Practice Gallery and Pattie Chalmers invite you to step right up to a time when Mudmaids ruled the American Waterways!
Don’t forget to Exit through the Gift Shop!
Pattie Chalmers’ Mudmaid Museum, reveals an alternate history filled with artifacts from when Mudmaids where first encountered in the American waterways. The Mudmaid Museum offers books, woodcarvings, photos, rag dolls, diaries, letters, and much, much, more from this foggy past!
Chalmers’ exhibition is based on historic presentations that suffer from the effects of a curatorial viewpoint. The cultural assumptions and references of a museum staff often come into play even with rigorous attempts to present objects and histories in an unbiased manner. Contemporary artists have called attention to the presence of this curatorial voice in institutions by re-curating and re-labeling the objects on display in museum collections. Chalmers’ approach is to create an independent “museum” within the walls of a gallery presenting fictitious artifacts, and a false history in the hope that it might motivate viewers to take a less passive role when presented with “facts”, and extend this critical view to information from other sources.
About the Artist
Mudmaid Museum: Pattie Chalmers
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