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Exhibit Opening: Capturing Community

The exhibit opening for Capturing Community: Farming, Fishing, and Canning in New England is just two weeks from today!

So the answer to the question, hm, I wonder what I’m doing on Tuesday, May 10, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. is “I’ll be at the Tufts University Art Gallery, eating good food, listening to a great gallery talk by artist Markham Starr, and generally admiring all the brilliant work by my friends in the Exhibition Design class.”

Not that you need any more reasons to celebrate the end of the semester!

PS – More info about the Tufts Art Gallery here.

PPS – Follow along at the exhibit’s Facebook page, too.

PPPS – Just in case you’re the kind of museum geek who likes to come prepared, you can read about artist Markham Starr ahead of time.

Save the Date – Opening Reception for “Capturing Community”

Save the Date: Opening Reception of Capturing Community: Farming, Fishing, and Canning in New England

Tufts University Art Gallery, Aidekman Arts Center

Tuesday, May 10, 5:30 – 8:00 pm, and with a gallery talk by Markham Starr at 6 pm

Black-and-white photographs by Starr document dairy farming in Connecticut, trap fishing off the coast of Rhode Island, and the now-closed Stinson Seafood Cannery in Maine. Curated by students in the Tufts Museum Studies graduate program, the photographs portray not only the daily mechanics of work in three industries, but also the relationships and traditions that made them important in the lives of those who work there and to the region as a whole. Various economic and legislative pressures have contributed to the decline of these traditional New England livelihoods and Starr’s photographs capture what may by the last vestiges of once-booming industries.

Motivated by a desire to document slices of New England life before they’re gone, Starr spends time getting to know his subjects and their daily routines-from sardine packers whose decades-long friendships help them work together faster and more efficiently, to close-knit dairy farming communities connected by family ties and common business interests, to trap fishermen following in the wake of generations-old traditions. “In fifty or a hundred years people will want to see how these fishermen worked, how sardines were canned, or what dairy farms looked like. Having the images out there is a way of helping these traditions survive,” Starr says. “I want to show that these are things worth saving.”

For directions and other general information call the Tufts University Art Gallery at 617-627-3518 or visit The Tufts University Art Gallery is located in the Aidekman Arts Center, 40R Talbot Road, Medford, MA 02155.

The Tufts University Art Gallery animates the intellectual life of the greater University community through exhibitions and programs exploring new, global perspectives on art and on art discourse. The Gallery is fully accessible and admission is free ($3 suggested donation). Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11-5 & Thursdays until 8pm. During regular visitor hours, there are free visitor parking spots in the Gallery parking lot behind the Aidekman Arts Center, off Lower Campus Road.

Gallery Ambassadors [Tufts University Art Gallery]

Job Description:
The Tufts University Art Gallery is hiring four Gallery Ambassadors to join its core team of 12 student workers. Gallery Ambassadors provide a range of visitor services from front desk greeting and orientation, to ‘concierge-style’ problem solving, to security of works of art on loan for exhibitions, to conducting audience marketing surveys, to logistical support at special events and receptions. Ambassadors are the first, and often only staff members that the visiting public
encounters and thus bear the primary responsibility of creating a positive visitor experience.

Ambassadors will work 10 hours per week (except during times when the Gallery is closed to the public) and occasional special events. Ambassadors will work either Saturdays or Sundays from 11am to 5pm and 4 additional hours during the week. Gallery Hours are: Tuesdays through Sundays, 11am to 5pm and Thursdays 11am to 8pm. Position begin May 5th.

If you love art, informal teaching, enjoy talking to strangers, and want to learn more about how museums run, please apply!

Visitor or customer service experience and outgoing, friendly, and mature personality required. BA in an arts related field and/or museum and gallery experience preferred. If you cannot work weekends, do not apply. Minimum 1-year commitment required.

How to apply:
Qualified applicants should send a resume and brief cover letter describing why you want to work at the Tufts University Art Gallery and what skills you would bring to the job to: Hannah Swartz via email ( Please no phone calls. Applications will be considered through April 22.

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