Walden: Four Views

Date(s) - 02/10/17 - 08/20/17 12:00 am

Location: Concord Museum

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The Concord Museum will launch its 2017 celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of Henry David Thoreau, one of America’s most thought-provoking writers and thinkers, with a deeply personal exhibition by photographer Abelardo Morell. Walden: Four Views by Abelardo Morell will be on exhibit in the Concord Museum’s Wallace Kane Gallery from February 10 through August 20, 2017.

Guided and inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s journals and his seminal work Walden, Morell has made panoramic photographic works that suggest a new perspective from which to look at Walden Pond. Whether by using his “tent-camera” to bring an image of Walden Pond onto the ground or creating a cliché-verre picture of a body of water using ink on glass, Morell envisions the well-known landmark as a place where artistic invention opens up our consideration of the territory.

Now a Massachusetts resident, Morell was born in Havana, Cuba, immigrated to the United States in 1962, graduated from Bowdoin College, and received his MFA from Yale University. His work has been collected and shown in many galleries and museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He is Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Morell is perhaps most famous for his work in which he converts rooms into a camera obscura in order to photograph the strange and delightful meeting of the outside world with the room’s interior.

The Concord Museum holds the world’s largest and most significant collection of artifacts related to Henry David Thoreau including the simple green desk on which he wrote many of the words that continue to resonate so profoundly throughout the United States and beyond.

Walden: Four Views by Abelardo Morell will be accompanied by a broad range of public programming, including workshops, gallery talks, and children’s activities. While the bicentennial of Thoreau’s birth will be recognized worldwide, it is of special significance to Concord, his hometown. This exhibition will serve as the beginning of the celebration at the Concord Museum for both residents and visitors from across the country and around the world.

Image Above: Walden: Woods and Pond, 2016, Abelardo Morell