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Sam Durant

sam durant

Sam Durant
The Meeting House

£14.95 | $24.95
20 x 25 cm | 10 x 8 in
100 ills | 80 pages
Series of booklets in a folding slipcase
ISBN 9781911164340   

Authors/Contributors Pedro Alonzo, Kevin Young, Danielle Legros Georges, Robin Coste-Lewis, Tim Phillips

Sam Durant The Meeting House brings together material from American multimedia artist Sam Durant’s project of the same name, which acts as a platform for inspiring new ideas in relation to the intractable structures of racial discrimination and segregation.

Sam Durant’s project, The Meeting House, takes place between The Old Manse, a historic house where leading thinkers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Margaret Fuller discussed the issues of the day, including abolitionist debates, and the Minuteman National Park where the American Revolutionary War began in 1775.

The project acts as a platform for inspiring new ideas in relation to the intractable structures of racial discrimination and segregation. Based on houses constructed by the first free Africans in late eighteenth-century Concord, Massachusetts, the pavilion structure creates an open, transparent framework oriented to the future.

Presented as a series of booklets in a folding slipcase, The Meeting House documents a series of programmes that invite visitors to participate in a dialogue about the issues brought to light by Durant’s thought-provoking project. These programmes include workshops, readings and discussions focused on African-American writing, philosophy, music, food and spirituality.

Sam Durant has exhibited widely in the US, as well as internationally; his work can be found in many public collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Tate Modern, London; Project Row Houses, Houston; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Durant teaches at the Californian Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California.

The Meeting House is curated by Pedro Alonzo for The Trustees of the Reservation’s Art in the Landscape Exhibition.