LIGHT:2020 at a Glance
From June – September 2020, DATMA used art and technology to bring some needed light to the people of our community during the darkest hours of the coronavirus.
Building on the success of our Summer Winds 2019 project, DATMA presented virtual programs and outdoor exhibitions for audiences to engage with artwork from the sidewalk, their bicycles, or cars. The Light theme was inspired by the 19th century whaling industry which earned New Bedford the title of “the City that Lit the World.” The celebrate this history, DATMA focused on programs united by the theme of LIGHT. Artists included; MASARY Studios, Patricia Gomes, Soo Sunny Park, and partner exhibitions and programs with New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, AHA! New Bedford Free Public Library, 3rd Eye Unlimited, The Drawing Room, New Bedford Vocational Technical High School, New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!, and the UMass Dartmouth’s College for Visual & Performing Arts, and New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center.
LIGHT:2020 public art exhibitions
Soo Sunny Park, Photo Kinetic Grid, 2018, Exhibited at the Swain Studio at the UMass Dartmouth Star Store Campus. Photo-kinetic Grid, was a spectacular exhibit that could be seen through the Star Store’s floor to ceiling windows. Viewers were mystified by reflective silver mirrors embedded in welded chain link fencing emitting light and colorful rainbows generated by camera-projector cycles.
MASARY Studios, VESSELS, 2020, Three downtown New Bedford building facades will come alive thanks to renowned MASARY Studios who have created large-scale digital projections with unique musical accompaniment that spotlight our maritime industry —still the heart of our region’s economy. This project was supported by partnerships that were paramount to the success of this project. A special thanks to the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center and to LuminArtz for their instrumental collaboration on the Vessels project.
MASARY Studios, VESSELS in Situ, 2020, an online presentation of VESSELS: Click here to view VESSELS in Situ from your device. In conjunction with the artwork presented in 2020, MASARY Studios created a a documentary style video reflecting on the site specific public art piece etitled, “VESSELS.” The video tells the story of the fishing industry, its vessels, DATMA, New Bedford, the art piece VESSELS and how all interconnected to create the contemporary artwork. Watch this 10 min video HERE.
Pastoral Light, curated by Allie Copeland presented a collection of landscape paintings from the New Bedford Free Public Library.
Light Reflections, an overview of DATMA’s public art projects presented at New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!
Watch Artist Talks & Performances from our LIGHT:2020 Archives
- 3 interior design specialists gave an overview of how to light your home in a talk hosted by The Drawing Room
- WGBH’s Open Studios hosts DATMA to talk more about Light:2020
- New Bedford Symphony Orchestra members shared a de”light”ful music performance in front of Photo-Kinetic Grid
- MASARY Studios artists gave an overview of their approach to their unique art form in their talk co-hosted by the Fishing Heritage Center and DATMA
- Gallery Director, Viera Levit interviews DATMA’s very own Lindsay Mis inside the Soo Sunny Park exhibition
The City that Lit the World, 2020
Read by the author. The read Pat’s poem, you may visit her work published in our news section HERE. We would also like to share a work she wrote for DATMA’s 2019 Summer Winds Series titled, Gale Force.
Below, MASARY Studios created teasers for each of their exhibition locations or watch the whole piece in VESSELS in Situ.
New Bedford Symphony Orchestra Pop-up Performance
Music is both a doorway and a shelter. Musicians of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert at our Custom House Square installation with a program of music that embodies the spirit of both these enduring values.
LIGHT program partners
3rd Eye Unlimited
AHA! (Art, History, Architecture)
Boys & Girls Club of NB
Bristol Community College
The Drawing Room
New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks!
New Bedford Ballet
New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
New Bedford Free Public Library
Rotch Jones Duff House Museum & Gardens
UMass Dartmouth College for Visual & Performing Arts
New Bedford Science Cafe
Greater New Bedford Vocational Technical High School
Youth Opportunities Unlimited, Y.O.U.
City of New Bedford