A juried exhibition - A Dedication to Craft: North Bennet Street School @125
The renowned school’s 125th anniversary is celebrated at the Concord Museum in Concord, MA
In a historic collaboration, the Concord Museum and Boston’s North Bennet Street School are celebrating the renowned North End school’s 125th anniversary with a juried exhibition of the work of fifty-nine distinguished alumni from ten states across the country. Included in the special exhibition are over sixty examples of furniture, jewelry, musical instruments and bookbindings, as well as illustrations of the work of the preservation carpentry, carpentry and locksmithing programs. Some of the objects on view draw their inspiration from craft techniques of the past; others bring a fresh look to classic pieces using today’s innovative technology.
Both institutions have been contributing to the cultural life of Greater Boston for 125 years by preserving and advancing craft traditions and by promoting an appreciation of quality design that transcends time and fashion. North Bennet Street School was incorporated in 1885, a year earlier than the Concord Museum, as the North Bennet Street Industrial School. Pauline Agassiz Shaw, the school’s founder, was committed to teaching the skills needed for immigrants to obtain employment. Today, the school trains students for careers in traditional trades that use hand skills in concert with evolving technology. The Concord Museum’s nationally renowned collection of 35,000 objects made or owned in Concord includes important examples of furniture, clocks, silver and other objects made by skilled craftsmen over three centuries. Only a handful of Americana collections are as old or as well documented. A Dedication to Craft is on view at the Concord Museum through March 21, 2010. The exhibition is supported in part by Skinner, Inc.
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Concord, MA 01742
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