MCLA Gallery 51 and PRESS: Letterpress as a public art project are busy with new exhibition openings, lectures, workshops, classes and always active ideas.

Starting this upcoming Thursday November 3th, 5-7pm, MCLA’s Gallery51 presents “Photos of This Undescribed,” by Ben Ripley.

The show includes the photograph, “River Journey,” which Ripley created by shooting in onto a negative that is 100 feet long and 2 feet high, spooled across a giant 19th century brass lens. About 75 feet long, “River Journey” is a record of an exposure in a giant camera mounted on a boat traveling down a river.
The handmade boat – also on display for this exhibition – that Ripley used to create the 75-foot-long photograph is partially made of recycled banners from Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA).

An artist talk will be held at Gallery 51 Monday November 7th at 5:30 pm.

On Thursday November, 10th at 7:30 p.m. Melanie Mowinski, the proprietress of PRESS; Abbot Cutler, professor of poetry at MCLA; Barry Sternlieb of Mad River Press and Hannah Fries from Orion Magazine will all share their poetry. This appointment will be the first of a Poetry Series held at PRESS: Letterpress as a public art project, 107 Main Street.

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