Shelter 2022-2023: Where tradition meets technology
The history, economy, and culture of the SouthCoast region is rooted in the value of ‘shelter’—from the Underground Railroad that harbored African Americans from slavery, to the 9,100-foot-long hurricane barrier that protects the harbor of the #1 fishing port in the United States. This season, public outdoor exhibitions will be installed along the city’s waterfront and in downtown New Bedford; indoor exhibitions will be at the UMASS College of Visual and Performing Arts Swain Studio which is also seen at street level through their floor to ceiling corner windows. Per our mission, every DATMA exhibition is free and open to the public.
From now – September 12, 2022 exhibitions includes the following artists; Rael San Fratello (California), Fitzcarmel LaMarre (New Bedford, MA), Do Ho Suh (South Korea), Abeer Seikaly (Jordan), Alison Wells (Trinidad and Tobago / New Bedford based), Our Sisters’ School (New Bedford), and rare archival and contemporary images from the U.S.Army Corps of Engineers.
Exhibition hours & locations
- Safe Station: New Bedford’s Underground Railroad: Open all day outdoors on the YMCA green space on Union Street, between N.2nd & N. Water Street.
- Safe Harbor: Building the New Bedford Hurricane Protection Barrier: Open all-day outdoors in Tonnessen Park, part of the harborfront Art Walk on Macarthur Boulevard next to the Black Whale & the Clam Shack. GPS address is: 106 MacArthur Dr., New Bedford, MA
- Flexible Fibers + Sustainable Solutions: On view at UMass Dartmouth CVPA Swain Gallery at 715 Purchase Street in New Bedford. Indoor access is from 10am to 7pm daily, Sunday’s until 5:00pm.
SHELTER: Flexible Fibers + Sustainable Solutions
This exhibition explores the fabrication of dwellings through the making of and engagement with unique materials that have resulted in striking architectural productions, community-based collaborations, and developments in new structural fabrics and spatial design. The exhibition features Do Ho Suh’s ‘fabric architecture’ sculpture exploring identity, migration, and memory; one of the largest bio-plastic 3D-printed structures to date from Rael San Fratello; and Abeer Seikaly’s photography of her structural fabrics system inspired by traditional Bedouin textiles. These works, and the creative processes behind them, demonstrate how new technologies weave unique materials and innovations to advance the viewers vision of home while reacting to the housing crisis in a humanitarian way.
This show on view at UMass Dartmouth CVPA Swain Gallery at 715 Purchase Street in New Bedford. Indoor access is from 10am to 8pm daily, Sunday’s until 5:00pm.
Safe Station: New Bedford’s Underground Railroad
Safe Station tells the story of New Bedford’s unique history in opposition to slavery through the lens of local artists. Highlighting key figures and spaces central to the city’s African American community, each artists’ work reflects on the stories of self-emancipated people, the history of the Underground Railroad, and the New Bedford abolition movement. Featured artists include Alison Wells, Fitzcarmel LaMarre, and students from Our Sisters’ School. Local history and self-guided tours will be presented in collaboration with the New Bedford Historical Society and the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. Visitors can also access interactive digital components, VR tours, and videos originally created for the New Bedford Historical Society and UMass Dartmouth’s exhibition, Black Spaces Matter: Celebrating New Bedford’s Abolition Row.
Find this exhibition in Downtown New Bedford outdoors at the YMCA green space on Union Street, between N.2nd Street and N. Water Street.
Safe Harbor: Building the New Bedford Hurricane Protection Barrier
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Historic Homes of New Bedford
A collection of historic photographs of New Bedford homes from the 19th and early 20th century will be presented. The exhibit will include photos from historic downtown, as well as the West and South ends and will focus on working class homes, many of which no longer exist. Some of the images in the exhibit are only available through the library as all other photographic evidence of these homes have been lost to time. The exhibit will be available in person at the Main Library and accompanied by an extended online experience and walking tour in collaboration with DATMA from May 12 through September 30.
This exhibition will feature work by women artists of color with diverse cultural backgrounds and unique perspectives. This contemporary exploration combines historical and present-day narratives that deal with the concept of safety, protection, and home. Curated by artist Alison Wells in collaboration with the gallery director Viera Levitt, Sheltered will be on view from May 24 through September 8 with an exhibition opening and artist talk on AHA! Night on June 9 at 6 pm at the University Art Gallery at UMass Dartmouth CVPA at 715 Purchase Street in New Bedford. An opening Reception will be AHA! Night, Thursday, June 9, 6-8 pm; Artist Talks 6 pm. Exhibiting Artists: Gloretta Baynes, L’Merchie Frazier, Ekua Holmes, Meclina, Priestly, Corinne Spencer, Alison Wells
Beauty and Resilience Within
Basic shelter is a key necessity; how this is defined varies as comforts within the built environment enhance daily life. Consideration for the diversity of building occupants and the importance of creating resilient spaces are emphasized here. Light, furniture, color, and art all help to enliven the spaces in which are occupied. This exhibition features groupings of tactile and digital student work from the undergraduate Interior Architecture + Design curriculum coordinated by lecturers Rose Mary Botti-Salitsky and Stephanie McGoldrick.
Beauty and Resilience Within will be on view from June 9 through September 8 with an exhibition opening on AHA! Night on June 9 from 6-8pm at UMass Dartmouth CVPA at 715 Purchase Street in New Bedford.
Fish Boats is an exhibit and program series exploring fishing vessels as depicted by members of the fishing community in drawings, paintings, photographs, models, songs, poems, and stories. For those who make their living from the sea, fishing vessels are like family members, however, most people do not associate the industry’s workforce with the creation of art. This project will offer audiences a new lens through which to view fishing boats and its community from September 8 through March 31, 2023 at Fishing Heritage Center on 38 Bethel Street in New Bedford. AHA! Nights are always free.
For media inquiries, please contact: Edwina A. Kluender, KLÜNDER Communications [email protected] & PH 1.617.888.5859. Here is our downloadable press release: DATMA Press Release SHELTER2022 Announcement FINAL, 03.22.22
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SHELTER program partners
UMass Dartmouth College for Visual & Performing Arts
New Bedford Science Cafe
Greater New Bedford Vocational Technical High School