The Italian American Family Album artfully compiles MacPhersons memories of growing up in the home of his grandmother, who emigrated from Sicily in 1896. He essentially transforms the gallery into her living and dining rooms, circa 1940s. The work is interactive: Visitors are welcome to snack on MacPhersons favorite childhood cookies and listen to Italian music. Theres also an Ancestral Excavations area, which includes more than a dozen paintings based on old family photographs. The pics -- which feature MacPhersons relatives -- include background info about various kin.
All of the paintings are done in egg tempera -- the very same method employed by Renaissance masters like Botticelli back in the day. Egg tempera is infinitely associated with Italy, says MacPherson. So Ive been able to depict my family in a look that says Italian. The installation also includes video interviews with MacPhersons grandmother and cousin, who discuss arranged marriages, prejudice, and the Great Depression. This installation is more than just an art show with paintings on the wall, he says.
Saturdays, Sundays, 1-6 p.m.; Mondays, Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tuesdays, Thursdays, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fridays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Starts: Oct. 14. Continues through Oct. 25, 2007
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