It’s easy to think of an open space as somewhere where nothing has yet been built, but in urban environments, that often isn’t the case. Providence Public Library’s current exhibit, part of the 41.8219° N, 71.4171° W exhibition and program series, uses a digital tour and site-specific signs located throughout the city to examine the layered histories of parking lots, city parks, empty lots, and other open places. Join the Library’s Curatorial Assistant for an hour-long conversation about her research and curation process for the exhibit, vacancy, urban farming, landscape as palimpsest, places that no longer exist, wastelands, urban wilderness, and what the earth remembers.
This program takes place outside and there is no formal seating; participants are welcome to bring their own portable chairs, or to sit on the ground.
Presenter bio: Angela DiVeglia is an artist, archivist, and urban gardener; New England’s post-industrial landscape is her natural habitat. She works as the Curatorial Assistant in Providence Public Library’s Special Collections.