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Drowned in a Glass of Water: An Installation by Pepón Osorio in North Adams

Now - February 6, 2011
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Drowned in a Glass of Water, 2010. Mixed media installation, courtesy of the artist and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts. Photo by Arthur Evans
For nearly two decades, conceptual artist Pepón Osorio has translated community dynamics and social interactions into large-scale installations based on real life experiences. For the past year, he has been engaged with the people of Williamstown and North Adams through the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition; Drowned in a Glass of Water is the culmination of this year of shared stories, conversations and meals. His multimedia installation on an 18-foot revolving platform slowly reveals a representation of two families on either side —on one side a cluttered home interior dominated by a life-sized mannequin in an elaborate red dress with ruffles crocheted by individuals from this region and Philadelphia, where Osorio lives; and the other side an exterior interpretation of a Berkshire home. The work was first installed in a former Chevrolet dealership in North Adams before moving to WCMA in late September.

Williams College Museum of Art
Williamstown, MA

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