspective on the Meadows and its many facets.
Nick Baker is a technologist, photographer, naturalist and robotics teacher at Mount Holyoke College. His work involves the use of a robotic tripod in the Meadows to gather panoramic images of the smallest details of the ground.
Claudette Lambert-Peterson is a local illustrator whose work is greatly inspired by nature. Her perspective is rooted in pattern – both natural and manufactured. For this project, she focused primarily on the pattern of insects, plants, and frogs.
Anthony W. Lee is an art historian, photographer, and professor at Mount Holyoke College. As a photographic artist, he is interested in the uses and meanings of common photographs, social change in ethnic and diasporic communities, and the remnants of earlier industrial cultures.
Through the weaving of art, history and artistic vision, this exhibit offers three varying and fascinating interpretations of the culture in our local landscape. The exhibit will be on display May 13, 2016 through June 5, 2016 at Historic Northampton. 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA. (<$)