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Performance Art Links Carlow, Ireland and Cambridge, MA

Last night I attended an opening and performance of “Lateral Canal Ahead” by Rosalind Murray, an Irish artist who draws connections between her native Carlow and Cambridge through narrative, movement, imagery, video, and music.

Both places played a role in the industrial revolution of the 19th century, as evidenced by the train tracks and canals crisscrossing the landscapes. Many Irish came to Cambridge during the Great Famine in Ireland, working in and around the city and contributing to a large population increase in a short time.

Murray’s exhibit is at the Cambridge Arts Council through December 9, and she will be doing live performances in and around train tracks and water across the city this weekend.

My video captures snippets of her performance, but I highly recommend you go to see her at one of these outdoor sessions:
Saturday 10/15

  • 11am - Mount Auburn Cemetery (meet at the Observation Tower)
  • 12pm - Fresh Pond Reservation (meet at Water Department Parking Lot)
  • 2:30pm - Sherman Street Crossing (meet in Parking Lot next to Jose’s Mexican at 131 Sherman St)

Sunday 10/16

  • 2:45pm - Porter Square Commuter Rail Station (meet outside entrance at Mass Ave & Somerville Ave)
  • 5pm - 1St Street and Bent in East Cambridge (meet under the sign for Helmand Restaurant)

Exhibition: October 13 – December 9, 2011
CAC Gallery, Cambridge Arts Council, City Hall Annex
344 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Cambridge
Directions, gallery hours and more artist information: http://www.cambridgeartscouncil.org