EXHIBITS

INSPIRATION: TIME & TEXTURE

Closed May 2021

Inspiration: Time & Texture is an invitational art exhibit featuring works by local artists, inspired by the collections of the Mattapoisett Museum. Each artist is asked to draw inspiration from an object or aspect of the collection and create a site-specific installation imbued with self expression. This exhibition is an homage to Mattapoisett’s visual culture with reverence for the handmade. Artists may celebrate and/or challenge established historical narratives. The theme is intended to provide a common thread from which to view the works, not to prescribe or dictate a particular approach. Differing interpretations and perspectives are welcome, as contributors work within their own styles and mediums to express personal, powerful visions of their local connections. We encourage variety – some may take the theme literally, some may see it more like a metaphor. We invite either or both or something totally unexpected!

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MATTAPOISETT MOVERS & SHAKERS

 

A SELECTION OF CREATIVE, INNOVATIVE, AND INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE

Closed June 2019

Mattapoisett has a long history of producing innovative people, including engineers, artists, scientists, builders, and craftspeople. Mattapoisett's Movers and Shakers illustrates the diversity of the creative ideas that have come from the town, and how our special places are connected to the world through the spread of ideas, inventions, and experiences. The exhibit highlights a selection of creative and talented people who are linked to Mattapoisett, and outlines some of their most interesting achievements.

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MATTAPOISETT'S STRANGE & UNUSUAL: BOSOM BOARDS, BIBLES, AND BAUBLES

Coming sometime in 2021?

Come check out some of the weird, unusual, or just plain curious items from our collection! We’ve scoured the attic to find some interesting and entertaining things have not been featured in previous exhibits. This will be a fun one, so don’t miss it!

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MATTAPOISETT PLACES REMEMBERED

August 2021

Six interpretive panels are installed on the museum grounds, featuring materials from our collection including photos, paintings, and maps. These panels creatively highlight historical places and landmarks in town and direct visitors to selected locations throughout Mattapoisett Village and beyond. The exhibit encourages visitors to explore the town and think about how the past has shaped the fabric of present-day Mattapoisett. QR codes on the panels link to maps and/or instructions on our website, allowing visitors to use their mobil devices to discover the locations in person.

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MAPPING MATTAPOISETT

 

TRACING OUR PLACE IN THE WORLD

Closed September 2018

As functional, yet decorative items, maps can serve many different purposes. They can influence the way we see the world around us by visually representing places at scales we can’t otherwise perceive. Maps can also be vital records of historic events, settlement patterns, and street layouts. They are also often works of art, created by the hands of skilled craftsmen, surveyors, and illustrators. Maps are always created within a historical and cultural context, however, and thus they also reflect the values, priorities, and authority of those who produce them. And of course they can also be used to get from point A to point B!

Mapping Mattapoisett explores the museum’s extensive collection of maps and charts, most of which have never been displayed. The exhibit will have maps of all types on show, from Clifford Ashley’s A Chart of the Whale Coast of New England c. 1810 down to small, hand-drawn sketches of old Mattapoisett street plans and landmarks.