Coffee with the Curator: A Conversation on Greenwich Voices

Greenwich Voices is definitely not your average exhibition. Beginning in October 2014, under the direction of curator Karen Frederick, conceptual artists and guest curators Karina Aguilera Skvirsky and Liselot van der Heijden ranged throughout town to record and edit answers to a specific list of questions posed to residents of all ages and walks of life. The goal was to chronicle how residents described life in Greenwich and then to create an anonymous oral portrait of the town on the occasion of its 375th birthday. Happily, for those visiting the exhibition, the answers run the gamut, and hearing all the varied responses makes for a truly thought-provoking experience. In the end, no one escapes the question: “How would I answer that?”

On Thursday, July 9, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., the Greenwich Historical Society will host a free, behind-the-scenes coffee-hour tour of the exhibition, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cobb. Curator Frederick will discuss how the exhibition was conceived and developed and talk about this unusual method of chronicling local history. Guests will have an opportunity to discuss their own responses to the exhibition questions and to share their thoughts about the show.

Greenwich Voices, supported by a generous gift from Russ and Debbie Reynolds, is a true multimedia departure for the Historical Society. The project pushes new boundaries, illustrating how glimpses into daily life, past or present, can provide context and shape the way future generations interpret history. All of the recordings complied, including those not used for the exhibition, will be saved in the Historical Society library and archives and will serve as a unique time capsule to be shared on the town’s 400th birthday in 2040.

Coffee will be served. Admission is free, but reservations are encouraged. Call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10 or email [email protected]

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