Pepón Osorio, Opening Celebration

Drowned in a Glass of Water: An Installation by Pepón Osorio, Opening Celebration

69 Union Street, North Adams – Former Gateway Chevrolet Dealership
Hours: Wednesday–Friday, 12:00–6:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am–6:00 pm; Sunday, 10:00 am–2:00 pm

The Williams College Museum of Art has commissioned a new work of art by artist Pepón Osorio, whose creative practice involves a process of social engagement.

Over the past year, Osorio has shared conversations, stories, and meals with many people in Williamstown and North Adams, Massachusetts. The result—a large-scale, multimedia installation that slowly revolves—represents the stories of two families, transforming personal memory into a collective narrative.

What are the dynamics that nourish an individual, a family, or a community? How do we cope with challenges that seem so large we feel like we are “drowning in a glass of water”? Following Osorio’s practice, the exhibition opens first in an unconventional setting—a former Chevrolet dealership in North Adams—and then at the museum this fall. By shifting context, the project enables the museum to link audiences in dialogue and reflection and become a crossroad to the community.

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