FALMOUTH – Tiny dolls can be powerful. That is what fiber artist Salley Mavor found out when she was getting ready to display her satirical creations at a local museum and was told to remove the political content.
When Nora Burchfield, executive director of the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts, heard about the incident, she arranged for Mavor to show the work at her museum. The works are now on display at the New England Quilt Museum until the end of December 2018.
On a recent Saturday at the museum in Lowell, patrons of all ages were looking at Mavor’s creations, including the satiric video “Liberty and Justice: A Cautionary Tale in the Land of the Free.”
Burchfield talked about why she wanted to show Mavor’s work in the context of what she sees as the role of museums in a time of division. In Burchfield’s view, museums can be places where civil discourse can take place.
Both Mavor and Burchfield will be part of a panel for a Community Conversation taking place Wednesday, October 24, from 6 to 7:30pm at the Falmouth Art Center, which is located at 137 Gifford Street in Falmouth, Massachusetts.
Beginning as the Falmouth Artists Guild back in 1965, the Falmouth Art Center, where Mavor has been a longtime member and where Mavor’s mother, Mary Mavor, was one of the founders, has long been a place where artists could gather and exchange ideas.
The Conversation is free and open to the public.
Here is Burchfield, in a room full of the work of Falmouth artist Salley Mavor, discussing the role of museums when it comes to politics and controversy.
Laura M. Reckford is executive director of the Falmouth Art Center.
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