Prattsville Clews Exhibition

Prattsville Clews – A Case Study
by CLOVER ARCHER, Chronicler of Inklings at The Institute for Clew Studies
The Zadock Pratt Museum in collaboration with Prattsville Art Center presents Prattsville Clews – A Case Study by Clover Archer, an online exhibition exploring micro or granular histories – small ordinary moments in everyday lives that fill in the vast amount of time around lifetime milestones or what is more generally considered “important.” As a creative endeavor that combines contemporary artistic practice with historical research, the Prattsville Clews Project online exhibition is a collaboration between Prattsville Art Center and the Zadock Pratt Museum. This project brings together the missions of Prattsville’s historical foundation and its creative community center to examine overlooked trajectories between the past, present, and future, and to celebrate this unique area of the Catskill region. In Part I of this two-part presentation, the Zadock Pratt Museum is hosting a digital exhibition of the graphite drawings, the text of the “clews” that inspired the drawings, and the family trees that became artworks as their branches were jointly filled in by current family members with names and stories. In Part II of this two-part presentation, the Prattsville Art Center will host on its website the Clew Registry wherein visitors are invited to contribute a biographical detail that may subtly shift how future researchers will understand them.
Drawings were done by study participants on 8X10 paper in pencil.
Additional Links: Artist’s Statement Artist’s Bio Background Community Collaboration Family Trees Video Acknowledgements This project is made possible through the generosity of Washington and Lee University’s Lenfest Grants. Additional support for this project has been provided by National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by public funds from the Greene County Legislature through the Cultural Fund administered in Greene County by CREATE/Greene County Council on the Arts, and by the O’Connor Foundation, the Tianaderrah Foundation, Community Action of Greene County, NYU, the Tom Potter Music Fund, Americorps, the Zadock Pratt Museum, and the businesses and members of our community. The Zadock Pratt Museum is also funded in part by a Humanities New York CARES Grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the federal CARES Act. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Zadock Pratt Museum would also like to thank the following organizations for their support: Bank of Greene, Nicholas J. Juried Family Foundation, Lindsay & Olive B. O’Connor Foundation, and the Town of Prattsville.
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