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Sam Durant at the Old Manse

  • The Old Manse, The Trustees of Reservations 269 Monument Street Concord, MA, 01742 United States (map)

Los Angeles-based multimedia artist Sam Durant, independent curator Pedro Alonzo, and Haley House’s Nina LaNegra and Fulani Haynes, hosted by The Trustees as part of theorganization’s new Art and the Landscape Initiative designed to bring curated outdoor installations by renowned artists to some of its most iconic properties and create new, inspirational experiences for visitors.

Lyceum I: The Picnic: Food on the tablebrings families and communities together. This event, in partnership with Haley House, addresses food culture as a means to start a willing dialogue of healing. As the participants eat from a menu of traditional African American dishes, speakers will share the history of the food, the ingredients, and the recipes. Participants are invited to bring and share their own food stories and recipes. The Picnic is the first offour core events, called ‘lyceums’ in the spirit of 19th centurygatherings, that The Trustees’ have planned to engage the public in the The Meeting House installation on viewat the Old Manse through October. Event is free, open to the public, and suitable for all ages. 

The Meeting House: The structure, based on the houses of the firstemancipated African men and women in Concord, features an open, transparent pavilion that is designed to function as a platform for the public to share andexplore history, artwork, and issues of race, while reactivating The Old Manse as a setting for critical discussions. The installation is complimented by an exhibition inside the Manse featuring replicated, post-colonial African artifacts and a reinterpretation of existing pieces through the lens of the enslaved people who may have impacted them.