NORTH ADAMS -- Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ Gallery 51 has announced a new exhibition, "Rewilderment: Passing Through the Veil between Worlds." This mixed-media show will explore themes of ritual, witchcraft and mediumistic practices.
The public is invited to attend a free opening reception for "Rewilderment" on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. This event will include "Ye Olde Dee Jay" Mark Mulherrin, who will spin 78 records on a vintage Victrola.
"Rewilderment" includes a collection of collaborative and solo works by three New York-based artists: Sarah Falkner, Shannon Taggart and Ryder Cooley, manager of MCLA Gallery 51. Viewers will be presented with their evocative two- and three-dimensional work, including photography, video, altars and artifacts. Falkner will exhibit a selection of healing-power objects, Cooley will install a series of drawings and curios, and Taggart will exhibit excerpts from her "Spirit Photography" series.
The "Rewilderment" collaboration began as a series of performance rituals created by Cooley and Falkner in 2011. Through this collaboration, the artists created videos, costumes, mystical symbols, tattoos and performance works, as they worked closely with a number of significant sites, including burial grounds, swamps and gardens. They also worked with a variety of elements, such as poison ivy, goats, rabbits, gingerbread houses and animal relics.
In 2012, Falkner and Cooley began a collaboration with Taggart, a photographer, who since has documented a number of their performative actions. A selection of these photographs will be on display, along with props, objects and residue from the rituals. According to Cooley, "Rewilderment" draws inspiration from fairy tales, remote viewing experiments, spirit communications, lunar navigations and dowsing. The project as a whole sets forth to create hypnotic triggers as gateways for otherworldly phenomena.
After the opening reception, MCLA Presents! will team up with DownStreet Art for "Halloween concert: Music Macabre," a multi-media event featuring music, projections, costumes, taxidermy and more, at 8:30 p.m., in the Branch Gallery, 18 Holden St. The show also will include performances by C. Ryder Cooley and the Dust Bowl Faeries, as well as Shana Falana, an experimental "dream-pop" band.
"Rewilderment: Passing Through the Veil between Worlds" will run through Dec. 1. The gallery, at 51 Main St., is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Doors to "Halloween Concert: Music Macabre" open at 8 p.m., with music starting at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission. Those who wear macabre costumes get in for $5. Tickets for MCLA staff and faculty are $5. Members and MCLA students get in for free.