Rose B. Simpson | Williams College Museum of Art

Counterculture: Rose B. Simpson and Monique Tyndall in Conversation

Sunday, June 19, 2022
11:00 am
 – 12:00 pm

Join artist Rose B. Simpson in conversation with Monique Tyndall, Director of Cultural Affairs, Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans, at the Williams College Museum of Art.

Together, they will discuss Simpson’s Counterculture, a monumental public sculpture on view at Field Farm—The Trustees’ 2022 Art & the Landscape commission—as well as the enduring presence and engagement of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians on their homelands, and in relationship to this project.

This conversation is free and open to all, and is co-sponsored by The Trustees, Forge Project, and Williams College Museum of Art. Registration is encouraged but not required. Sign up via The Trustees website here.

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Rose B. Simpson: “Counterculture”

June 18 – November 30, 2022
The Guest House at Field Farm
544 Sloan Road
Williamstown, MA 01267

Counterculture open this June at Field Farm in Williamstown.

The exhibition will be installed along the horizon line of a Field Farm meadows that is visible from Sloan Road. The sculptural artwork consists of twelve cast-concrete figures supported by steel-gauge wireframes that stand approximately nine feet tall. The figures are covered with a dry concrete spray, adorned with ceramic and found objects, and include steel-posts rooted into the ground with cement.

Simpson’s most ambitious work to date, Counterculture honors generations of marginalized people and cultures whose voices have been too often silenced by colonization. The figures look West across a post-apocalyptic vista, the vast homelands from which native peoples were forcibly removed. The artist imagines the figures as watchful presences, reminders that history and the natural world perpetually observe humanity. With hollow eyes that catch the morning sunlight, the feminine-bodied forms also suggest that Mother Earth shows us the way—that respect for the land and its original inhabitants are the honorable way forward.

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