Talk at Rokeby shows art influences from history

FERRISBURGH — What happens when historic sites and contemporary art join forces to bring ideas from the past into the present? Is art the new mode of interpretation and are artists the new interpreters? Artist and writer Ric Kasini Kadour will explore these questions in a lecture and slideshow on Sunday, Sept. 30, at Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh.
In “The Past Is now: Historic Sites as Venues for Contemporary Art,” Kadour will use examples ranging from the Palace of Versailles and New York City’s Governors Island, to Vermont’s Kent Museum in Calais, share illustrative research initiatives conducted in the U.S. and England, and lead a discussion of what the fusion of history and art can mean.
Kadour and Rokeby Museum Director Catherine Brooks encourage artists interested in interacting with historic sites to attend, as well as members of historical societies interested in strategies for bringing their work to new audiences.
Kadour is a writer, artist, publisher, and cultural worker. He is the founder and editor of “Vermont Art Guide,” a quarterly, printed magazine about contemporary art in Vermont. He also publishes “Art Map Burlington,” a monthly guide to Burlington’s contemporary art scene and, since 2012, “Kolaj Magazine,” an international print magazine about contemporary, fine art collage. Kadour has written for a number of galleries and his writing has appeared in “Hyperallergic,” “Vermont Magazine,” Seven Days, Seattle Weekly, “Art New England,” (where he was the former Vermont editor), and many others.

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