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.
2022 exhibitions included 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.
Our 2023 line-up will be announced in coming weeks. Stay tuned! We can’t wait to share it with you.
Per our mission, every DATMA exhibition and event is free and open to the public.
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.
On view June 16 – Sept 12, 2022 at UMass Dartmouth CVPA Swain Gallery, the exhibition featured 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 Mona Ghandi; 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.
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.
Safe Harbor: Building the New Bedford Hurricane Protection Barrier
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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
Need to stretch your legs and catch some sunshine? Thanks to #NBCreative, there is a public art tour to help you explore public art in New Bedford throughout the city. This tour can take you from one artwork to another or simply help you identify the artwork you see everyday. It’s incredible how artists can
SHELTER program partners
3rd Eye Unlimited, AHA!, The Drawing Room, Norpel Fisheries, New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, New Bedford Free Public Library, New Bedford Food Tours, Rotch Jones Duff House Museum & Gardens, New Bedford Historical Society, James Arnold Mansion, UMass Dartmouth College for Visual & Performing Arts, New Bedford Science Cafe, Greater New Bedford Vocational Technical High School, New Bedford High School, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, & the City of New Bedford